Static (Third Rail Repertory)

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


Theater
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

The God Game (Shaking the Tree)

No G-bombs for T-Dawg.


Theater
The God Game premiered only hours after Gov. John Kitzhaber’s resignation announcement. Shaking the Tree Theatre could hardly have planned it, but it was an uncanny moment to examine the role    More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Profile Theatre)

Put a ring on it.


Theater
Profile Theatre’s production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone begins with a familiar scene: two strangers sitting separately at a cafe, and neither will turn off their damn cellphone. Our protagonis   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Threesome (Portland Center Stage)

Three is the loneliest number.


Theater
It only takes about 10 minutes for the first penis to appear. But that’s hardly the most shocking moment in Threesome, a richly scripted world-premiere production by Seattle playwright Yussef    More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Perchance to Dream

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s Enter the Night is beautiful, surreal and surprisingly funny.


Theater
In Enter the Night, playwright Maria Irene Fornes takes on big issues. One character mourns the loss of his lover to AIDS. Another visits a doctor for her worsening heart palpitations. The third   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

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