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

Just Opened: Hamlet

A review of Post5 Theatre's production of Shakespeare's tragedy.

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Arts & Books
From the opening moments of Post5 Theatre’s abridged Hamlet, it’s evident this isn’t the version you saw in high school. King Claudius and Queen Gertrude resemble the picture-perfect parents from a ’50s sitcom, servants snap photos with smartphones, the guards carry guns, and Ty Boice as Hamlet swaggers into the room wearing sunglasses and a fancy suit, every bit as bitter and melancholy ...   More
 
Monday, March 31, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Next Fall

Better believe it.


Theater
As Next Fall begins, the cast stands on the edge of the dimly lit stage. Suddenly, the discordant sounds of a car crash ring out, and James Sharinghousen reels backward, arms flailing. We learn    More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

Independent Women (Social Sciences)

Girl, I didn’t know you could get down like that.


Theater
My all-time favorite Onion story is one from 2012 headlined “Female Friends Spend Raucous Night Validating the Living Shit Out of Each Other.” I thought back to that article during Independent   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom

Boom and blossom.


Theater
From the beginning, Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom is a romance, a politically driven tale and a riveting comedy. Take the play’s prologue: The narrator, a vivacious author of gay Marxist porn na   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

A Night in November (Corrib Theatre)

Stand up for the boys in green.


Theater
Irish playwright Marie Jones frames A Night in November with two soccer matches. The first is in Belfast in 1993, a World Cup qualifier between the two Irelands—the Republic and its northern,    More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

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