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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