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A Christmas Story (Portland Center Stage)

Save yourself some holiday angst and just rent the movie.

We all already know what Ralphie wants for Christmas. The American consciousness has been imprinted with holiday visions of sexy leg lamps, oversize pink bunny suits and, of course, the “officia ...   More
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Dying City (Portland Playhouse)

The passive-aggressive autopsy of a warrior.

It is a year after the death, and Kelly is boxing up her books while watching Law & Order. The doorbell buzzes. She blanches. Then the television responds: chung CHUNG! From the outset, Christopher Sh ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Chesapeake (Profile Theatre)

Todd Van Voris’ life as a dog.

Lee Blessing’s Chesapeake is just as absurdly silly as it is politically dramatic. In this production, directed by Third Rail Repertory’s Scott Yarbrough, the ironic political satire achie ...   More
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 LEIGHTON COSSEBOOM

Stage Left Lost (Imago Theatre)

Mr. Mouawad, I am confused.

Jerry Mouawad doesn’t much seem to care whether audiences understand his work. Though he is the co-creator of the immediately accessible Frogz and Biglittlethings, Mouawad’s shows for adul ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Hansel And Gretel (Portland Opera)

Have your cake and be it too.

Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel has always been an oddity in opera. Its music owes as much to the larky simplicities of folk songs and musical theater as it does to Wagnerian Sturm und ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Oregon Stories Of War (The Telling Project)

Listen to the voices for the forgotten wars.

You probably don’t spend much time, on a day-to-day basis, thinking about war. I don’t. The country has been embroiled in violent overseas conflict since my last year of high school, leavi ...   More
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Psycho (Oregon Symphony)

One killer score.

On an October night many years ago, I awoke suddenly, my heart pounding, gasping for breath, still in the grip of a terrifying nightmare. What sparked such nocturnal panic? I’d left the radio on ...   More
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

BloodyVox (BodyVox)

Things that go jump in the night.

What scares BodyVox dancer Eric Skinner? Scary clowns climbing through his bedroom window. Skinner’s childhood nightmare of invasive circus freaks provided fodder for BloodyVox, BodyVox’s ...   More
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

Unsettle Me: Tahni Holt’s Culture Machine

Tahni Holt doesn’t care if you like her latest dance performance. Whether you think it’s good or bad is beside the point. What she cares about is how you assign meaning as you watch the da ...   More
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 Christina Cooke

Telethon (Portland Playhouse)

An honestly soul-crushing comedy.

You think your job sucks? Talk to someone who works in for-profit social services. They work awful hours for miserable pay, constrained by draconian bureaucracy, caring for people whose mental illness ...   More
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE
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