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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Portland Center Stage)

A chunky Chekhov smoothie, spiked with voodoo curses and Snow White.

Theater Christopher Durang has likened his latest play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, to Chekhov put through a comic blender. It’s a comparison that puts me in mind of those Will It Blend? videos ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Gender Tree

Bend and rend.

Theater A work in progress by Portlander Cassandra Boice, Gender Tree begins by posing a few questions. Do people still identify with traditional gender roles? How do you define the word “gender”? B ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

The Snowstorm

From Russia with love.

Theater The Snowstorm begins with an intense concert. Sitting at a piano in the darkened theater, Eric Nordin looks calm and serene, but that belies the torrent of sound he’s producing. As the final ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

A Dark Detroit Night

A new folk opera reimagines The Snow Queen in the Motor City.

Theater A few years ago, while traveling through Detroit, musician Laura Dunn stepped into an abandoned ballroom. On the floor was a shattered chandelier—a small one, but in memory it grew to wondrous ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Top Three Best Bets For Fertile Ground

Theater ID[ea] Back in August, participants in Third Rail’s mentorship program were given 36 hours to make a piece of theater. What emerged is a play about how we create, transform and strip apart our ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Santa (Liminal Performance Group)

It’s a not-so-wonderful life.

Theater Santa Claus is in rough shape. His suit is smudged with soot. He rings his bell like the world’s most depressed Salvation Army volunteer. Trudging onstage into a stark shaft of light, he wails ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock: Theater Review

Luck of the Irish.

Theater The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock aren’t too impressive. “The eighth is my arse!” says Mag (Marilyn Stacey), proprietor of the Cap ’n’ Bells pub. But her lumbering, amiable son Jonty ( ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Blithe Spirit

Ghost at the feast.

Theater Death is entirely a laughing matter. At least, that’s the case in Artists Rep’s production of Blithe Spirit, directed by Christopher Liam Moore. Noël Coward’s 1941 comedy finds well-to-do ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

A Cummings Christmas

Liminal Performance Group runs wild with E.E. Cummings’ strange little Yuletide play.

Theater Most of us know E.E. Cummings for his poetry. But in addition to conducting wacky typographical experiments, Cummings was also a playwright. Not a terribly prolific one: He wrote only four pla ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

As You Like It (Post5 Theatre)

A converted church in Sellwood: the perfect home for Shakespeare.

Theater You don’t have to give Macbeth a lightsaber, turn Rosencrantz and Guildenstern into Mafiosos or set Twelfth Night at an office party in Tigard to reimagine Shakespeare. Making the Bard accessi ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas

Losing battle.

Theater For a few moments after the introductory dance barrage, right when one of Portland’s oldest comedy troupes settles down for a looooong winter’s slapstick, The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas feel ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Portland Fall Theater Picks

Fall Arts Sans Merci Badass Theatre Company burst onto the scene with 2013’s Invasion!, a wondrous shapeshifter of a play that was devoured by a quartet of actors. For its second full production, it pres ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Theater Director Samantha Van Der Merwe

A theatrical worldbuilder with equal tastes for the sinister and the fanciful.

Fall Arts In science fiction, people often speak of “worldbuilding,” about writers and filmmakers who can construct an entire universe—its appearance, its laws, its technology, its history, its custom ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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