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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)

The Bard gone batty.


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If you don’t like screaming, dancing, ugly wigs, Destiny’s Child, (fake) vomiting, audience participation or poking fun at the world’s most famous playwright, The Complete Works of William   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Buried Child (Profile Theatre)

There’s no place like home.


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In the 1960s, Sam Shepard was making his name in Greenwich Village’s experimental scene with fractured, restless one-acts. In a 1965 Village Voice review of one of these works, playwright Edwa   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Feckin’ family.


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The Irish have invaded Portland. Between Artists Rep’s The Playboy of the Western World, Corrib’s forthcoming The Hen Night Epiphany and this Third Rail production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane,    More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Playboy of the Western World (Artists Rep)

Dense as a furzy ditch, but the craic is mighty.


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“There’s a great gap between a gallous story and a dirty deed.” So says the sharp-tongued Pegeen Mike in J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World. There’s also a great gap between Syn   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Macbeth


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Shakespeare’s darkest trip of butchery and regret gets haphazard treatment in this Northwest Classical Theatre Company production, which successfully plays up the spookiness of Macbeth but fal   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

Private Lives (Bag & Baggage Productions)

Throwing pillows, maybe chopping off heads.


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For those who missed out on spring vacation, Private Lives is a delightful escape. The comedy of manners, written in 1930 by the legendary Noël Coward, is an absurd tale told through the peephole   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

The Pirates of Penzance

Batten down the hatches.


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You can’t blame Bill Rauch for wanting to spice up The Pirates of Penzance. The 1879 Gilbert & Sullivan operetta is a frothy affair with plenty of rascally swashbucklers and dewy-cheeked mai   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Don’t Tell This Joke

On the eve of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, here are hacky lines that should be banned.


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Have you heard the one about the beards? In the seven years since it was established, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival has swelled into one of Portland’s best annual events. It’s a boozy four-d   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Bridgetown Picks From The Funniest 5

Last November, WW polled the local comedy community to determine this city’s top five comedians. Here are their weekend recommendations.


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Amy Miller: See Jesse Elias! Not that Jesse needs my help to convince people he’s a genius, but I think Jesse’s a genius. We started around the same time in San Francisco, and he was one of    More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Learn to Be Latina (Milagro Theatre)

Is being the wrong kind of brown keeping you down?


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Learn to Be Latina has a little something for everyone. A Missy Elliott dance routine featuring a backflip that transitions into twerking. A muff-eating puppet. AIDS jokes. The Macarena. A tende   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON
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