The Other Place (Portland Playhouse)

Playhouse plays mind games

Portland Playhouse is a seemingly abandoned church with a labyrinthine interior. It’s therefore a perfect home for the company’s latest production, The Other Place, Sharr White’s 2011 pl   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 JAY HORTON

White Christmas

Going home for the holidays: Portland Center Stage’s Other Desert Cities packs plenty of baggage.

If you miss the turnoff for Palm Springs, big green signs on Interstate 10 announce the approach of “other desert cities.” Director Timothy Bond and Portland Center Stage have a more precise   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Ruthless! The Musical

A song-studded romp detailing one adorable girl’s murder of another for the lead role in a school play, Ruthless! The Musical explores the sinister glint behind every child star’s manufactured   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 JAY HORTON

The Night Alive (Third Rail)

Looking for laughs in all the dark places.

“Sad and poor Irish people sitting in a room” is practically a theatrical genre unto itself these days. The Night Alive, a play by famed Irish playwright Conor McPherson, hardly reinvents it.    More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

The God Game (Shaking the Tree)

No G-bombs for T-Dawg.

The God Game premiered only hours after Gov. John Kitzhaber’s resignation announcement. Shaking the Tree Theatre could hardly have planned it, but it was an uncanny moment to examine the role    More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Profile Theatre)

Put a ring on it.

Profile Theatre’s production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone begins with a familiar scene: two strangers sitting separately at a cafe, and neither will turn off their damn cellphone. Our protagonis   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Threesome (Portland Center Stage)

Three is the loneliest number.

It only takes about 10 minutes for the first penis to appear. But that’s hardly the most shocking moment in Threesome, a richly scripted world-premiere production by Seattle playwright Yussef    More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Perchance to Dream

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s Enter the Night is beautiful, surreal and surprisingly funny.

In Enter the Night, playwright Maria Irene Fornes takes on big issues. One character mourns the loss of his lover to AIDS. Another visits a doctor for her worsening heart palpitations. The third   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Portland Center Stage)

A chunky Chekhov smoothie, spiked with voodoo curses and Snow White.

Christopher Durang has likened his latest play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, to Chekhov put through a comic blender. It’s a comparison that puts me in mind of those Will It Blend? videos   More
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

Santa (Liminal Performance Group)

It’s a not-so-wonderful life.

Santa Claus is in rough shape. His suit is smudged with soot. He rings his bell like the world’s most depressed Salvation Army volunteer. Trudging onstage into a stark shaft of light, he wails   More
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON


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