Our Town, Stripped Down

PCS’s classic opening is surprisingly fresh.

Thornton Wilder said Our Town was his favorite work, but that it was rarely performed to his satisfaction. It should be done sincerely without being sentimental, because that’s how the majority of o   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Portland Center Stage is Giving Portland Poetry Slam a Home


Arts & Books
After years of hopping all-ages venues, Portland Poetry Slam has a new home.Last Sunday, PPS Slam Master Leyna Rynearson announced that the group will take up residency at Portland Center Stage starting Sept. 27, thanks to a Wallace Foundation Grant awarded this April that gave PCS $770,000 for programming to build its audiences.To understand Portland Poetry Slam, follow the trail of venues that closed ...   More
Thursday, September 3, 2015 by Enid Spitz

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

The People’s Republic of Portland (Portland Center Stage)

Lauren Weedman exploits Rose City quirks.

Lauren Weedman has made a small industry out of gently mocking cities she barely knows, sponsored by residents of the cities themselves. Since the debut of The People’s Republic of Portland—   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 HALEY MARTIN

White Christmas

Going home for the holidays: Portland Center Stage’s Other Desert Cities packs plenty of baggage.

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

Threesome (Portland Center Stage)

Three is the loneliest number.

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

Just Opened: Dreamgirls

A review of Portland Center Stage's season-opening musical.


Arts & Books
Mirroring the meteoric rise and personal turmoil of the Supremes, the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls is steeped in Motown rhythms, racial struggles and lots of sequins. Young Chicago trio the Dreamettes finds early success singing backup for Jimmy “Thunder” Early (played with fiery aplomb by David Jennings, he’s the show’s most interesting character). The power-hungry meddling ...   More
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Lizzie (Portland Center Stage)

Took an ax, gave her mother 40 whacks.

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

Just Opened: The Last Five Years

A review of Portland Center Stage's production of the contemporary musical.


Arts & Books
The Last Five Years begins at the end of a love story—but also at the beginning. That might sound like a sappy rom-com tagline, but don’t be mistaken: This two-character musical, presented by Portland Center Stage and directed by Nancy Keystone, features separate timelines, one going forward and the other backwards, as our couple falls in and out of love (or out of and into love).Written ...   More
Monday, May 5, 2014 KAITIE TODD


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