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Midsummer (Third Rail Repertory)

Love, Elmo and Japanese rope bondage, set to song.


Theater
Spring is often referred to as the season of love. But for Bob and Helena, two unlikely lovers on the streets of Edinburgh, the solstice is when the magic happens. Midsummer is modestly subtitle   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

The Lunchbox

Hungry for love.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox is set in Mumbai, where a fraternity of 5,000 men, the dabbawallas, have been delivering hot lunches from the city’s housewives to their businessman husbands for    More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

AP Film Studies: Also Showing 3/26/14

Castles, clowns and Jean-Claude Van Damme: This week at Portland’s indie theaters.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Editor’s Note: Last week, columnist AP Kryza disappeared, leaving only a garbled voicemail. His whereabouts remain unknown. We did, however, receive a cryptic note—delivered by a bowtie-weari   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Hotseat: Aziz Ansari

The whip-smart comedian talks romance in the digital age.


Comedy and Variety
Aziz Ansari has some of the sharpest standup out there right now. Unlike many other comics, the Parks and Recreation star doesn’t just stop at oddball observations, but puts in the necessary bra   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, DEBORAH KENNEDY

Q&A: Maz Jobrani

The Iranian-born comedian and co-founder of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour talks about ethnic stereotypes, metal detectors and why he won't play a terrorist.

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Maz Jobrani is perhaps best known as a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. Born in Iran, his family moved to California when Jobrani was six. He got his standup start at the Comedy Store and has since become known for his bridge-building style of comedy that mines misconceptions about the Middle East. He’s appeared on The Tonight...   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by DEBORAH KENNEDY

AP Film Studies: Also Showing


Movie Reviews & Stories
Editor’s Note: After filing his Muppets story this week, AP Kryza left an unintelligible voicemail for WW. Our transcription experts only made out the words “lemur,” “sourdough,” “stir   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

At Full Tilt

On-the-rise comic Beth Stelling talks fan mail, tilted uteruses and tankinis.


Comedy and Variety
When you Google “Beth Stelling,” the first link that comes up is for the comedian’s website: sweetbeth.com. But click on that site, and your browser will try to take you to an online pharm   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Strip Club Guide 2014: Stripper Beauty Tips


Strip Club Guide
Did you know that face powder can cause respiratory infections? That shaving with oil can lead to smoother results than cream? That the key to a clear, blemish-free ass is to scrub, scrub and sc   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Lear (Bag & Baggage)

Shakespeare goes steampunk.


Theater
“We do things differently in the suburbs.” So said Scott Palmer, artistic director of Hillsboro’s Bag & Baggage Productions, in a pre-show introduction to Lear, a stripped-down, corseted   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Gloria

Love (and sex) in the time of middle age.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Two phrases that should probably be retired from the English language—“slice of life” and “woman of a certain age”—have both been applied to Gloria, the new film from Chilean director    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY
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