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The Revenants

Roll over and play undead.


Performance
Whatever the reasons for our current cultural embrace of the zombie apocalypse, live theater has largely been spared the plague. It is, after all, rather more difficult to convey the specter of    More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 JAY HORTON

Fiddler on the Roof (Portland Center Stage)

Find me a find, catch me a catch.


Performance
“Twenty-eight?!” my friend exclaimed, after I told her the size of the cast for Portland Center Stage’s Fiddler on the Roof, the largest the company has ever corralled. “There aren’t even    More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Grim and Fischer (The Wonderheads)

Mortality, Mozart and whoopee cushions.


Performance
For Kate Braidwood, masked performance can create true theater magic. The 32-year-old, who makes up half of the Wonderheads (her husband Andrew Phoenix is the other), describes this magic as two   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Time Goes On

Our top picks for the final week of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.


Performance
After a first week of personal accounts of torture, fierce runway queens, a voguing Antigone, confessional pop music, giant whisklike sculptures, penis manipulation and attempts at twerking both   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 WW Culture Staff

The Big Meal (Artists Repertory Theatre)

A deeply satisfying onstage feast.


Performance
How much time do we spend around the dining-room table? What portion of our lives is measured in meals? Can the entire scope of a life—from first dates and holiday gatherings to engagements an   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Time For a Change

Our top picks for the first week of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.


Performance
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival—that 11-day spree of theater, dance, music, visual art, film and various other uncategorizable, avant-garde and batshit thin   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 WW Culture Staff

The Mountaintop (Portland Center Stage)

A hokey affront to history.


Performance
There are undoubtedly new things to be said about Martin Luther King Jr. That’s not the trouble with Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop. No, the problem is that Hall condescends to her subject and au   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Julius Caesar (Bag&Baggage)

Shakespeare goes drag.


Performance
Julius Caesar screams from a tower, asking who has just warned of the Ides of March. But instead of a man in the general’s garb, as Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar has been performed for centuri   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

True West (Our Shoes Are Red/The Performance Lab)

Brotherly love and some brave little toasters.


Performance
To Austin, fresh toast smells like salvation. “I love the smell of toast,” says the fussy, Ivy League–pedigreed, aspiring Hollywood screenwriter. “And the sun’s coming up. It makes me    More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Taming of the Shrew (Portland Shakespeare Project)

Shakespeare gets served.


Performance
Wild women need to be tamed by their husbands. Whether or not Shakespeare wrote The Taming of the Shrew as a prescription, his comedy holds this misogynistic thesis as proven fact. In the 21st cen   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 MITCH LILLIE
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