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Stumptown Gets A Sense Of Humor

Can Helium Comedy make Portland funny?

Portland comedy fans are legion, but until recently, they had few places to go. The first Bridgetown Comedy Festival in 2008 put our city on the map as a destination for big-name comedians. But where ...   More
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Caitlin Giddings

On The Table (Sojourn Theatre)

Bridging the urban/rural divide with art and food.

Michael Rohd sounds a little frazzled. “We are literally rehearsing between three different cities at any given time,” says the 43-year-old artistic director of Sojourn Theatre. Rohd is us ...   More
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

The King And I (Broadway Rose)

A flashy blast from Broadway’s past.

“A woman is a female who is human/ Designed for pleasing man, the human male/ A human male is pleased by many women/ And all the rest you hear is fairy tale,” sings Joe Theissen, his head ...   More
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Songs For A New World (Staged!)

Hot diggity, can these chaps sing!

The title of this 1995 revue by Jason Robert Brown is misleading—although the characters in these 19 songs find themselves in the midst of dramatic realizations, their situations aren’t, f ...   More
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Chamber Music Northwest’s Protégé Project

The 40-year-old festival gets loose.

Only in the musty museum world of classical music would white dinner jackets and ties qualify as “informal.” But that’s standard attire for the male musicians at summer festivals, in ...   More
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

Risk/Reward Festival (Hand2Mouth)

A party platter of avant-garde performance.

Two years ago the members of Hand2Mouth Theatre, tired of just telling Portlanders about the interesting new performances they’d seen at Seattle’s On the Boards festival, decided to bring ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Ten Tiny Taiko Dances

Big drums, little stage.

Sixteen square feet might not seem like much, but you’d be surprised what Ten Tiny Dances participants have done with such a small space over the event’s 19 shows. Sojourn Theatre once sur ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

Hot Gun (Wonderdiamond Productions)

The Iceman cometh.

Hot Gun, the latest effort of producer Jedediah Aaker and director Jeffrey Wonderful—the men responsible for the amped-up, oversexed rock opera Chariots of Rubber—re-imagines the unironic ...   More
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 JAY HORTON

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Portland Center Stage)

A-to-Z does it.

You should already know the rules for this Tony-winning contest: It’s a spelling bee, the winner of which will compete at nationals. A ragtag group of middle-school misfits are up for the spot, ...   More
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

The Cherry Orchard (Compass Rep)

Finding the fun in financial ruin.

Intellectually, I’ve known that Anton Chekhov intended this, his last play, to be a comedy ever since I first read the translator’s notes in high school. But I always assumed the descripto ...   More
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE
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