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
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
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
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
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
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. ...
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