Private Lives (Bag & Baggage Productions)

Throwing pillows, maybe chopping off heads.

Performance 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

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by LAUREN TERRY

The Sister Trap

With Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble makes ennui feel alive.

Theater Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble has never played by anyone else’s rules. In the group’s first production, 2013’s stark and disquieting adaptation of Richard III, actors slid tables ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bag & Baggage)

Shakespeare is livin’ La Dolce Vita.

Theater 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

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

American Psycho

Murders and executions, mostly.

Theater 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

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

The Philadelphia Story

Class act.

Theater If you thought your love life was complicated, take a look at Tracy Lord’s: On the eve of her wedding, the bride-to-be finds herself in a love triangle (or is it a square?) of the stickiest so ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

A Story of O’s

Ringing off the hook.

Theater If ever a performance could make you consider a career in phone sex, it’s this one. Tonya Jone Miller’s one-woman show A Story of O’s spans the decade Miller has spent working as a self-procla ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)

The Bard gone batty.

Theater 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

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Risk/Reward Festival

Ladies night.

Theater This weekend’s Risk/Reward Festival is all about the women. Every year since 2008, the micro-fest has presented six 20-minute performances: all new, all devised by West Coast artists and all p ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Feckin’ family.

Theater 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

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Lizzie (Portland Center Stage)

Took an ax, gave her mother 40 whacks.

Theater 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

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON


Theater 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

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by LAUREN TERRY

Buried Child (Profile Theatre)

There’s no place like home.

Theater 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

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

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