Jitney

Calling all cabbies.


Performance
If you can, find a moment during Jitney to listen to its rhythms rather than its words, its pulse rather than its plot. August Wilson’s plays are so often described as musical that it’s almo   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The End of Sex (Theatre Vertigo)

More onstage orgasms than at Rocky Horror


Performance
The tagline is irresistible: “sex without sex.” That’s what this new drug promises, the ability to slather your elbows or knuckles or ears with a wonder cream that temporarily remaps sexua   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Chinglish

Slip Down And Fall Carefully


Performance
A snappy comedy of linguistic and cultural confusion, David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish is ready-made for anyone who’s ever traveled abroad and puzzled at signs reading “Fuck the Certain Price o   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Mousetrap

Murder, she wrote.


Performance
Thrust eight strangers into an old mansion during a snowstorm and at least one is sure to wind up dead. We all know the setup and the question that inevitably follows: whodunit? But the predicta   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Curtain Call

The best theater and dance of 2013.


Performance
Theater and dance don’t obey the calendar year: Companies usually run their seasons September to May and then take the summer off (lucky bastards). But all the other critics get to spend Decem   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 WW Staff

Theater Review: The Lion in Winter

We’ll never be royals.


Performance
Northwest Classical Theatre’s production of The Lion in Winter might as well be called Game of Thrones: Christmas Edition. Director Elizabeth Huffman has given James Goldman’s play modern scen   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 KAITIE TODD

The Lover (Imago Theatre)

Strange affairs of the heart and mind.


Performance
As Sarah wiggles her way beneath the covers, Richard sits stiffly atop the sheets. Smoking jacket knotted at the waist, he’s propped up his feet—still clad in their Oxfords—on the bed. “   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Song of the Dodo (PETE)

A bird’s-eye view of tragedy.


Performance
Earlier this year, I predicted that Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s Song of the Dodo would be unlike anything else on a Portland stage this fall. It was an easy wager. From the walls    More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Foxfinder (Artists Repertory Theatre)

The post-apocalyptic craze hits the stage.


Performance
From the beginning of Foxfinder, it’s clear we’ve entered an off-kilter world. Even the set is askew: The stage slopes in different directions, and a door frame slants sharply to one side. T   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Theatre Vertigo)

Chief of sinners, chief of sufferers.


Performance
We all do bad things. Whether that’s pirating your neighbor’s wireless signal or pouring acid onto a prostitute’s face just depends on your level of commitment. So for all its social com   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

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