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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

MusicfestNW 2013: Brian Posehn

Can an alt-comedy fartiste finally grow up—at age 47?


Performance
Brian Posehn has been earning a living making people laugh for more than two decades, primarily by telling fart jokes. Recently, though, Posehn has done something he once vowed to avoid: tell jo   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MIKE ACKER

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

Cats (Broadway Rose Theatre Company)

A journey to the heart of the Heaviside Layer.


Performance
“What’s a Jellicle cat?” It’s a phrase repeated throughout the opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seminal oddity Cats, which somehow became an instant smash upon its 1981 release, and then   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 AP KRYZA

Shane Torres

A Texas-born comedian becomes Portland’s funniest person.


Performance
Nearly seven years ago, comedian Shane Torres thought the best joke in his arsenal was the first one he’d ever written. Apparently the open-mic patrons at the Hungry Tiger Too didn’t think n   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Risk/Reward Festival

A salad bar of boundary-pushing performance.


Performance
Think of the Risk/Reward Festival as speed dating for contemporary performance. In one night, you’re introduced to six performers. Each has a different way of moving, of grooving, of talking,    More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Somewhere In Time (Portland Center Stage)

Let’s do the time warp again.


Performance
Between writer’s block and a brain tumor, Richard Collier’s head is in bad shape. He has fled to a hotel in Michigan, where he stumbles on a portrait of a breathtaking starlet from some 60 y   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Ithaka (Artists Repertory Theatre)

The Herculean task of traveling home.


Performance
When home is a destination in your mind as much as a physical space, it’s an arduous journey to overcome the obstacles that hinder your arrival. After fighting the Trojan War for 10 years, it to   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 PENELOPE BASS
 

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