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Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Portland Playhouse)

What if only The Simpsons survived?

The Simpsons is a cultural institution. Gen-Xers grew up with it. Many millennials have never known a world without it. Even a few baby boomers embraced its irreverent, referential humor. But    More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Static (Third Rail Repertory)

Sound and sign language harmonize in Third Rail’s new dramedy.

Scottish playwright Dan Rebellato’s Static pits the power of rock against the sound of silence. The production’s first ambitious undertaking is being bilingual in English and American Sign L   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

4000 Miles (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Amy Herzog’s play hits a few bumps along the way.

Realism can be rough. When a play has a simple set and minimalist dialogue, it takes well-tuned performances to create a sublime show. Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, a finalist for the 2013 Pulitz   More
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 CONOR EIFLER

4000 Miles (Artists Rep)

Portland stages keep on trucking through Amy Herzog plays.

New York playwright Amy Herzog became contemporary theater’s darling when her play 4000 Miles was the first from Lincoln Center Theater’s prolific new works program to get an off-Broadway ru   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 ENID SPITZ


Post5 is switching things up in Sellwood.

Post5 Theatre Company is on the move. It started in 2011 with a summer program of Shakespeare plays in the courtyard of Milepost5, a Montavilla artists collective. Every show was free, and the    More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Columbinus (Oregon Children’s Theatre)

The Children’s Theatre goes dark.

When two teens in black trench coats marched through the halls of Columbine High School, most of the cast of Oregon Children’s Theatre’s Columbinus were just 2 years old. Now the age that    More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 ENID SPITZ

The School For Lies: Theater Review

The Shoebox Theater is almost too intimate—audiences at the aptly named space have to parade across stage to exit. It’s a fitting squeeze for Theatre Vertigo’s The School for Lies, where t   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

A Comedy of Errors (Six on Shakespeare)

Gender-swapping as social experiment.

“Do you know me, sir? Am I Dromio? Am I your man? Am I myself?” Shakespeare’s fool in A Comedy of Errors questions identity in what could go down a rabbit hole of existential philosophizing.    More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 KATHRYN PEIFER

Slammer Stage

Hand2Mouth Theatre brings Pep Talk to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

After the scripted lines are spoken, Hand2Mouth’s Pep Talk turns into a public forum. The show’s actresses play macho coaches, re-enacting speeches from the likes of Al Davis, the late Oakla   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 ENID SPITZ

The Price

Happy birthday, Arthur.

Thinking about Arthur Miller, the first phrase that jumps to mind is: “They don’t make ’em like they used to.” Certainly it’s a common motif in his writing, but more to the point, the    More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 CONOR EIFLER

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