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Pep Talk (Hand2Mouth Theatre)

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.


Performance
We sit on hard benches under the fluorescent lighting of a gym in North Portland’s Peninsula Park Community Center, clad in violet jerseys bearing a mascot that seems to be half-unicorn, half-   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Jitney

Calling all cabbies.


Performance
If you can, find a moment during Jitney to listen to its rhythms rather than its words, its pulse rather than its plot. August Wilson’s plays are so often described as musical that it’s almo   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Ripe For The Picking

Harvesting Fertile Ground’s best bets.


Performance
Navigating the annual Fertile Ground festival can feel like cultivating a phenomenally overgrown garden. There are a few things you want (kale, raspberries, butterflies), but also many you don’t   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 WW Staff

The End of Sex (Theatre Vertigo)

More onstage orgasms than at Rocky Horror


Performance
The tagline is irresistible: “sex without sex.” That’s what this new drug promises, the ability to slather your elbows or knuckles or ears with a wonder cream that temporarily remaps sexua   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Chinglish

Slip Down And Fall Carefully


Performance
A snappy comedy of linguistic and cultural confusion, David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish is ready-made for anyone who’s ever traveled abroad and puzzled at signs reading “Fuck the Certain Price o   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Aika & Rose (Outworld Theater)

A supernatural rock opera from a flock of indie musicians.


Performance
At first peek, you might think Aika & Rose could be rebranded Blue Is the Warmest Color: The Rock Opera. The new musical, a project from a legion of Portland musicians, bills itself as a super   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Mousetrap

Murder, she wrote.


Performance
Thrust eight strangers into an old mansion during a snowstorm and at least one is sure to wind up dead. We all know the setup and the question that inevitably follows: whodunit? But the predicta   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Spring Ahead

Performance picks for Spring 2014.


Performance
THEATER Pep Talk Anything from the inventive and audacious folks at Hand2Mouth provides reason for excitement. This original work finds the troupe digging into sports culture and coaches’ moti   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 WW Staff

Curtain Call

The best theater and dance of 2013.


Performance
Theater and dance don’t obey the calendar year: Companies usually run their seasons September to May and then take the summer off (lucky bastards). But all the other critics get to spend Decem   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 WW Staff

The Lover (Imago Theatre)

Strange affairs of the heart and mind.


Performance
As Sarah wiggles her way beneath the covers, Richard sits stiffly atop the sheets. Smoking jacket knotted at the waist, he’s propped up his feet—still clad in their Oxfords—on the bed. “   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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