As You Like It (Post5 Theatre)

A converted church in Sellwood: the perfect home for Shakespeare.


Theater
You don’t have to give Macbeth a lightsaber, turn Rosencrantz and Guildenstern into Mafiosos or set Twelfth Night at an office party in Tigard to reimagine Shakespeare. Making the Bard accessi   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Poe Must Go On

Masque of the Red Death does more than justice to the master of the macabre.


Theater
Entering the brightly lit studio space, we’re handed delicate white party masks. Some are decorated with spiky branches, others with snakelike scales. Tinkly music plays. Some people waltz and   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Typographer’s Dream: Theater Review

Labor relations.


Theater
You are where you work, we’re told. Lawyers are argumentative assholes, and nurses are either cold or caring. It’s a trope common in fiction since Dickens. In The Typographer’s Dream, writ   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Theater Review: Parade

Cruel intentions.


Theater
Presented in its stripped-down chamber version, this production of the Tony Award-winning musical Parade places its orchestra center stage. That’s where it belongs: The most impressive element   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 JOHN BEER

Intimate Apparel

Par for the corset.


Theater
If Intimate Apparel were underwear, it would be a pair of pale pink panties, maybe with a modest ruffle or two. This 2003 drama by Lynn Nottage, which opens Artists Rep’s season, is a sensit   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Sans Merci (Badass Theatre Company)

Without mercy, indeed.


Theater
Johnna Adams’ Sans Merci is a test in emotional endurance: Where some dramas prod, this one pummels. For much of the play, directed by Antonio Sonera, the blows come steadily and hit squarel   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Macbeth


Theater
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.


Theater
“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

Buried Child (Profile Theatre)

There’s no place like home.


Theater
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

Lizzie (Portland Center Stage)

Took an ax, gave her mother 40 whacks.


Theater
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

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