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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

Bust (Portland Center Stage)

Lauren Weedman gets the jailhouse blues.

On any given day, the Los Angeles County jail system holds over 18,000 men and women in custody—160,000, all told, in 2010. Seven or more men share cells built for four in buildings so foul that,   More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

The Cherry Orchard (Artists Rep)

Dragging Chekhov from the grave, for laughs.

All done: With the premiere of Richard Kramer’s commissioned adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, Chekhov’s classic about a family of penniless aristocrats who must sell their useless orchard, Arti   More
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 NATALIE BAKER

Present Laughter

How Bridgetown Comedy Festival made Portland funny.

As someone who slept with, and was subsequently electrocuted by, Carrie Brownstein on national television in January, Ian Karmel can attest that the past year has been a big one for Portland comedy   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

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