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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 City of Tomorrow

A wind quintet, scattered to the four winds.


Performance
French-horn player Leander Star and his partner, flutist Elise Blatchford, had already rented a truck to move from Chicago back to his hometown of Portland when they got the news. Their year-old   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

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

Joke in a Box: Gabe Dinger


Performance
Please describe my mama: “Your mama is so stupid she told you that you could be whatever you wanted to be when you grew up. So, you never put any real effort into high school. Not putting any t   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 WW Culture Staff

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

Venus in Fur (Portland Center Stage)

No one gets away until they whip it.


Performance
Fifty Shades of Grey reduced sadomasochism to handcuffs and spanking. Venus in Fur—while not devoid of dog collars and riding crops—throws into question such simple ideas of control and compli   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Something’s Got Ahold of My Heart (Hand2Mouth Theatre Company)

I can feel it coming in the air tonight.


Performance
Is love more like a fish stew or a Phil Collins song?  Hand2Mouth wants you to consider this in its newest experimental offering, which pings between schmaltzy representations of movie love   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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