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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

A Bright New Boise (Third Rail Repertory)

The end times at the strip mall.


Performance
If Tolstoy was right—that in all great literature, a man either goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town—there’s hardly a clearer example of the latter than A Bright New Boise. Samuel   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Beaux Arts Club (Imago Theatre)

Art imitates life imitating art.


Performance
Beaux Arts Club opens with a strange sort of duet. Actress Anne Sorce, clad in a mod minidress and a fluffy brown wig, shimmies and swivels around an unnamed man who’s been gagged and handcuff   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Boys In the Band, The Children’s Hour (Defunkt Theatre)

Queering the way.


Performance
Gay culture seems to evolve so quickly that any snapshot is almost instantly antiquated. Offering a queer eye to a straight guy today is almost as passé as wearing an earring in your right ear.   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 AARON SPENCER

My Children! My Africa! (Profile Theatre)

Starts with sugar, ends with meat.


Performance
For the first 45 minutes of Profile Theatre’s My Children! My Africa!, you may think a latter-day Mr. Chips has single-handedly defeated the entire edifice of 1980s-era South African apartheid w   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The People’s Republic of Portland (Portland Center Stage)

Maybe she should have put a bird on it.


Performance
It would be easy to carp about Lauren Weedman’s mispronunciation and misnaming of this newspaper (on opening night, she referred to it as “Will-uh-met Weekly”). But that would be too simpl   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Left Hand of Darkness (Hand2Mouth Theatre/Portland Playhouse)

Androgynous aliens in a world of blue AstroTurf.


Performance
When Portland author Ursula K. Le Guin wrote The Left Hand of Darkness in 1969, she imagined it as a thought experiment. What would a world be like, she asked, where humans spent most of their liv   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

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
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