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TBA Diaries: Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort, Germinal


In most live performance, there’s a tacit contract between performers and audience. There are plenty of ways artists try to bust apart that contract—we’ve all suffered through failures of audience interaction—and play with the rules of the theater.
But Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort's Germinal, currently receiving its U.S. premiere at the    More
Friday, September 19, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: SQUART! at the Works


If nothing else, Wednesday night’s SQUART! show at the Works proved one thing: Artists don’t need fancy residencies and thousands of dollars in grants. Hell no: Give ‘em three hours and a box of sidewalk chalk and—provided they’re willing to eat said chalk, wrestle naked and yank around folding chairs with their teeth—they’re all set.
SQUART!, short for...   More
Friday, September 19, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Mammalian Diving Reflex, All the Sex I've Ever Had


The conceit of All the Sex I’ve Ever Had is simple: A panel of performers, all over the age of 65, give year-by-year accounts of their coital histories. But—as with much sex—it’s hardly that simple in practice. Far more than an inventory of bedpost notches, the performance is testament to the r...   More
Thursday, September 18, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Portland Stand-Up Comedy Photo Album: Live!


There’s plenty of humor at PICA's Time-Based Art Festival. A roomful of adults dressed in pastel-colored bedsheets prompts giggles. Cynthia Hopkins, who just closed a two-night run of her one-woman show, A Living ...   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON


Not, despite its title, a nature documentary.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Remember that bathroom in Trainspotting? The one with its floor flooded with standing water and a toilet seat smeared with decades of accumulated excrement? A lavatory in the opening scene of    More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Test of Time

Sex and mythical America in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.

The first week of the Time-Based Art Festival brought mind-boggling sonic manipulation, walrus imitations, doughnut-themed drag queens, aggressive confrontation of gender expectations and lots a   More

Sans Merci (Badass Theatre Company)

Without mercy, indeed.

Johnna Adams’ Sans Merci is a test in emotional endurance: Where some dramas prod, this one pummels. For much of the play, directed by Antonio Sonera, the blows come steadily and hit squarel   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Intimate Apparel

Par for the corset.

If Intimate Apparel were underwear, it would be a pair of pale pink panties, maybe with a modest ruffle or two. This 2003 drama by Lynn Nottage, which opens Artists Rep’s season, is a sensit   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Luke George, Not About Face


I thought all the bedsheets would be white.
Instead, as we enter the Conduit dance studio for Luke George’s Time-Based Art Festival performance, volunteers drape us in sheets in shades of lavender, pale pink, taupe, seafoam green. I wear soft yellow. We look less like Klansmen or kids in homemade Halloween ghost costumes than...   More
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Critical Mascara: A Post-Realness Drag Ball

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At the beginning of the Time Based-Art Festival’s second-annual Critical Mascara drag ball, host Kaj-anne Pepper said it would be “a shitshow of a magic night.”
She spoke the truth.
Though the only things that actually emerged from rear ends were condoms and bananas (no joke, and the latter was consumed), thi...   More
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON
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