Macbeth (Portland Actors Ensemble): Theater Review

Don’t risk your lily-whites for this Scottish play.

Theater Portland’s outdoor theater has shriveled in the sun. It’s a good thing you can strip and cycle with thousands of naked Portlanders, or gorge on Potato Champion’s poutine while ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by ALLIE DONAHUE

J.A.W.Z. The Musical—in 3D (The Saloon Ensemble): Theater Review

A shark satire that’s more shallow than sharp.

Theater Comedy sketches, much like sharks, endure as evolutionary marvels of brutal efficiency. They’re borne forward on sheer momentum, form-bound to a brutal functionality and devoid of shame. As audience ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

The Lion (Portland Center Stage)

This one-man musical is more meow.

Theater Benjamin Scheuer’s one-man show is billed as a play, but The Lion doesn’t feel like one. Trade the six guitars balanced on the Ellyn Bye Studio’s minimalist stage for a baby grand, costume ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

The Comedy of Errors (Post5 Theatre)

Ty Boice’s twinning update makes Shakespeare hip.

Theater The Comedy of Errors is one of the Bard’s lighter farces, often ignored, and it’s all a rip-off. Shakespeare modernized Roman playwright Plautus’ comedy Menaechmi and directly borrowed m ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by EDWARD MORRIS

George Washington Slept Here (Twilight Theater Company)

This old house might just fall down.

Theater George Washington Slept Here is one fixer-upper of a play, one of the lesser comedies from legendary playwriting duo George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart (You Can’t Take It With You, The Man Who Came T ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

The Liar (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Ives’ web of lies flies.

Theater The Liar is flouncing in on the coattails of Portland’s 17th-century comedy binge. Theater Vertigo’s The School for Lies, Portland State University’s The Misanthrope and Portland Center Stage� ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by AMY WOLFE

Three Days of Rain (Portland Center Stage)

Grimm stars fight family drama with wit.

Theater If you describe your mother as “sort of like Zelda Fitzgerald’s less stable sister,” chances are your childhood wasn’t rosy. Walker and Nan, the brother and sister at the center of Ric ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Static (Third Rail Repertory)

Sound and sign language harmonize in Third Rail’s new dramedy.

Theater Scottish playwright Dan Rebellato’s Static pits the power of rock against the sound of silence. The production’s first ambitious undertaking is being bilingual in English and American Sign L ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Static (Third Rail Repertory)

Sound and sign language harmonize in Third Rail’s new dramedy.

Theater Scottish playwright Dan Rebellato’s Static pits the power of rock against the sound of silence. The production’s first ambitious undertaking is being bilingual in English and American Sign L ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Portland Playhouse)

What if only The Simpsons survived?

Theater The Simpsons is a cultural institution. Gen-Xers grew up with it. Many millennials have never known a world without it. Even a few baby boomers embraced its irreverent, referential humor. But ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

4000 Miles (Artists Rep)

Portland stages keep on trucking through Amy Herzog plays.

Theater New York playwright Amy Herzog became contemporary theater’s darling when her play 4000 Miles was the first from Lincoln Center Theater’s prolific new works program to get an off-Broadway ru ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

4000 Miles (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Amy Herzog’s play hits a few bumps along the way.

Theater Realism can be rough. When a play has a simple set and minimalist dialogue, it takes well-tuned performances to create a sublime show. Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, a finalist for the 2013 Pulitz ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by CONOR EIFLER
 

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