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Our Town, Stripped Down

PCS’s classic opening is surprisingly fresh.

Thornton Wilder said Our Town was his favorite work, but that it was rarely performed to his satisfaction. It should be done sincerely without being sentimental, because that’s how the majority of o   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Pistols Cocked

In Funhouse’s Deadwood spinoff, the fuckups are funniest.

HBO’s three seasons of Deadwood are some of the premium channel’s finest offerings. In many ways, the show was the blueprint for Game of Thrones, just set in the Wild West frontier. Fans writhed i   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Sweet Anticipation

NWCTC has audiences holding their breath.

Blackout. The sound of marching. Then, a spotlight on a haggard man, sitting alone on a pile of rocks below a knotty tree. Before the lights even come up at Northwest Classical Theat   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 RACHEL SANDSTROM

Theater Review: Looped (Triangle Productions)

This Old Hollywood requires patience, or pills.

In 1965, Hollywood grande dame Tallulah Bankhead once notoriously took eight hours in a recording studio to tape a single line of dialogue for her final film, Die! Die! My Darling! T   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 RACHEL SANDSTROM

Theater Review: Equivocation (Post5 Theatre)

No question here—Post5’s premiere is sharp.

In the face of religious persecution, government subterfuge and torture, what power does art have? That’s the question in Bill Cain’s post-9/11 masterpiece that filters terrorism paranoia through    More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Theater Review: Schizo (Katie Watkins)

Her brother’s diagnosis was a taboo topic. Now it’s center stage.

On an otherwise sparse stage in a large, empty room, Katie Watkins sits on the ground, surrounded by a semicircle of more than two dozen lamps. The lights flicker on and off as the distant roar of a h   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Netflix, Live?

Third Rail Repertory Theatre is launching a new membership model.

After nearly a decade spent hopping around Portland’s theaters to stage its famously varied programming, Third Rail Repertory Theatre has finally settled down. With a new, permanent residence at Ima   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 JAY HORTON

Wicked (Broadway in Portland)

In a tired show, look to the front row.

Arguably, the best thing that happened on opening night of the touring Broadway production of Wicked wasn’t onstage, but in front of the first row, stage right. That’s where two    More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Time, A Fair Hustler

Hand2Mouth’s reimagining is a rare cine-stage wonder.

You’d be forgiven for gagging at the mention of “Van Sant” given Portland’s recent binge on the director’s work. The Essential Gus Van Sant series ran at the Northwest Film Center from   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Actors, Anonymous

Anonymous Theatre’s one-night mystery at PCS is under wraps.

A black SUV pulls up to a tiny, beige house in far Southeast. A woman in dark clothing gets out and enters the house. I count to 10, then follow.  “This is my friend’s house,” she t   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 ALLIE DONAHUE

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