The Sister Trap

With Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble makes ennui feel alive.


Performance
Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble has never played by anyone else’s rules. In the group’s first production, 2013’s stark and disquieting adaptation of Richard III, actors slid tables    More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Just Opened: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

A review of Broadway Rose's production of the 1978 musical.

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Arts & Books
In the early 1900s, the Chicken Ranch opened its doors in small-town Texas. Except this wasn’t a ranch at all. Instead of hens, this ranch sold blowjobs. Instead of farmers, there were scantily clad women and scads of men who came and went. This was a successful hotel-turned-brothel, and it remained in operation until 1973, when it shuttered forever. The battle over that brothel is ...   More
 
Monday, August 4, 2014 KATHERINE MARRONE

Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bag & Baggage)

Shakespeare is livin’ La Dolce Vita.


Performance
Love’s Labour’s Lost has never been very popular. One of the more convoluted comedies in the Shakespeare canon, the play went almost 250 years after its initial performance without a singl   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

American Psycho

Murders and executions, mostly.


Performance
In both press release and pre-curtain speech, Trenton Shine has described his new theatrical adaptation of American Psycho as a parody of the film. It’s a claim that simultaneously overexplains    More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 JAY HORTON

A Story of O’s

Ringing off the hook.


Performance
If ever a performance could make you consider a career in phone sex, it’s this one. Tonya Jone Miller’s one-woman show A Story of O’s spans the decade Miller has spent working as a self-procla   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 KATHERINE MARRONE

The Philadelphia Story

Class act.


Performance
If you thought your love life was complicated, take a look at Tracy Lord’s: On the eve of her wedding, the bride-to-be finds herself in a love triangle (or is it a square?) of the stickiest so   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 KATHERINE MARRONE

Lizzie (Portland Center Stage)

Took an ax, gave her mother 40 whacks.


Performance
Like Gwen Stefani circa “Just a Girl”—only homicidal and clad in Victorian dress—the Lizzie Borden of rock opera Lizzie is a foot-stomping, hair-flinging rebel who can rock out with the best   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Buried Child (Profile Theatre)

There’s no place like home.


Performance
In the 1960s, Sam Shepard was making his name in Greenwich Village’s experimental scene with fractured, restless one-acts. In a 1965 Village Voice review of one of these works, playwright Edwa   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Macbeth


Performance
Shakespeare’s darkest trip of butchery and regret gets haphazard treatment in this Northwest Classical Theatre Company production, which successfully plays up the spookiness of Macbeth but fal   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

The Playboy of the Western World (Artists Rep)

Dense as a furzy ditch, but the craic is mighty.


Performance
“There’s a great gap between a gallous story and a dirty deed.” So says the sharp-tongued Pegeen Mike in J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World. There’s also a great gap between Syn   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

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