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Unholy Nights

Three unconventional holiday shows, in order of depravity.


Performance
HOLIDAZED (Artists Rep)Last November, Artists Rep premiered this pan-holiday comedy by Marc Acito and C.S. Whitcomb, which covers the entire season from Halloween to Christmastime. It has been brought ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 WW Editorial Staff

Chronos/Kairos (BodyVox)

The local company brushes off dust and celebrates 12 years in the biz.


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BodyVox’s Dance Center is finally clean. Last spring, when the company presented The Foot Opera Files, the unfinished space was still filled with dust. “It was dirty. Literally,” say ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 Kate Williams

Everyone Who Looks Like You (Hand2mouth Theatre)

A rowdy ensemble grows up by going back home.


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In my June review of the work-in-progress production of this pastiche of family life by Hand2Mouth Theatre, I advised readers to see the show with their siblings. I take it back. The current version o ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Orphée (Portland Opera)

Into the underworld with Philip Glass.


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While many recession-battered arts groups are playing it safe, Portland Opera is going for broke. The company’s staging of Philip Glass’ Orphée may scare away conservative patrons, ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Hofesh Shechter Company (White Bird)

An Israeli-born dancemaker spars with Portland.


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Two men stand on a dark stage. They greet each other calmly, sharing a series of slow, intimate embraces—but the kindness doesn’t last. Before long their encounter has turned into a wrestl ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Kate Williams

Fiction (Portland Playhouse)

Writer’s block got you down? Try adultery!


Performance
I would not want to be married to Steven Dietz. I’m sure the Seattle playwright is a nice guy and all, but a good number of his 30 or so plays are about marital infidelity. At some point one wou ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Ben Franklin: Unplugged (Portland Center Stage)

Josh Kornbluth has (founding) father issues.


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OK, I know what you’re thinking. Ben Franklin: Unplugged? When did PCS get into the historical impersonation business?Don’t worry—this is no after-school special. Josh Kornbluth, a B ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Ragtime (Portland Center Stage)

A complete work of E.L. Doctorow, abridged.


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Ragtime, the National Book Award-winning novel by E.L. Doctorow, is a bleak and sprawling survey of life at the beginning of the 20th century, encompassing both the era’s giants (J.P. Morgan, Ha ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

La Bohème (Portland Opera)

Lush tales from urban Bohemia.


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“Puccini is stupid,” wrote Ezra Pound. He’s right, of course, but only in a certain regard. Puccini is stupid in the way that rock ’n’ roll is stupid: It is purely viscer ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Autumn at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Tilting at windbags.


Performance
With the economic and political Depression of ’09 hammering the arts world, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival decided to make some lemonade out of today’s sour reality, turning to a great vo ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL
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