Top 5 Fall Theater Picks

Fall Arts
Passion Play Sarah Ruhl’s celebrated Passion Play shows three disparate communities staging the death and resurrection of Christ. Part I is set in 1575 in northern England, right be   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 WW Culture Staff

Netflix, Live?

Third Rail Repertory Theatre is launching a new membership model.

After nearly a decade spent hopping around Portland’s theaters to stage its famously varied programming, Third Rail Repertory Theatre has finally settled down. With a new, permanent residence at Ima   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 JAY HORTON

Wicked (Broadway in Portland)

In a tired show, look to the front row.

Arguably, the best thing that happened on opening night of the touring Broadway production of Wicked wasn’t onstage, but in front of the first row, stage right. That’s where two    More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Top Three Best Bets For Fertile Ground

ID[ea] Back in August, participants in Third Rail’s mentorship program were given 36 hours to make a piece of theater. What emerged is a play about how we create, transform and strip apart our    More
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

Spring Awakening

Performance picks for spring 2015.

THEATER The Snowstorm As part of Fertile Ground—an 11-day spree of locally produced new works—pianist Eric Nordin and choreographer Jessica Wallenfels collaborate on an original piece of d   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, KAITIE TODD

Best of the Stage

Death, sex and money featured prominently on Portland stages in 2014. So did punk rock, kitty litter and confetti. The year’s top theater and dance shows embraced raw emotion—several gave    More
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Worst. Show. Ever.

The most painful shows in Portland theater history.

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.

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


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