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(I Am Still) the Duchess of Malfi (Artists Rep)

Murder at the disco-church.

Joseph Fisher’s ebulliently sordid (I Am Still) the Duchess of Malfi is less an updating of John Webster’s original Jacobean revenge drama than it is a romp in its macabre sandbox. The plot an   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The North Plan (Portland Center Stage)

A comedy of extraordinary rendition.

It’s a terrifying time: The president of the United States has been granted legal authority to hold anyone deemed a threat to the nation indefinitely, without trial, and even to order the assass   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

Hunter Gatherers (Theatre Vertigo)

There will be blood. And cum. And lamb.

The reunion begins with a sacrifice. Milquetoast computer programmer Pam (Kerry Ryan) arrives home to find her metalworker-novelist husband, Richard (Mario Calcagno), preparing a lamb for slaugh   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

The Wizard of Oz (Pixie Dust Productions)

Hello again, Yellow Brick Road.

It probably isn’t fair to fault Pixie Dust Productions’ staging of The Wizard of Oz for not doing something it’s not even trying to do. Nonetheless, in a world with, at minimum, one Wizard boo   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Portland Playhouse)

Beware the Republicans in the closet.

Much has changed since Tony Kushner’s long-winded masterpiece, Angels in America, premiered 20 years ago. AIDS is now a manageable disease, and no longer exclusively gay or male. Stripped of the   More
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE


Creepy billboards aside, the show’s a wild ride.

You are living under a rock if you haven’t heard about Cavalia, the show often described, at least around our office, as “Cirque du Soleil with horses.”    More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 EMILEE BOOHER

Opera Theater Oregon, Opera vs. Cinema

Want to make Wagner fun? Add pirates.

One of the city’s most innovative arts companies enters a new phase Friday, Nov. 25, with The Black Pirate vs. The Flying Dutchman, its first show under new artistic director Erica Melton, who’s b   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Mr. Darcy Dreamboat (Push Leg)

An ardent reader pines for Fitzwilliam.

Some books should come with warning labels. Not for the vulgarity or political dangerousness of their content, but because they are too damn well written. Once you read a really great book, it can   More
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Children’s Games (Seth Nehil)

Ling long bling a ling ling!

The program for composer Seth Nehil’s new “sonic cinematic performance” lists 19 sources: “Phylogenetic Thinking in Biology and Historical Linguistics,” “On the Limitations of the Iconog   More
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Q&A: Hannibal Buress

Four questions for the “new Mitch Hedberg.”

Many of today’s successful young comedians spent their childhoods consuming classic comedy and fantasizing about making people laugh for a living. Hannibal Buress had other dreams. “I wanted    More
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER
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