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The 39 Steps (Portland Center Stage)

Is theater just film with dull bits put in?


Performance
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

Das Rheingold (Opera Theater Oregon)

Wagner on the beach.


Performance
When an opera company wants to make the leap into the big leagues, it raises millions and stages a Ring cycle. Since its completion in 1874, Richard Wagner’s 15-hour, four-opera cycle based on a ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

American Buffalo (Third Rail Rep.)

Tim True gets angry.


Performance
“Someone is against me,” Teach, a gambler, thief and low-grade thug, bellows as he waves a brass poker, looking for something to smash. This is about 15 minutes into American Buffalo, Davi ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Cosí fan Tutte (Portland Opera)

Mustache makes the heart grow fonder.


Performance
A pair of Albanian princes with fake mustaches slink onstage toward the apprehensive young ladies. Wearing embroidered silk smoking jackets in a riot of Oriental colors, the pair recalls SNL’s S ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 JOHN MINERVINI

Willow Jade (Portland Playhouse)

You can go home again, but you really shouldn’t.


Performance
An awkward loser learns his lesson the hard way in this world premiere by Hunt Holman, running through this weekend at Portland Playhouse. Doug (Patrick Oury) returns to the miserable rural Washington ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Kronos Quartet Monday, Feb. 1

Chamber music’s biggest innovators come home.


Performance
In more than 35 years and 45 recordings, the Kronos Quartet has seemingly explored every conceivable musical direction, from the jazz of Thelonius Monk and Bill Evans, through collaborations with comp ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

Design for Living (Artists Rep)

Who knew threesomes could be so dull?


Performance
It’s possible for a work of art to be both ahead of its time and hopelessly behind. Noël Coward’s Design for Living was written in 1932 but not performed in London until 1939 because ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Beauty And The Beast (Pixie Dust Productions)

The wonderfully weird world of Disney.


Performance
Greg Tamblyn has outdone himself. The Portland director and producer has had his hits (three years of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and failures (a financially disastrous 2003 producti ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Best Bets In 2010

The New Year’s hottest tickets.


Performance
2010 kicks off with the second Fertile Ground Festival, Portland’s annual celebration of new work in the performing arts. This time the 12-day event features more than 50 world premieres by Port ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 WW Editorial Staff

Last-Minute Classics

Give the gift of Portland classical musicians.


Performance
Third Angle, Sound of the Five (New World)The veteran Portland new music ensemble has formed a close connection with the ebullient, Guangzhou-born Chen Yi, who now teaches and composes in the U.S. Whi ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL
 

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