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Ten Chimneys (Artists Repertory Theatre)

A throwback to theater’s golden age.


Performance
Ten Chimneys premiered in 2011. But with its old-fashioned form and frothy narrative, it might as well have been produced in the 1930s. That’s not entirely a bad thing. Jeffrey Hatcher’s comed   More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Degender Bender

44 years after publication, Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness still feels radical—and now it has become a play.


Performance
In 1969, gender was a fixed concept. The world didn’t know Boy George, David Bowie or Annie Lennox. There were no how-to websites for pursuing ambiguous gender expression. Jeffrey Eugenides hadn   More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Clybourne Park (Portland Center Stage)

Or does it fester like a sore?


Performance
Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park—the first work to win the triple crown of the Pulitzer, Tony and Britain’s Olivier—is one of the most produced plays among regional companies. I haven’t se   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Aliens (Third Rail Repertory)

They’re only human.


Performance
Since her first play stunned New York audiences four years ago, Annie Baker, 31, has gone from obscurity to acclaim. In that time, critics have scraped away at her plays, trying to unearth what ma   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Possessions of La Boîte (The Reformers)

My baby, she wrote me a letter.


Performance
In the program notes for The Possessions of La Boîte, director Charmian Creagle says the show “is an homage to an art form—the letter—and the power it possesses.” It’s an assertion that   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Arabian Nights (Post Five Theatre)

A whole new world, replete with fart jokes.


Performance
Before Arabian Nights begins, Post Five’s performers move about the theater. Clad in harem pants and embroidered vests, they squeeze into black vinyl pews, wrapping an arm around an audience m   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

St. Nicholas (Corrib Theatre)

That’s some bloody good craic.


Performance
Deep into Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas, our devilish, graying narrator is engulfed by the irresistible spell of otherworldly figures, swept into their London mansion of dark wood paneling an   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 ENID SPITZ

The Race is Off

Two theater productions throw race relations into stark relief.


Performance
From Othello to A Raisin in the Sun, the immediacy of theater has cast a light on race relations. It’s arresting to witness such dynamics live. Last weekend, two plays opened that, on the surf   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Three Days of Rain (Defunkt Theatre)

Their father’s hell did slowly go by.


Performance
The architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was famous for the aphorism “Less is more.” Though his design was guided by an abstract philosophy, his steel-and-glass buildings were outwardly simple a   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Velvet Sky (Theatre Vertigo)

Sweet dreams ain’t made of these.


Performance
Bethany Palmer hasn’t slept in 13 years, not since her son Andrew was born. Fearing a ghoulish Sandman she believes is out to steal Andrew’s eyes, she stays up all night nervously knitting s   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON
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