A trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival revitalizes an exhausted theater critic.
“Uh-oh! We have a critic!”
Friday afternoon at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and I have just
been outed. Sitting in the sixth row of the Angus Bowmer Theatre, I feel
600 sets of
Like the Justice League meets The Office, Sidekicks
imagines the everyday drudgery of being a superhero—and the particular
travails of playing second fiddle to the big shots. Set in a land calle
Kristine Levine serves budding comics with constructive criticism.
The diplomatic version is that Kristine
Levine is not a huge fan of comedy open-mic nights. But anyone who knows
Levine, a blue-collar East Portland comedienne whose last appearance in
Love, Elmo and Japanese rope bondage, set to song.
Spring is often referred to as the season of love. But for
Bob and Helena, two unlikely lovers on the streets of Edinburgh, the
solstice is when the magic happens. Midsummer is modestly
The whip-smart comedian talks romance in the digital age.
Aziz Ansari has some of the sharpest standup out there right now. Unlike many other comics, the Parks and Recreation
star doesn’t just stop at oddball observations, but puts in the
A burlesque skeptic spends 10 sequined weeks learning the art of the tease—and how to make tear-away pants.
Headmistress Zora Phoenix wears 5-inch
pumps and a black leotard. It’s a Saturday afternoon in January, and the
drag queen is instructing us to walk to the mirror and “look sexy.” She
On-the-rise comic Beth Stelling talks fan mail, tilted uteruses and tankinis.
When you Google “Beth Stelling,” the
first link that comes up is for the comedian’s website: sweetbeth.com.
But click on that site, and your browser will try to take you to an
As Next Fall begins, the
cast stands on the edge of the dimly lit stage. Suddenly, the discordant
sounds of a car crash ring out, and James Sharinghousen reels backward,
arms flailing. We learn
W. Kamau Bell wants to make you uncomfortable.
Bell, one of the
sharpest voices on race and politics in today’s comedy scene, has no
qualms about calling out people’s assumptions, hypocrisie
“We do things differently in the suburbs.”
So said Scott Palmer, artistic director of Hillsboro’s Bag & Baggage Productions, in a pre-show introduction to Lear,
a stripped-down, corseted