J.A.W.Z. The Musical—in 3D (The Saloon Ensemble): Theater Review

A shark satire that’s more shallow than sharp.


Theater
Comedy sketches, much like sharks, endure as evolutionary marvels of brutal efficiency. They’re borne forward on sheer momentum, form-bound to a brutal functionality and devoid of shame. As audience   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 JAY HORTON

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

Shakespearean theory in the age of fanfic.


Theater
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

The Lion (Portland Center Stage)

This one-man musical is more meow.


Theater
Benjamin Scheuer’s one-man show is billed as a play, but The Lion doesn’t feel like one. Trade the six guitars balanced on the Ellyn Bye Studio’s minimalist stage for a baby grand, costume   More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 JAY HORTON

Three Days of Rain (Portland Center Stage)

Grimm stars fight family drama with wit.


Theater
If you describe your mother as “sort of like Zelda Fitzgerald’s less stable sister,” chances are your childhood wasn’t rosy. Walker and Nan, the brother and sister at the center of Ric   More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Static (Third Rail Repertory)

Sound and sign language harmonize in Third Rail’s new dramedy.


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Scottish playwright Dan Rebellato’s Static pits the power of rock against the sound of silence. The production’s first ambitious undertaking is being bilingual in English and American Sign L   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

The Invisible Hand (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Stockholm syndrome at Artists Rep.


Theater
Spending time with stock traders is usually about as enticing as a terrorist jail cell. But somehow director Allen Nause makes both captivating in Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar’s The Invis   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 ENID SPITZ

The Other Place (Portland Playhouse)

Playhouse plays mind games


Theater
Portland Playhouse is a seemingly abandoned church with a labyrinthine interior. It’s therefore a perfect home for the company’s latest production, The Other Place, Sharr White’s 2011 pl   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 JAY HORTON

White Christmas

Going home for the holidays: Portland Center Stage’s Other Desert Cities packs plenty of baggage.


Theater
If you miss the turnoff for Palm Springs, big green signs on Interstate 10 announce the approach of “other desert cities.” Director Timothy Bond and Portland Center Stage have a more precise   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Ruthless! The Musical


Theater
A song-studded romp detailing one adorable girl’s murder of another for the lead role in a school play, Ruthless! The Musical explores the sinister glint behind every child star’s manufactured   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 JAY HORTON

The Night Alive (Third Rail)

Looking for laughs in all the dark places.


Theater
“Sad and poor Irish people sitting in a room” is practically a theatrical genre unto itself these days. The Night Alive, a play by famed Irish playwright Conor McPherson, hardly reinvents it.    More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

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