Much Ado About Nothing (Post5)

Tired Shakespeare, turned inside out.

Love him or hate him, Shakespeare had one damn good formula for a hit.  The same premise and plot barrel through practically all his comedies: Factions clash, mistaken identiti   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Twelfth Night (Portland Shakespeare Project)

Three hours of Shakespeare is no picnic, but Nause keeps it cool.

So far this summer, Portland theater has given us Richard III in a park, The Merry Wives of Windsor in a park and Macbeth in a cemetery. Post5 Theatre mixed things up by staging Much Ado About Nothi   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Thoroughly Modern Millie (Broadway Rose): Theater Review

Sexual slavery is something to sing about at Broadway Rose.

As the title suggests, Millie Dillmount is a modern woman. She left her little hometown of Salina, Kan., for life in the big city, determined to find a job—as long as that job has a wealthy, single    More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Summerfest (Coho Productions): Theater Review

Sweet relief from theater’s dog days of drought.

Your lawn isn’t the only thing this heat wave is drying up. During the summer, theater across the nation slows to a meager drizzle, and the occasional Shakespeare galas in the parks   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 ALLIE DONAHUE

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

A shark satire that’s more shallow than sharp.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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