Theater Review: Schizo (Katie Watkins)

Her brother’s diagnosis was a taboo topic. Now it’s center stage.

On an otherwise sparse stage in a large, empty room, Katie Watkins sits on the ground, surrounded by a semicircle of more than two dozen lamps. The lights flicker on and off as the distant roar of a h   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Macbeth (Portland Actors Ensemble): Theater Review

Don’t risk your lily-whites for this Scottish play.

Portland’s outdoor theater has shriveled in the sun. It’s a good thing you can strip and cycle with thousands of naked Portlanders, or gorge on Potato Champion’s poutine while    More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 ALLIE DONAHUE

The Comedy of Errors (Post5 Theatre)

Ty Boice’s twinning update makes Shakespeare hip.

The Comedy of Errors is one of the Bard’s lighter farces, often ignored, and it’s all a rip-off. Shakespeare modernized Roman playwright Plautus’ comedy Menaechmi and directly borrowed m   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 EDWARD MORRIS

The School For Lies: Theater Review

The Shoebox Theater is almost too intimate—audiences at the aptly named space have to parade across stage to exit. It’s a fitting squeeze for Theatre Vertigo’s The School for Lies, where t   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Br’er Rose (Speculative Drama)

Southern charms with a Grimm twist.

Local director Megan Skye Hale’s Br’er Rose is a formidable re-creation of the earliest versions of Sleeping Beauty. The story, a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, remains intact. Hale   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

The Six Gentlepersons of Verona

Puppy love.

Bag & Baggage’s The Six Gentlepersons of Verona swaps cock for feminine wit in this musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s weakest play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. B&B is known for unus   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 KATHRYN PEIFER

Just Opened: The Maid's Tragedy

A review of Northwest Classical's production of Beaumont and Fletcher's 1619 revenge play.


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Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher’s rarely staged 1619 revenge play The Maid’s Tragedy, like Jacobean tragedy more generally, anticipates film noir in both its fixation on female sexuality and its resolutely bleak atmosphere. Hapless hero Amintor (Steve Vanderzee) faces a situation as simple and ferocious as a bear trap: He discovers on his wedding night that his new marriage is a sham, cooked ...   More
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 JOHN BEER

Just Opened: The Mystery of Irma Vep

A review of Third Rail's production of Charles Ludlam's cross-dressing romp.


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Third Rail’s The Mystery of Irma Vep leaves little doubt about one thing: Co-stars Isaac Lamb and Leif Norby have got chops. Charles Ludlam’s 1984 cross-dressing romp—two actors, seven characters, countless costume changes—requires its performers to juggle wildly divergent accents and attitudes across a nonsensical storyline that draws from Hitchcock’s Rebecca, Wuthering Heights, ...   More
Monday, December 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Just Opened: A Miracle on 43rd Street

A review of Bag & Baggage's holiday spoof.


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In the green- and red-tinted pantheon of Christmas classics, Miracle on 34th Street is perhaps one of the more poignant and touching tales. Which, of course, makes it perfect fodder for a spoof, and Scott Palmer, artistic director of Hillsboro's Bag & Baggage Productions, is not one to let the opportunity for parody pass him by. Hence A Miracle on 43rd Street: A Holiday Radio Massacre, the second ...   More
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Just Opened: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

A review of Triangle Productions' egg-obsessed comedy.

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Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer doesn’t matter much to the main characters in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, as long as there are eggs, and plenty of them. Set in 1956 in an unnamed town, the comedy—written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood and presented by Triangle Productions—centers on the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. As the play begins, ...   More
Monday, December 1, 2014 KAITIE TODD


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