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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

Gnarly Grey: Back To School


Bar Reviews
Gnarly Grey (1235 SW Jefferson St., 971-271-7407, gnarlygrey.com) might make you feel like you’ve gone back to college. Located a couple of blocks from the Portland State University campus, the    More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

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

Theater! Theatre! May Face Final Curtain Call

road-to-mecca

Portland's theater community reeled Friday, after hearing news about Southeast Belmont Street’s venerable Theater! Theatre! shutting its doors this summer. In a city with few mid-size venues, the two-auditorium building has long been a bustling theatrical hub.

But afte...   More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by 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

Brew Views: Harold and Maude

If you want to sing out.


Brew Views
Exactly what about cult classic Harold and Maude spoke to my high-school self? The twisted romance that blooms between a death-obsessed young man and a life-loving old woman? Saucer-eyed Bud Cor   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

International Falls (Coho Productions)

A depressed comedian walks into a bar.


Performance
That comedy comes from pain is a well-worn trope, but in International Falls, Thomas Ward’s compassionate and sharply observed world-premiere play, it’s a two-way street: Not only do misfortun   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Brew Views: Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

Short and sweet.


Brew Views
Cumulatively clocking in at a brisk 40 minutes, this year’s Oscar-nominated animated shorts are a uniformly charming bunch. The briefest is the 2-minute, stop-motion Fresh Guacamole, in which inedib   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Fertile Ground Diaries: Feral

feral

Entering the Bob White Theatre Warehouse—just a concrete floor with in-the-round seating and a chandelier hanging from the soaring ceiling—ushers informed audience members that the heat will shut off when the performance begins. “It’ll get progressively colder,” one says. “Hang onto your coats.”
This was, oddly, not an intentional metacommentary about life on the streets in this w...   More
 
Sunday, January 27, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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