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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

Brew Views: The Long Goodbye

Marlowe for the Me generation.


Brew Views
For its second tribute to film noir, Return to Noirville, Cinema 21 celebrates the genre’s apex with eight classics, but it also hops a few decades forward with a trio of neo-noirs. Top among th   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

Brew Views: Upstream Color

This little swine of mine.


Brew Views
Pigs figure heavily in Upstream Color. In addition to a scene of a woman cuddling with a piglet, writer-director Shane Carruth’s sophomore feature also includes swine being bagged for an unple   More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Girl Twirling

Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder is more mystifying than mind-blowing.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life overflowed with voice-over narration. His new film is practically an audiobook. Actually, “audiobook” is misleading: That would suggest To the Wonder’s    More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 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

Trip And Slide

Danny Boyle’s Trance is a head trip that spins in on itself.


Movie Reviews & Stories
As best I can tell, Trance is the first film—outside porn, maybe—to have a plot that hinges on a woman’s pubic hair. Though the Goya painting that goes missing in the art-heist thriller is   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 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
 

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