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Gidion’s Knot

Tangled up.

The setting is the epitome of pedagogical order. Posters of Hindu deities line the walls, a giant bottle of hand sanitizer sits sentry on the teacher’s desk, buckets of markers top the tables.   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

NBC Sends Ron Funches and Rest of Undateable Cast on Standup Tour

The network still hasn't set a premiere date for the comedy.


Former Portlander Ron Funches might still be waiting for his NBC series to hit screens, but at least he gets to embark on a nine-city standup tour with his co-stars.
Funches joined the cast of Undateable nearly a year ago, about a group of romantically challenged men. Though NBC has yet to set a premiere date for the scripted comedy—never a good sign—Deadline Hollywood   More
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

A Night in November (Corrib Theatre)

Stand up for the boys in green.

Irish playwright Marie Jones frames A Night in November with two soccer matches. The first is in Belfast in 1993, a World Cup qualifier between the two Irelands—the Republic and its northern,    More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

UPDATING: A List of Locals Accepted to Perform at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival

Growing slate of Portland comics scheduled to perform at this year's festival.


In six years, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival has boomed in size, and it's played a huge role in getting Portland on the standup map. This year, the fest is moving to May, when big-name national comedians and gobs of local comics will take over Hawthorne for four days. 
Today, comics were told who's been accepted to the festival.
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Monday, February 17, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff (Alicia Jo Rabins)

Praying for a Ponzi schemer.

In Judaism, the Kaddish is most often recited as a prayer for the dead. But occasionally, in cases of extreme wrongdoing, it’s used to mark a Jew’s excommunication from the faith. That’s    More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Just Opened: The Monster-Builder

A review of Artists Rep's production of Amy Freed's world-premiere play.


Gregor Zubrowski, the megalomaniacal architect at the center of Amy Freed’s The Monster-Builder, is as slick a villain as can be: Clad in a trim black suit, he’s got a bald pate, severe goatee and round spectacles, and he delights in razing old buildings and erecting gleaming monstrosities in their place. All confident stride and rapacious gaze, he venerates Nietzsche and unleashes a ca...   More
Monday, February 3, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

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.

mike birbiglia 1 photo credit brian friedman

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
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