Clybourne Park (Portland Center Stage)

Or does it fester like a sore?


Theater
Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park—the first work to win the triple crown of the Pulitzer, Tony and Britain’s Olivier—is one of the most produced plays among regional companies. I haven’t se   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Venus in Fur (Portland Center Stage)

No one gets away until they whip it.


Theater
Fifty Shades of Grey reduced sadomasochism to handcuffs and spanking. Venus in Fur—while not devoid of dog collars and riding crops—throws into question such simple ideas of control and compli   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

I Love to Eat (Portland Center Stage)

Portland’s proto-foodie dishes up less than a satisfying meal.


Theater
Opera music booms and steam spills out from beneath the giant onstage refrigerator as I Love to Eat begins. As the song builds and steam obscures the floor, James Beard (Rob Nagle) strides out of    More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Scoop: Quartet Rises From Lucier’s (Incredibly Expensive) Ashes

Gobble down some fat, juicy gossip.


Scoop
LUCEY DEUCEY: Big news for the space that formerly housed the massive high-end restaurant Lucier, which took a spectacular belly flop on the South Waterfront in 2008. Until recently, it was so well-   More
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 WW Culture Staff

The Body of an American (Portland Center Stage)

The wars abroad and the battles within.


Theater
At the beginning of Dan O’Brien’s play, two actors introduce themselves as Paul Watson. One then speaks as Terry Gross, the familiar voice of NPR’s Fresh Air. Soon after, the other also ad   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Portland Center Stage)

Shave and a haircut…and murder!


Theater
House lights still on, a rags-clad crowd shuffles about the stage, looking forlorn and doing little. Suddenly, two actors dressed as riot police storm the stage and haul off one of the men, exit   More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues (Portland Center Stage)

Pitchin’ a wang-dang doodle, and little else.


Theater
The history of the blues is complex, meandering its way from rhythmic African chants to Southern spirituals to Chicago pop hits. In Portland Center Stage’s final production of the season, howeve   More
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Anna Karenina (Portland Center Stage)

PCS’s new adaptation is pretty but forgettable.


Theater
Tolstoy’s masterpiece Anna Karenina is a uniquely difficult novel to adapt into a play. It is a long and somewhat baggy affair that constantly swings between two contrasting main plots stitche   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline (PCS)

Scaling down the Bard of Avon.


Theater
It just wouldn’t be Shakespeare without a little sexual subterfuge. Though it’s one of his lesser-known tales, Cymbeline employs many of the playwright’s favorite plot devices—mistaken ide   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

The North Plan (Portland Center Stage)

A comedy of extraordinary rendition.


Theater
It’s a terrifying time: The president of the United States has been granted legal authority to hold anyone deemed a threat to the nation indefinitely, without trial, and even to order the assass   More
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

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