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

Gobble down some fat, juicy gossip.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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

Scoop: Gossip we expect to report in 2012…


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FOOD FOR FOUGHT: The Oregonian continues to troll for foodie outrage with A&E cover stories such as “The Top 10 Previously Frozen Corn Dogs in the Portland Area,” and “The Culinary Delight   More
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 WW Culture Staff

Oklahoma! (Portland Center Stage)

Yeeow! Ayipioeeay!


Theater
What kind of protagonist goes around suggesting people commit suicide? What kind of love story ends in a murder trial? For a regular fixture of high-school stages, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first    More
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

The Real Americans (Portland Center Stage)

Conversations over pie with yuppies and yokels.


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Fed up with yuppie brunch and his life in the liberal bubble in general, San Francisco native Dan Hoyle decided he needed to explore the oft-lauded “real America” of the 2008 presidential campa   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 PENELOPE BASS

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