Top Three Best Bets For Fertile Ground


Theater
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.


Performance
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


Performance
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.


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

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