The School For Lies: Theater Review

Theater The Shoebox Theater is almost too intimate—audiences at the aptly named space have to parade across stage to exit. It’s a fitting squeeze for Theatre Vertigo’s The School for Lies, where t ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by RIHANNA WEISS

Columbinus (Oregon Children’s Theatre)

The Children’s Theatre goes dark.

Theater When two teens in black trench coats marched through the halls of Columbine High School, most of the cast of Oregon Children’s Theatre’s Columbinus were just 2 years old. Now the age that ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

The Invisible Hand (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Stockholm syndrome at Artists Rep.

Theater Spending time with stock traders is usually about as enticing as a terrorist jail cell. But somehow director Allen Nause makes both captivating in Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar’s The Invis ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

The Price

Happy birthday, Arthur.

Theater Thinking about Arthur Miller, the first phrase that jumps to mind is: “They don’t make ’em like they used to.” Certainly it’s a common motif in his writing, but more to the point, the ... More

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by CONOR EIFLER

The People’s Republic of Portland (Portland Center Stage)

Lauren Weedman exploits Rose City quirks.

Theater Lauren Weedman has made a small industry out of gently mocking cities she barely knows, sponsored by residents of the cities themselves. Since the debut of The People’s Republic of Portland— ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by HALEY MARTIN

A Comedy of Errors (Six on Shakespeare)

Gender-swapping as social experiment.

Theater “Do you know me, sir? Am I Dromio? Am I your man? Am I myself?” Shakespeare’s fool in A Comedy of Errors questions identity in what could go down a rabbit hole of existential philosophizing. ... More

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by KATHRYN PEIFER

Belleville (Third Rail)

Expat lovebirds unravel in Amy Herzog’s relationship psycho-drama.

Theater Amy Herzog’s Belleville isn’t the kind of thriller with Psycho strings or undead dance moves. It’s the haunting kind that meticulously picks at peripheral, casual details until an entire m ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

10-Ring Circus

Portland playwrights take us to the circus at the Ten Minute Play Festival.

Theater Circus extravaganzas have long been theater’s eccentric, mustachioed cousin—glitterized spectacles for audiences packing peanuts over opera specs. Monkey With a Hat On puts performance back ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by CURTIS COOK, ENID SPITZ

10-Ring Circus

Portland playwrights take us to the circus at the Ten Minute Play Festival.

Theater Circus extravaganzas have long been theater’s eccentric, mustachioed cousin—glitterized spectacles for audiences packing peanuts over opera specs. Monkey With a Hat On puts performance back ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by CURTIS COOK, ENID SPITZ

The Other Place (Portland Playhouse)

Playhouse plays mind games

Theater Portland Playhouse is a seemingly abandoned church with a labyrinthine interior. It’s therefore a perfect home for the company’s latest production, The Other Place, Sharr White’s 2011 pl ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

The Invisible Hand

Politics play at Artists Rep.

Theater Apparently it’s easier to stage Driving Miss Daisy in Bangladesh than an off-Broadway political thriller in Portland. At least when the U.S. State Department gets involved. Local director Allen ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Action/Adventure’s Pilot Season: From Beyond

Theater for the screen-addicted masses, with cake and hate-fucking.

Theater Who says theater has to be highbrow? Can’t there be quality for the TV crowd? Action/Adventure Theatre’s second Pilot Season recaptures audiences numbed by endless zombie killing and incestu ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS
 

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