Never Say Never Say Die Again

GOONIES HOUSE BROKEN: Never say “never say die” again. Astoria’s famous Goonies House is closed to the public. After more than a decade of allowing up to 1,500 visitors a day to make pilgrimages   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 WW Culture Staff

Much Ado About Nothing (Post5)

Tired Shakespeare, turned inside out.

Love him or hate him, Shakespeare had one damn good formula for a hit.  The same premise and plot barrel through practically all his comedies: Factions clash, mistaken identiti   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Macbeth (Portland Actors Ensemble): Theater Review

Don’t risk your lily-whites for this Scottish play.

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
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 ALLIE DONAHUE

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

Shakespearean theory in the age of fanfic.

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
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Just Opened: The Tempest

A review of Portland Shakespeare Project's production of Shakespeare's stormy play.


Arts & Books
The Tempest, generally believed to be Shakespeare’s final play, is both a bumbling island adventure and a philosophical meditation on humanity. This Portland Shakespeare Project production will disappoint purists or those craving weighty intellectualism, but it will satisfy just about everyone else, thanks to Michael Mendelson’s lighthearted—if not particularly lighthanded—direction. Most notably, ...   More
Monday, July 14, 2014 ENID SPITZ

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Portland Center Stage)

Staying warm with Shakespeare.

November and December seem, at first, an odd time to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s not just the play’s title that contributes to its air of endless summer: Shakespeare stocked his fe   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Weird Willie Style

The many adaptable faces of Shakespeare.

Macbeth is better with beer. When Jonathan Owicki staged the well-worn Shakespearean tragedy in March, he decided to add a drinking game, which he says helped the audience—and actors—gain a    More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline (PCS)

Scaling down the Bard of Avon.

It just wouldn’t be Shakespeare without a little sexual subterfuge. Though it’s one of his lesser-known tales, Cymbeline employs many of the playwright’s favorite plot devices—mistaken ide   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle (Bag&Baggage)

Into the Bard’s velvet goldmine.

Some Shakespearean purists scoff when modern scholars mess with their beloved Bard. They turn pointed noses skyward at deleted lines, and sigh dramatically at contemporary adaptations’ tendencies   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 AP KRYZA

TBA 2010: Romeo and Juliet, just as you sorta remember it, kinda

This is the shtick (and pay attention if you plan on seeing the show, because it won't make one scratch of sense otherwise): New York's Nature Theater of Oklahoma founders Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska called up friends and family members, asked them to recall the story of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and turned their responses, word-for-word—“uhm”s, “ah”s, “shit”s ...   More
Thursday, September 16, 2010 RUTH BROWN


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