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This Lime Tree Bower (CoHo Productions)

Fun with sex, thugs and projectile vomit.

Conor McPherson is the world’s greatest raconteur. The Irish playwright and screenwriter, whose plays Shining City and The Seafarer were both big hits on Portland stages in recent years, is a ma ...   More
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

The Gray Sisters (Third Rail Rep)

Don’t have any kids yourself.

Third Rail Repertory’s rapid growth from a scrappy ensemble co-producing with CoHo to a beloved pillar of Portland’s theater scene has a lot to do with Craig Wright. The company included p ...   More
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Wednesday, May 5

A balletic Swan of a different color.

A door isn’t just a door in Dutch dancemaker Didy Veldman’s Frame of View. It’s a vehicle to swing from, shimmy over and collapse against. It’s even a source of titillation, wh ...   More
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

Mike’s Incredible Indian Adventure (Portland Center Stage)

A play about a film about a tour of a play.

In 1999, Mike Schlitt, an actor/director/writer thoroughly in the grip of midlife crisis, was asked by a shady producer to direct a sexed-up, Spice Girls-themed production of Neil Simon’s totall ...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Othello (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Isn’t this a tragedy?

Othello is among the most emotionally devastating of Shakespeare’s tragedies and tells a dark tale of consuming emotion and radical revenge. And yet, for all its emotional complexity, the sum mo ...   More
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Ben Bateman

Radio Golf (Portland Playhouse and Baseroots Theatre Company)

August Wilson breaks out the war paint.

With August Wilson’s final, furious denunciation of the assimilation of black America by white culture, Portland Playhouse scores a coup. Radio Golf, directed by co-founder Brian Weaver and co-p ...   More
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

How The García Girls Lost Their Accents (Miracle Theatre)

Miracle Theatre brings out Julia Alvarez’s heavy baggage.

Portland’s stages have seen many adapted novels this season, and it’s become apparent to me that some books do not want to be staged. Such is the case with Miracle Theatre’s producti ...   More
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Trouble In Tahiti (Portland Opera)

Love stings.

Opera companies tend to be conservative, regularly rotating the same-old same-old, big moneymakers (your Carmens, your Bohèmes, your Traviatas). Portland Opera’s Studio Artists series is ...   More
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

4.48 Psychosis (Defunkt Theatre)

After 4.48 I shall not sleep again.

The last work by the British playwright Sarah Kane, 4.48 Psychosis, aggressively resists staging. Calling it a “play” is misleading—the text names no characters and has almost no sta ...   More
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

The 39 Steps (Portland Center Stage)

Is theater just film with dull bits put in?

In 1915, John Buchan published a novel about spies and cops chasing an innocent man around Scotland. In 1935, Alfred Hitchcock made that novel into a very odd film. In 2006, Patrick Barlow made that f ...   More
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE
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