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In August Company

15 teenagers take on August Wilson.


Performance
Ryan Townsley comes onto the stage swinging. The gangly 17-year-old, a junior at Clackamas High School, stomps his feet, winds up an imaginary baseball bat and sways side to side as if readying fo   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Gidion’s Knot

Tangled up.


Performance
The setting is the epitome of pedagogical order. Posters of Hindu deities line the walls, a giant bottle of hand sanitizer sits sentry on the teacher’s desk, buckets of markers top the tables.   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

A Night in November (Corrib Theatre)

Stand up for the boys in green.


Performance
Irish playwright Marie Jones frames A Night in November with two soccer matches. The first is in Belfast in 1993, a World Cup qualifier between the two Irelands—the Republic and its northern,    More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom

Boom and blossom.


Performance
From the beginning, Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom is a romance, a politically driven tale and a riveting comedy. Take the play’s prologue: The narrator, a vivacious author of gay Marxist porn na   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

Flash Ah-AHHH!

Gordon’s alive?!


Performance
A rollicking schlock-operetta, StageWorks Ink’s Flash Ah-AHHH! pays faithful tribute to 1980 camp classic Flash Gordon—and takes it a step further by shoehorning a dozen Queen classics into the    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 JAY HORTON

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff (Alicia Jo Rabins)

Praying for a Ponzi schemer.


Performance
In Judaism, the Kaddish is most often recited as a prayer for the dead. But occasionally, in cases of extreme wrongdoing, it’s used to mark a Jew’s excommunication from the faith. That’s    More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Lucia di Lammermoor

Out for blood.


Performance
Not many 19th-century Italian operas feature a chorus of men pointing rifles at the audience in the first five minutes. But Donizetti’s enduring masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor pulls few punch   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

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
 

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