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

Shave and a haircut…and murder!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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!

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.

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

Deep in the Heart of ’Merica

Conversations across a divided country with Dan Hoyle

dan hoyle the real americans

Arts & Books
Dan Hoyle says his epiphany came the day the journalist and playwright found himself sitting in a little garage cafe in San Francisco being offered sensitively prepared food crafted from morally conscious ingredients to help benefit the children of the Taliban, or "something to that effect." “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what is America coming to?" recalls Hoyle. "I need to find the real America. ...   More
Friday, September 9, 2011 PENELOPE BASS

Portland Center Stage Announces Departure Of Executive Director

Arts & Books
Portland Center Stage has just announced that the company's executive director, Greg Phillips (pictured above with writer Marc Acito in 2008), is leaving the company. Phillips, who joined PCS in 2007, a year after the opening of the theater at the Armory, will pursue unspecified "other opportunities" in arts administration. Prior to moving to Sauvie Island, Phillips worked with several arts presenting ...   More
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE


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