Worst. Show. Ever.

The most painful shows in Portland theater history.


Theater
There’s something singularly awful about sitting through a bad theater production—the eye contact, the vicarious embarrassment, the creeping sense of physical pain, the certainty that you wi   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 WW Staff

Portland Fall Theater Picks


Fall Arts
Sans Merci Badass Theatre Company burst onto the scene with 2013’s Invasion!, a wondrous shapeshifter of a play that was devoured by a quartet of actors. For its second full production, it pres   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Theater Director Samantha Van Der Merwe

A theatrical worldbuilder with equal tastes for the sinister and the fanciful.


Fall Arts
In science fiction, people often speak of “worldbuilding,” about writers and filmmakers who can construct an entire universe—its appearance, its laws, its technology, its history, its custom   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Spring Fevers

On a busy weekend of theater openings, illness strikes the stage.


Theater
Normally, spring fever—the condition that turns us into restless little bunnies, with the sexual appetite to match—has nothing to do with actual disease. But that’s not a rule it seems Por   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 WW Staff

In August Company

15 teenagers take on August Wilson.


Theater
Ryan Townsley comes onto the stage swinging. The gangly 17-year-old, a junior at Clackamas High School, stomps his feet, winds up an imaginary baseball bat and sways side to side as if readying fo   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

LIVE REVIEW: Good Girls' Guide: Dominatrix for Dummies

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Arts & Books
Leave the kiddos at home—Good Girls’ Guide: Dominatrix for Dummies is not for the prudish or the faint-of-heart. Eleanor O’Brien’s solo show, which details her experiences training (well, attempting to train) to become a professional dominatrix, features semi-nudity, simulated masturbation, graphic descriptions of sordid sexual fetishes and jokes about ropes, whips and nipple clamps. ...   More
 
Thursday, March 10, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Ripe For The Picking

Harvesting Fertile Ground’s best bets.


Theater
Navigating the annual Fertile Ground festival can feel like cultivating a phenomenally overgrown garden. There are a few things you want (kale, raspberries, butterflies), but also many you don’t   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 WW Staff

Christmas Tree

Where should you get your dose of holiday theater?


Theater
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Stage Whispers

A local podcast unleashes no-holds-barred theater criticism, with a shot of scotch.


Theater
Deep in Happy Valley on a blustery Monday evening, in a room lined with posters of Katy Perry and Bruce Springsteen, James Engberg and Eric Kilgore are drinking Scotch and discussing Bertolt Bre   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Bearing Fruit

In its fifth year, Fertile Ground showcases new, local work.


Theater
It’s a big year for the annual Fertile Ground festival. The 11-day bender of locally produced new works of theater and dance turns 5 this year, and once again the lineup overwhelms. The number o   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

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