Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bag & Baggage)

Shakespeare is livin’ La Dolce Vita.

Performance 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

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

The Bard gone batty.

Performance 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

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Feckin’ family.

Performance 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.

Performance 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

American Psycho

Murders and executions, mostly.

Performance 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

Buried Child (Profile Theatre)

There’s no place like home.

Performance 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


Performance 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

The Playboy of the Western World (Artists Rep)

Dense as a furzy ditch, but the craic is mighty.

Performance “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

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by DEBORAH KENNEDY

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

Pain Or Pleasure

Two plays at Defunkt Theatre explore our appetite for savagery.

Performance 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

May 21, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

The Pirates of Penzance

Batten down the hatches.

Performance 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

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

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