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Pep Talk (Hand2Mouth Theatre)

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

We sit on hard benches under the fluorescent lighting of a gym in North Portland’s Peninsula Park Community Center, clad in violet jerseys bearing a mascot that seems to be half-unicorn, half-   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON


Calling all cabbies.

If you can, find a moment during Jitney to listen to its rhythms rather than its words, its pulse rather than its plot. August Wilson’s plays are so often described as musical that it’s almo   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Fertile Ground Diaries: Lust & Marriage


Eleanor O’Brien has spent a long time creating shows about sex. GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies, about her misadventures in a house of domination, was her first solo show (I reviewed it back in 2011), and she’s been honing it for a decade. In 2009, for the inaugural    More
Friday, January 24, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Q&A: Comedian Mike Birbiglia

The humorist talks Catholicism, hookers, yoga and why his urologist doesn't believe he's a comedian.

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Mike Birbiglia has a style of storytelling that transcends mere comedy to hit a point of lovely—if often awkward—tenderness. He’s a master of the humorous aside, and he has a way of winning over the audience, even when he’s telling stories about bumbling messily through life. Birbiglia, 35, has worked his way up the comedy-club circuit, and he’...   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

The End of Sex (Theatre Vertigo)

More onstage orgasms than at Rocky Horror

The tagline is irresistible: “sex without sex.” That’s what this new drug promises, the ability to slather your elbows or knuckles or ears with a wonder cream that temporarily remaps sexua   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON


Slip Down And Fall Carefully

A snappy comedy of linguistic and cultural confusion, David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish is ready-made for anyone who’s ever traveled abroad and puzzled at signs reading “Fuck the Certain Price o   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Will Vinton Launches Kickstarter to Fund New Broadway Musical

The Oscar-winning animator and lifelong Oregonian seeks $85,000 to bring his Frog Prince riff to the stage.


Ten years ago, Will Vinton was fired from his own animation company by Phil Knight. That studio would go on to become Laika. Vinton has spent a decade dabbling in graphic novels, other animated film projects and plastics. Now, the Academy Award-winning animator is planning a Broadway musical.
Last week, Vinton and songwriter David Pomeranz    More
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Q&A: Playwright Craig Jessen

The Portland-born playwright of The End of Sex talks lab rabbits, nymphomania and sci-fi.


Chalk it up to a wandering mind: Several years ago, playwright Craig Jessen was at a lecture about sodomy laws in the U.S., and he got to thinking about lab animals. Rabbits, specifically. And rabbits that—contrary to what you’d expect—weren’t having sex. From there, it took him just a few days to develop the idea for his new play The ...   More
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

God Loves Uganda

Preaching an anti-gay sermon in East Africa.

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In 1907, Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as “the Pearl of Africa.” More than a century later, the International House of Prayer—a Missouri-based megachurch that calls itself, yes, IHOP�   More
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Headout: The Great Carpet-Matching Game

Can you identify Portland’s most iconic rugs?

Portland is losing a legend: The Portland International Airport plans to tear out its carpet. That much-beloved teal upholstery, with its distinctive violet, cobalt and red cross marks, has    More
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

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