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A Dark Detroit Night

A new folk opera reimagines The Snow Queen in the Motor City.


Theater
A few years ago, while traveling through Detroit, musician Laura Dunn stepped into an abandoned ballroom. On the floor was a shattered chandelier—a small one, but in memory it grew to wondrous   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

Top Three Best Bets For Fertile Ground


Theater
ID[ea] Back in August, participants in Third Rail’s mentorship program were given 36 hours to make a piece of theater. What emerged is a play about how we create, transform and strip apart our    More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Snowstorm

From Russia with love.


Theater
The Snowstorm begins with an intense concert. Sitting at a piano in the darkened theater, Eric Nordin looks calm and serene, but that belies the torrent of sound he’s producing. As the final   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Portland Center Stage)

A chunky Chekhov smoothie, spiked with voodoo curses and Snow White.


Theater
Christopher Durang has likened his latest play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, to Chekhov put through a comic blender. It’s a comparison that puts me in mind of those Will It Blend? videos   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock: Theater Review

Luck of the Irish.


Theater
The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock aren’t too impressive. “The eighth is my arse!” says Mag (Marilyn Stacey), proprietor of the Cap ’n’ Bells pub. But her lumbering, amiable son Jonty (   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Santa (Liminal Performance Group)

It’s a not-so-wonderful life.


Theater
Santa Claus is in rough shape. His suit is smudged with soot. He rings his bell like the world’s most depressed Salvation Army volunteer. Trudging onstage into a stark shaft of light, he wails   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

A Cummings Christmas

Liminal Performance Group runs wild with E.E. Cummings’ strange little Yuletide play.


Theater
Most of us know E.E. Cummings for his poetry. But in addition to conducting wacky typographical experiments, Cummings was also a playwright. Not a terribly prolific one: He wrote only four pla   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Blithe Spirit

Ghost at the feast.


Theater
Death is entirely a laughing matter. At least, that’s the case in Artists Rep’s production of Blithe Spirit, directed by Christopher Liam Moore. Noël Coward’s 1941 comedy finds well-to-do   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas

Losing battle.


Theater
For a few moments after the introductory dance barrage, right when one of Portland’s oldest comedy troupes settles down for a looooong winter’s slapstick, The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas feel   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 JAY HORTON

As You Like It (Post5 Theatre)

A converted church in Sellwood: the perfect home for Shakespeare.


Theater
You don’t have to give Macbeth a lightsaber, turn Rosencrantz and Guildenstern into Mafiosos or set Twelfth Night at an office party in Tigard to reimagine Shakespeare. Making the Bard accessi   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH
 

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