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

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

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

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (Northwest Classical Theatre)

Shakespearean theory in the age of fanfic.

Theater Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is like fan fiction writ large. A long-suffering grad student falls down a trash-can rabbit hole and into a parallel reality, where the plots of two o ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by RIHANNA WEISS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post-Milepost5

Post5 is switching things up in Sellwood.

Theater Post5 Theatre Company is on the move. It started in 2011 with a summer program of Shakespeare plays in the courtyard of Milepost5, a Montavilla artists collective. Every show was free, and the ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

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
 

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