In August Company

15 teenagers take on August Wilson.

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   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

LIVE REVIEW: Good Girls' Guide: Dominatrix for Dummies


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. ...   More
Thursday, March 10, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Ripe For The Picking

Harvesting Fertile Ground’s best bets.

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   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 WW Staff

Christmas Tree

Where should you get your dose of holiday theater?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Stage Whispers

A local podcast unleashes no-holds-barred theater criticism, with a shot of scotch.

Deep in Happy Valley on a blustery Monday evening, in a room lined with posters of Katy Perry and Bruce Springsteen, James Engberg and Eric Kilgore are drinking Scotch and discussing Bertolt Bre   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Bearing Fruit

In its fifth year, Fertile Ground showcases new, local work.

It’s a big year for the annual Fertile Ground festival. The 11-day bender of locally produced new works of theater and dance turns 5 this year, and once again the lineup overwhelms. The number o   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

One Week In, Quick Takes on Fertile Ground


Arts & Books
As I sat in the chilly warehouse space last night and waited for …ballet? to begin, I eavesdropped on the conversation next to me. Two women and one man were heatedly–though cordially–discussing their picks and pans of the Fertile Ground festival, the 10-day spree of new works of local theater and dance. Merely listening in on their conversation was exhausting. Fertile Ground’s offerings are overwhelming ...   More
Thursday, January 27, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Portland Center Stage Announces Layoffs, Eliminates Literary Department

Portland Center Stage announced layoffs yesterday, including an unknown number of 1.5 positions in the box office, one in IT and, most notably, the entire two-person literary management department. Literary Manager Mead Hunter and his assistant, Megan Kate Ward, are both out the door. This is bad news for a company that prides itself as an incubator for new work through the annual JAW playwrights ...   More
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Live Review: Glorious

"I was blessed with the gift of excessive volume," declares soprano wannabe Florence Foster Jenkins. The portly New York City classical music warbler was also cursed with the gift of, shall we say, unintentional microtonality, as well as a breezy indifference to rhythm, timbre, pitch and other nuances of singing. Yet she somehow managed to maintain a thirty year recital career performing—or ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Once More Into the Fray: The Telling Project Returns

The Telling Project, a organized by fiction writer Jonathan Wei, asked veterans and their families to tell their stories in over 80 hours of interviews. Those stories provided the basis of Telling, a stage play performed by eight of those same veterans. Originally conducted and performed in Eugene, the Project produced a Portland version in May, which I did not see. I did hear very positive things ...   More
Thursday, June 4, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE


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