A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff (Alicia Jo Rabins)

Praying for a Ponzi schemer.


Theater
In Judaism, the Kaddish is most often recited as a prayer for the dead. But occasionally, in cases of extreme wrongdoing, it’s used to mark a Jew’s excommunication from the faith. That’s    More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Jitney

Calling all cabbies.


Theater
If you can, find a moment during Jitney to listen to its rhythms rather than its words, its pulse rather than its plot. August Wilson’s plays are so often described as musical that it’s almo   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Detroit (Portland Playhouse)

A suburban nightmare, writ large.


Theater
The streets in the unnamed suburb of Detroit—which is not necessarily set anywhere near the Motor City—evoke light. Ultraviolet Lane. Fluorescent Avenue. Sunshine Way. Lightness, too: Ther   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Huntsmen (Portland Playhouse)

A doo-wop revue, with a side of murder.


Theater
Devon, the central character in The Huntsmen, is an awkward and fidgety teen, the vice president of his high school’s glee club and the child of divorced parents—his father is a lawyer and h   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

King Hedley II (Portland Playhouse)

Blasting a bomb to kingdom come.


Theater
When the title character in King Hedley II talks about the man he murdered—a crime for which he just served seven years in prison—he summons a sharp allusion. “I got the atomic bomb as far a   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Portland Playhouse)

America, the oversexed adolescent.


Theater
In Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the seventh president pours himself into skinny jeans, slicks his hair back Fonzie-style and packs a microphone...   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Brother/Sister Plays Part 2 (Portland Playhouse)

The saga's second half is less dreamy, more scary.


Theater
When I left Portland Playhouse after opening night of the first part of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s trilogy, I felt...   More
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

In the Red and Brown Water (Portland Playhouse)

A sweltering dream of terrible timing.


Theater
If you’re going to run from the swamp, you’d best keep running. Oya runs fast enough to earn a track scholarship, but stays behind to care for her ailing mother. When autumn rolls around again   More
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

Famished (Portland Playhouse)

Eugenia Woods nibbles away at our neuroses.


Theater
Given the amount of ink spilled on our other basic desires—sex, love, wealth and power—the number of plays that address hunger is surprisingly small. This is not true of any other art form;    More
 
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

[UPDATED] Portland Playhouse Offers Cheap Tickets To "The Scene" For WW Readers

Nikki Weaver_The Scene_Portland Playhouse_credit Brian Weaver

Arts & Books
[UPDATE] Thursday only, the Playhouse is offering $10 tickets to anyone who says "Portland Blizzard" at the ticket counter. $10! That's less than a movie! Go!Portland Playhouse is offering a deal for WW readers for this weekend only: $6 off all tickets to the company's new production of Theresa Rebeck's The Scene. Just use the coupon code "WW" on the Portland Playhouse website to get yours. The show ...   More
 
Thursday, February 24, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

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