The Night Alive (Third Rail)

Looking for laughs in all the dark places.

Theater “Sad and poor Irish people sitting in a room” is practically a theatrical genre unto itself these days. The Night Alive, a play by famed Irish playwright Conor McPherson, hardly reinvents it. ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Ruthless! The Musical

Theater A song-studded romp detailing one adorable girl’s murder of another for the lead role in a school play, Ruthless! The Musical explores the sinister glint behind every child star’s manufactured ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Perchance to Dream

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s Enter the Night is beautiful, surreal and surprisingly funny.

Theater In Enter the Night, playwright Maria Irene Fornes takes on big issues. One character mourns the loss of his lover to AIDS. Another visits a doctor for her worsening heart palpitations. The third ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The God Game (Shaking the Tree)

No G-bombs for T-Dawg.

Theater The God Game premiered only hours after Gov. John Kitzhaber’s resignation announcement. Shaking the Tree Theatre could hardly have planned it, but it was an uncanny moment to examine the role ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by RIHANNA WEISS

Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Profile Theatre)

Put a ring on it.

Theater Profile Theatre’s production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone begins with a familiar scene: two strangers sitting separately at a cafe, and neither will turn off their damn cellphone. Our protagonis ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (Sojourn Theatre)

Political dialogue way better than on Facebook.

Theater One thousand dollars isn’t going to end poverty, but it will do something. And what it does is up to you—you and, like, 100 other people. At Sojourn Theatre’s How to End Poverty in 90 Mi ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Threesome (Portland Center Stage)

Three is the loneliest number.

Theater It only takes about 10 minutes for the first penis to appear. But that’s hardly the most shocking moment in Threesome, a richly scripted world-premiere production by Seattle playwright Yussef ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Portland Center Stage)

A chunky Chekhov smoothie, spiked with voodoo curses and Snow White.

Theater Christopher Durang has likened his latest play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, to Chekhov put through a comic blender. It’s a comparison that puts me in mind of those Will It Blend? videos ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Portland Center Stage)

A chunky Chekhov smoothie, spiked with voodoo curses and Snow White.

Theater Christopher Durang has likened his latest play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, to Chekhov put through a comic blender. It’s a comparison that puts me in mind of those Will It Blend? videos ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Gender Tree

Bend and rend.

Theater A work in progress by Portlander Cassandra Boice, Gender Tree begins by posing a few questions. Do people still identify with traditional gender roles? How do you define the word “gender”? B ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Top Three Best Bets For Fertile Ground

Theater ID[ea] Back in August, participants in Third Rail’s mentorship program were given 36 hours to make a piece of theater. What emerged is a play about how we create, transform and strip apart our ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The Snowstorm

From Russia with love.

Theater The Snowstorm begins with an intense concert. Sitting at a piano in the darkened theater, Eric Nordin looks calm and serene, but that belies the torrent of sound he’s producing. As the final ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD
 

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