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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

True West

A rugged man is hard to find.


Theater
There’s no Wild West anymore. So says Austin (Nick Ferrucci) to his brother Lee (Ben Newman) in True West, the final production in Profile Theatre’s season of Sam Shepard. The pair is cooped   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Worst. Show. Ever.

The most painful shows in Portland theater history.


Theater
There’s something singularly awful about sitting through a bad theater production—the eye contact, the vicarious embarrassment, the creeping sense of physical pain, the certainty that you wi   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 WW Staff

The Poe Must Go On

Masque of the Red Death does more than justice to the master of the macabre.


Theater
Entering the brightly lit studio space, we’re handed delicate white party masks. Some are decorated with spiky branches, others with snakelike scales. Tinkly music plays. Some people waltz and   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Bob: A Life in Five Acts (Theatre Vertigo)

He’s the king of the White Castle.


Theater
Everybody’s waiting for their big break. But not everybody is as honest about it as Bob. Born and abandoned in a restroom stall of a White Castle in Louisville, Ky., Bob (Nathan Crosby) insists    More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Typographer’s Dream: Theater Review

Labor relations.


Theater
You are where you work, we’re told. Lawyers are argumentative assholes, and nurses are either cold or caring. It’s a trope common in fiction since Dickens. In The Typographer’s Dream, writ   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Theater Review: The Turn (The Reformers)

A gothic ghost story by way of Kubrick.


Theater
When it comes to tales about sweet-faced children able to commune with ghosts, few are more chilling than Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. But that’s not   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Theater Review: The Last Days

Night of the thinking dead.


Theater
With zombies invading everything from prime-time TV to Pride and Prejudice parodies, the genre’s bar for originality is pretty high. Post5 Theatre’s The Last Days clears it with poise. Four pe   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Piano Lesson (Portland Playhouse)

Blood, sweat and tears—and ghosts.


Theater
August Wilson used to talk about what he called “blood’s memory,” the collective history of American blacks that forever brings the past back into the present. In Wilson’s Pulitzer-win   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Middletown (Third Rail Repertory)

On the mysteries of the universe.


Theater
The director’s note for Third Rail’s production of Middletown asserts that this play “is NOT a modern-day Our Town.” You can understand Marcella Crowson’s vehemence: Will Eno’s 2010 play   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 JOHN BEER
 

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