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Q&A: Hannibal Buress

Four questions for the “new Mitch Hedberg.”


Performance
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

The Pain and the Itch (Third Rail)

Christ, what a family of assholes!


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“Don’t you understand the rather comic dimensions of it all?” Cash (Duffy Epstein), the martini-swilling plastic surgeon, asks Mr. Hadid (John San Nicholas), a vaguely Asian cab driver, in the   More
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Animals and Plants (Coho Productions)

Welcome to the Hotel Carolina.


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From the moment viewers enter the theater, stepping over empty pizza boxes and Coors Light cans on the way to their seats, they know this show will take them out of their comfort zones. The set is t   More
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 MARIANNA HANE WILES

No Man’s Land (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Harold Pinter and the perversity of poets.


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William Hurt is back in town, performing alongside his old friend Allen Nause in what’s become a regular gig for the Oscar-winning actor. This time—his fourth on Artists Rep’s stage—he’s d   More
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Gem of the Ocean (Portland Playhouse)

This season’s August Wilson is the best yet.


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Having been evicted from its Northeast Portland home by the city—   More
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Electrogals

Bleeps and bloops aren’t just for boys.


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In 1995, Mills College student Heather Perkins was surprised to find herself one of the few women in a graduate electronic-music class. Mills, one of America’s most prominent undergraduate women   More
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Zugzwang (Imago Theatre)

Jerry Mouawad’s madcap caper.


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The thing to keep in mind, as you sit down to see a show at Imago Theatre, is that co-directors Jerry Mouawad and Carol Triffle are basically fearless. Not content to rest on their animal-masked la   More
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Oklahoma! (Portland Center Stage)

Yeeow! Ayipioeeay!


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What kind of protagonist goes around suggesting people commit suicide? What kind of love story ends in a murder trial? For a regular fixture of high-school stages, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first    More
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

The Real Americans (Portland Center Stage)

Conversations over pie with yuppies and yokels.


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Fed up with yuppie brunch and his life in the liberal bubble in general, San Francisco native Dan Hoyle decided he needed to explore the oft-lauded “real America” of the 2008 presidential campa   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 PENELOPE BASS

Reggie Watts (Helium Comedy Club)

The art of eccentric improv.


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Reggie Watts has no idea what he’ll say when he takes the stage at Helium Comedy Club this weekend. In fact, he won’t until the moment he actually grabs his mics—one plugged into the speaker,    More
 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 AP KRYZA
 

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