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Ursula (Our Shoes Are Red/The Performance Lab)

Mother Superior jumps the gun.

Long ago, in a damp and dreary principality on the edge of a chilly estuary, lived a sexually ravenous ruler who never ended a sentence with a period, speaking only in endlessly digressive manic jags ...   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Jazz And Poetry And Other Reasons

Solo boho at the CoHo.

This fascinating project has more names than a ’50s jazzbo had euphemisms for Benzedrine. The third in an ongoing series of jazz-accompanied readings derived from Robert Briggs’ evocative ...   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

The Bullet Round (The David Mamet School for Boys)

SPOILER: Somebody gets shot.

There is a gun onstage. At some point, it will be fired. In this new play, New York playwright Steven Drukman marries Chekhov’s infamous dictum with Arthur Schnitzler’s bed-hopping La Rond ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Evita (Broadway Rose Theatre Company)

Don’t cry for me, Tigard. Seriously. Don’t.

Musical theater is war. Most musicals are created by teams of artists—composers, lyricists, playwrights—who tend to leave behind problems for producing companies to solve: boring music, a ...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

RESA (Rumpus Room Dance)

A new work from an international duo.

Resa is the Swedish word for “journey,” and RESA, a new show from Rumpus Room Dance, uses journeys as its creative springboard. “Geographic, non-geographic, personal…” b ...   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 HEATHER WISNER

Punch Brothers

Chamber Music Northwest gets patriotic.

Mandolinist Chris Thile’s splendid work with his prog-bluegrass trio, Nickel Creek, hardly prepared us for the ingenuity and ambition of his Punch Brothers project with classically trained, blue ...   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Risk/Reward New Performance Festival

Hand2Mouth marries art pop and pop art.

When did Portland musicians become such drama queens? The city’s two biggest bands are both dabbling in stagecraft (the Decemberists with their rock opera, The Hazards of Love, and Pink Martini ...   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Inviting Desire (Dance Naked Productions)

Whips, gangbangs, fisting and Obama.

Even now, 40 years after the sexual revolution declared victory and settled down to munch antibiotics and watch Deep Throat, it’s rare to see women speaking frankly and openly about sex. With th ...   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

The Blue Room (Portland Actors Conservatory)

Sex, drugs and rampant regret.

Forget abstinence-only education; if you really want to scare your teenager from going the way of Bristol and Jamie Lynn, this daisy chain of sexual dissatisfaction should do the trick. In 1897, an Au ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Store For A Month

Art bargains and food for thought—now available at a “store” near you.

What’s more prestigious: buying a fine-art print at a Pearl District gallery or picking up a poster from Urban Outfitters to match your living-room sofa? What if they’re both the same pric ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 RICHARD SPEER
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