Love’s Labour’s Lost has never
been very popular. One of the more convoluted comedies in the
Shakespeare canon, the play went almost 250 years after its initial
performance without a singl ... More
If you don’t
like screaming, dancing, ugly wigs, Destiny’s Child, (fake) vomiting,
audience participation or poking fun at the world’s most famous
playwright, The Complete Works of William ... More
The Irish have invaded Portland. Between Artists Rep’s The Playboy of the Western World, Corrib’s forthcoming The Hen Night Epiphany and this Third Rail production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, ... More
Like Gwen Stefani circa “Just a Girl”—only homicidal and clad in Victorian dress—the Lizzie Borden of rock opera Lizzie
is a foot-stomping, hair-flinging rebel who can rock out with the best ... More
In both press release and pre-curtain speech, Trenton Shine has described his new theatrical adaptation of American Psycho
as a parody of the film. It’s a claim that simultaneously overexplains ... More
In the 1960s, Sam Shepard was making his
name in Greenwich Village’s experimental scene with fractured, restless
one-acts. In a 1965 Village Voice review of one of these works,
playwright Edwa ... More
Shakespeare’s darkest trip of butchery and regret gets
haphazard treatment in this Northwest Classical Theatre Company
production, which successfully plays up the spookiness of Macbeth
but fal ... More
“There’s a great gap between a gallous story and a dirty deed.” So says the sharp-tongued Pegeen Mike in J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World.
There’s also a great gap between Syn ... More
For those who missed out on spring vacation, Private Lives
is a delightful escape. The comedy of manners, written in 1930 by the
legendary Noël Coward, is an absurd tale told through the peephole ... More
Two plays at Defunkt Theatre explore our appetite for savagery.
Whether it’s because they’ve horrified or enthralled, some
plays have a way of lingering long after the actors take their bows.
Often that’s welcome—it’s one of the things that makes the ... More
You can’t blame Bill Rauch for wanting to spice up The Pirates of Penzance.
The 1879 Gilbert & Sullivan operetta is a frothy affair with plenty
of rascally swashbucklers and dewy-cheeked mai ... More