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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

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
 

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