Revisiting The Laramie Project In Oregon

"The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later" is the epilogue to "The Laramie Project" play that was based on the notorious 1998 murder in Wyoming of a gay man named Matthew Shepard. There are only 100 theaters across the world bringing the production to the stage, and Oregon State University is one of them. The new play focuses on how Shepard's murder still affects Laramie and the world today. It ...   More
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Amanda Ingram

William Hurt Returning To Artists Rep

Actor William Hurt, who is almost my third cousin (he is the grandson of Henry Luce, Jr., the founder of Time, from his second marriage; Luce's first was to my great great aunt) is returning to Portland to play the male lead in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night at Artists Repertory Theatre next August. Hurt's performed with Artists Rep twice before, in The Drawer Boy in 2004 and in ...   More
Friday, September 25, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

We're Not Gonna Remember Most of Your Names: Fame Reviewed

Fame was screened for critics after Wednesday's newspaper went to press. Since I spent the majority of my childhood in tights and spandex (for dance class, don't get any weird ideas), Screen Editor Aaron Mesh volunteered me to review it. Fame When it came time for a remake of Alan Parker's 1980 drama about kids striving at a New York performing arts high school, the crew behind the new Fame ...   More
Monday, September 28, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Curtain Raiser: Go see August: Osage County

There are many, many shows on Portland stages this weekend, but there is only one you must see: August: Osage County, the sprawling family drama by Tracy Letts that won the Tony and Pulitzer for best drama in 2008. The touring production comes straight from Broadway, with its stellar cast and three-story set intact. Much praise has been justly given to Estelle Parsons, the 81-year-old Oscar-winning ...   More
Friday, October 23, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Fertile Ground Day 1: Memory Water, Truth and Beauty and The Hillsboro Story

The first day of the Fertile Ground Festival of new play has come and gone. Here's what we saw on day one of ten: Truth and Beauty It's been a long time since Many Hats Collaboration's last full show—Lava Alapai's Mutt in 2005—and I had very high expectations for the company's latest project. Truth and Beauty is an adaptation (by Elizabeth Klinger, who also directs the show) of ...   More
Saturday, January 23, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Fertile Ground Day 2: Willow Jade

I only made it to one show on the second day of the Fertile Ground Festival (see our reviews from day one here): Hunt Holman's play Willow Jade, a social satire about a bunch of losers in a small Washington town that turns into something significantly stranger, which is getting a very short but very full production at Portland Playhouse. The play blends absurdity with despair in the best way. ...   More
Sunday, January 24, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Fertile Ground Day 3: Dirty Bomb

My last show from the first weekend of the Fertile Ground Festival was Dirty Bomb: A thoroughly perplexing world premiere, written and directed by recent New York transplant Rob Newton, in which a pair of despicable middle-aged siblings drink, scream and complain about their mother, who is rapidly falling into dementia, and the depraved young hustler who seems determined to destroy all their lives. ...   More
Monday, January 25, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Fertile Ground Day 5: Pulp Diction and How the Light Gets In

After a short break for press day, we're back with more of the Fertile Ground festival of new performance art. Pulp Diction Presents: The Rewrite Man Everyone has something to hide in this occasionally mystifying reading of a new spy thriller, written by Oregon Book Award winner Steve Patterson and delivered with a splash of neo-noir. "There's cloak and dagger, and then there's crazy," announces ...   More
Thursday, January 28, 2010 NATALIE BAKER

Curtain Raiser: Season announcements, handcuffs and more Fall of the House

Hi there! It's been a long time. Your weekly theater columnist has been slacking. But there's plenty to report, so we're back. There's good stuff on stage this weekend: The opening of Portland Center Stage's production of The 39 Steps (the massively successful, absurdist stage adaptation of the curious 1935 Hitchcock spy comedy, using four actors to play over 100 parts); The return of Action/Adventure's ...   More
Friday, February 26, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Press Release Of The Week: Mr. T's Comin' To Town—To Sing. For Cheap.

Mr. T—the Mr. T—has been cast in Portland Center Stage's upcoming production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the company announced today. He will sing. About spelling. In drag. "Not only does T bring to the project the cachet of a true musical theater genius," PCS Artistic Director is quoted as saying in the press release, "but his spelling prowess is legendary." The ...   More
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE


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