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The Tooth Of Crime (Second Dance) (Contagious Theatre)

Sam Shepard’s rock-’n’-roll homicides.

Rock ’n’ roll and stage drama haven’t always made the best of pairings, but, despite a snarling blues-bar-of-the-damned T Bone Burnett score ably wrangled by live band Outland Prey, The Tooth    More
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 JAY HORTON

Trek in the Park (Atomic Arts)

Summer Spock theater.

Seating space: the final frontier. Rapidly growing and ever more eclectic (though, shall we say, far from diverse) crowds have overwhelmed the smallish amphitheater within Northeast Portland’s Wo   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 JAY HORTON

An Oak Tree (Our Shoes Are Red/The Performance Lab)

...And then improv night got very, very sad.

In 1973, an artist named Michael Craig-Martin put a glass of water on a glass bathroom shelf and insisted it was an oak tree.    More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Hairspray (Broadway Rose)

A big, campy dance party—in Tigard.

John Waters is not a good filmmaker by any conventional measure, but he is relentlessly original. His work cannot be mistaken for that of another artist. So what happens when you take his most succ   More
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE


A Whitman’s Sampler of new Northwest performances.

As unlikely as it sounds, Portlanders have many more opportunities to see the world’s great contemporary performers than one would normally expect in a city our size. Thanks largely to the efforts   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Oregon Bach Festival In Portland

The once Eugene-centered Oregon Bach Festival ventures north.

The Oregon Bach Festival began as a small conducting workshop at the University of Oregon, and has grown into one of America’s premier classical music festivals, featuring major concerts with mus   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

One Night With Janis Joplin (PCS)

Miles and miles and miles of heart.

Portland Center Stage, inexplicably determined that its final show of the season pay tribute to a long-deceased blues belter of dimming celebrity, decided mid-season to shelve the originally schedul   More
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 JAY HORTON

Splat (Imago Theatre)

The inscrutable musicals of Carol Triffle.

Carol Triffle, the co-founder of Imago Theatre, possesses the strangest sense of humor it has ever been my bemused pleasure to encounter. While Triffle and Imago are best known for the family-frien   More
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Uncanny Valley (Hand2Mouth Theatre)

The memory machine is broken.

Hand2Mouth, the Portland performance ensemble headed by director Jonathan Walters, is obsessed with memory. While its last several performances have ostensibly been about greed, patriotism, immigra   More
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Last Of The Boys (Third Rail Rep)

Well, there isn’t a literal connection, Dude.

The jammed-up Vietnam vet, as a character, achieved its epitome in 1998 at the hands of the Coen brothers, but writers keep going back to the Walter Sobchak well. Steven Dietz’s 2004 drama, in wh   More
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE
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