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
A theatrical worldbuilder with equal tastes for the sinister and the fanciful.
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
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
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
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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. ...
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
A local podcast unleashes no-holds-barred theater criticism, with a shot of scotch.
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
In its fifth year, Fertile Ground showcases new, local work.
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
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As I sat in the chilly warehouse space last night and waited for …ballet? to begin, I eavesdropped on the conversation next to me. Two women and one man were heatedly–though cordially–discussing their picks and pans of the Fertile Ground festival, the 10-day spree of new works of local theater and dance. Merely listening in on their conversation was exhausting. Fertile Ground’s offerings are overwhelming ...