The Sister Trap

With Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble makes ennui feel alive.


Theater
Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble has never played by anyone else’s rules. In the group’s first production, 2013’s stark and disquieting adaptation of Richard III, actors slid tables    More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Just Opened: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

A review of Broadway Rose's production of the 1978 musical.

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Arts & Books
In the early 1900s, the Chicken Ranch opened its doors in small-town Texas. Except this wasn’t a ranch at all. Instead of hens, this ranch sold blowjobs. Instead of farmers, there were scantily clad women and scads of men who came and went. This was a successful hotel-turned-brothel, and it remained in operation until 1973, when it shuttered forever. The battle over that brothel is ...   More
 
Monday, August 4, 2014 KATHERINE MARRONE

The Pirates of Penzance

Batten down the hatches.


Theater
You can’t blame Bill Rauch for wanting to spice up The Pirates of Penzance. The 1879 Gilbert & Sullivan operetta is a frothy affair with plenty of rascally swashbucklers and dewy-cheeked mai   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Private Lives (Bag & Baggage Productions)

Throwing pillows, maybe chopping off heads.


Theater
For those who missed out on spring vacation, Private Lives is a delightful escape. The comedy of manners, written in 1930 by the legendary Noël Coward, is an absurd tale told through the peephole   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

Learn to Be Latina (Milagro Theatre)

Is being the wrong kind of brown keeping you down?


Theater
Learn to Be Latina has a little something for everyone. A Missy Elliott dance routine featuring a backflip that transitions into twerking. A muff-eating puppet. AIDS jokes. The Macarena. A tende   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Just Opened: The Last Five Years

A review of Portland Center Stage's production of the contemporary musical.

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Arts & Books
The Last Five Years begins at the end of a love story—but also at the beginning. That might sound like a sappy rom-com tagline, but don’t be mistaken: This two-character musical, presented by Portland Center Stage and directed by Nancy Keystone, features separate timelines, one going forward and the other backwards, as our couple falls in and out of love (or out of and into love).Written ...   More
 
Monday, May 5, 2014 KAITIE TODD

pool (no water) (Theatre Vertigo)

No lifeguard on duty.


Theater
Say a man dies of AIDS. Now say a friend collects his blood and bandages and condoms and catheters and makes them into art. Has this artist crossed the line between creation and exploitation? At   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Sidekicks

Holding out for a hero.


Theater
Like the Justice League meets The Office, Sidekicks imagines the everyday drudgery of being a superhero—and the particular travails of playing second fiddle to the big shots. Set in a land calle   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Midsummer (Third Rail Repertory)

Love, Elmo and Japanese rope bondage, set to song.


Theater
Spring is often referred to as the season of love. But for Bob and Helena, two unlikely lovers on the streets of Edinburgh, the solstice is when the magic happens. Midsummer is modestly subtitle   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

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