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The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Artists Rep)

Come for the laughs, stay for the body-chopping.

Martin McDonagh is a prop comedian. Sure, the Irish playwright knows how to put an obscenity to good use, writes excellent punch lines and is a master of the twist ending.    More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Turandot (Portland Opera)

Three riddles, one big bummer.

The first thing to know about Turandot is that it is emphatically not about China. Though ostensibly the opera is set there, Puccini’s fictional Middle Kingdom bears so little resemblance to the    More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 JOHN MINERVINI

Futura (Portland Center Stage)

Beware Jeff Bezos!

Jordan Harrison’s dystopic sci-fi drama takes its name from Paul Renner’s sans-serif typeface, employed by Volkswagen, HP and, until recently, IKEA, but its subject is more PMN Caecilia, the default font on the Kindle.    More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

The Wonderful World Of Dissocia (Third Rail)

Maureen Porter in the realms of the unreal.

To call this bizarre comedy by English playwright Anthony Neilson a departure from Third Rail Rep’s usual fare is inadequate. The first act of The Wonderful World of Dissocia contains   More
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

The Imaginary Invalid (Portland Center Stage)

Who’s up for some 17th-century fart gags?

Why has Molière endured? No other non-Anglophone playwright of any century has anything approaching the 17th-century Frenchman’s presence in the English-speaking world. Colleges don’ ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

99 Ways To Fuck A Swan (Theatre Vertigo)

Ever wondered what Leda saw in that bird?

A lot goes on in Kim Rosenstock’s survey of sexual deviance, directed in its world premiere production by Megan Kate Ward. Not, as the title suggests, a swan sutra, the show crosses centuries an ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Native Soil

Portland’s Fertile Ground fest turns three.

For the theatergoer weary of endless revivals of The Odd Couple and To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s a bonanza: In the next 10 days, Portland will see no fewer than 68 performances of new works of th ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Doug Elkins And Friends

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, parody must run a close second. How else to explain the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization letting New York-based contemporary choreographer Doug Elkins ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 HEATHER WISNER

Superior Donuts (Artists Rep)

Tracy Letts’ latest is a finger-choppin’ sitcom.

Tracy Letts made his name with an act of one-upmanship: August: Osage County, which earned Letts both a Pulitzer and a Tony, is the dysfunctional family drama to end them all, an emotionally draining ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

A December Feast (In Mulieribus)

An ethereal antidote to Christmas schmaltz.

’Tis the season of overfamiliar musical comfort food, so this unusual repast from one of the Northwest’s premier vocal ensembles, the all-women early music group In Mulieribus (“amon ...   More
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL
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