Ithaka (Artists Repertory Theatre)

The Herculean task of traveling home.

When home is a destination in your mind as much as a physical space, it’s an arduous journey to overcome the obstacles that hinder your arrival. After fighting the Trojan War for 10 years, it to   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Ten Chimneys (Artists Repertory Theatre)

A throwback to theater’s golden age.

Ten Chimneys premiered in 2011. But with its old-fashioned form and frothy narrative, it might as well have been produced in the 1930s. That’s not entirely a bad thing. Jeffrey Hatcher’s comed   More
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Lost Boy (Artists Repertory Theatre)

A three-ring circus abducted of oomph.

In 2001, Oregon City teenagers Miranda Gaddis and Ashley Pond disappeared, and local playwright Susan Mach found herself confronted with billboards of the girls’ faces. Both intrigued and dist   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Scoop: ART’s New Artistic Director Named

Gossip should have no friends.

TED’S SHUTTERS (AGAIN): For the second time in precisely two years, Berbati’s venerable, once-essential live-music venue at 231 SW Ankeny St.—formerly Berbati’s Pan, recently Ted’s in honor    More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 WW Culture Staff

And So It Goes (Artists Repertory Theatre)

The love songs of Kurt Vonnegut.

Welcome to North Crawford, Conn. As narrator Tom Newton (an impeccable Tim True) assures us, this is a place where things “change just about as quickly as the rules of chess.” It’s 1962, and   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Race (Artists Rep)

David Mamet channels Dr. Dre.

Let me tell you about David Mamet: He’s 64 years old, hasn’t written anything really good since Ronin and hates women. If you’ve ever seen a Mamet play, you already knew that last bit. His fem   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

One More Round of Fertile Ground Reviews

Arts & Books
Groovin’ Greenhouse 1Fertile Ground is best known for its showcases of new theater works, but the festival also nurtures dance in development in its Groovin' Greenhouse series. This year, the innovative Polaris Dance Theater offered its Goose Hollow studio theater space to a dozen presenters over five different shows. Beat Bangerz led off the first on Jan. 21 with its mix of traditional tap rhythms ...   More
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

(I Am Still) the Duchess of Malfi (Artists Rep)

Murder at the disco-church.

Joseph Fisher’s ebulliently sordid (I Am Still) the Duchess of Malfi is less an updating of John Webster’s original Jacobean revenge drama than it is a romp in its macabre sandbox. The plot an   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Curtain Raiser: Season announcements, handcuffs and more Fall of the House

Hi there! It's been a long time. Your weekly theater columnist has been slacking. But there's plenty to report, so we're back. There's good stuff on stage this weekend: The opening of Portland Center Stage's production of The 39 Steps (the massively successful, absurdist stage adaptation of the curious 1935 Hitchcock spy comedy, using four actors to play over 100 parts); The return of Action/Adventure's ...   More
Friday, February 26, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE


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