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A Steady Rain/The Detective’s Wife (Hellfire Productions)

Plays with plenty of pulp and not enough juice.


Performance
Both A Steady Rain and The Detective’s Wife, presented by Hellfire Productions, take place on stormy nights. At least that’s what the thundery sound effects suggest—the exact context of ea   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Hotseat: Darrin Pufall

Avenue Q’s puppet master lives the plush life.


Performance
A Portland theater company is tackling Avenue Q, the raunchy, Sesame Street-inspired musical about existential twentysomethings. The show’s popularity promises high expectations for Triangle Pro   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Miriam/The Quiet Volume

Previews for week one of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.


Performance
Nora Chipaumire is a force of nature. The Zimbabwe-born, New York City-based choreographer has a style both visceral and regal, evoking a powerful and charismatic bird of prey. Chipaumire’s crea   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Life Coach/The People—Portland

More previews for the first week of TBA.


Performance
 Andrew Dickson wants to help. In his piece Life Coach, the performance artist and Wieden Kennedy...   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Weird Willie Style

The many adaptable faces of Shakespeare.


Performance
Macbeth is better with beer. When Jonathan Owicki staged the well-worn Shakespearean tragedy in March, he decided to add a drinking game, which he says helped the audience—and actors—gain a    More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Trek in the Park (Atomic Arts)

Set phasers to “mildly entertaining.”


Performance
The audience at Cathedral Park looked so normal. They licked Popsicles, fanned themselves with their programs and drank bottles of craft brew. There were kids. And dogs! There were surely other    More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Q&A: Scott Aukerman

The host of IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! wants to know: What’s in Ben Stiller’s wallet?


Performance
In the world of comedy podcasting, Scott Aukerman is David Letterman to Marc Maron’s Charlie Rose. Where the latter’s much-praised WTF deconstructs the craft of comedy through sometimes painfu   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Jersey Boys (Fred Meyer Broadway Across America)

We’ve got a situation... a nostalgic situation.


Performance
Highlighted by the legendary Elmo-on-helium vocal range of frontman Frankie Valli, the Four Seasons became one of the most popular music groups of all time, selling 175 million records worldwide   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

The Match.com Monologues (CoHo Productions)

Looking for computer love.


Performance
Forgive me if this review is overly critical. I was pissed when I saw this show because my date flaked. Apparently, 10:30 pm is too late for a show when you have work in the morning. That left m   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Kabuki Titus (Bag&Baggage)

Turning Shakespeare Japanese.


Performance
In Japanese Kabuki theater, tricks of costuming and staging assist actors as they undergo swift transformations or make sudden revelations. It’s a theme applied to bold effect in Bag&Bagga   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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