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Laughing At Rape In a Crowded Theater

A brief history of the rape-joke debate.


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Last weekend, the Great American Rape Joke Debate finally hit Portland. It’s been a long-boiling controversy in the comedy world: Who can joke about rape and when? These questions have also ra   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Sweet and Sad (Third Rail Repertory)

How ’bout them Apples?


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Between each scene in Sweet and Sad, there’s a simple sound effect: a breath. It’s a small sound—a slight inhale, a longer exhale—and easy to miss. It’s also a lovely and poignant touch,   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Revenants

Roll over and play undead.


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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.


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“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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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?


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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
 

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