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

Portland Center Stage Announces Layoffs, Eliminates Literary Department

Portland Center Stage announced layoffs yesterday, including an unknown number of 1.5 positions in the box office, one in IT and, most notably, the entire two-person literary management department. Literary Manager Mead Hunter and his assistant, Megan Kate Ward, are both out the door. This is bad news for a company that prides itself as an incubator for new work through the annual JAW playwrights ...   More
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

2009 Drammy Awards: The Winners

Last night's 30th Anniversary Drammy Awards was, as usual, a rowdy, largely inebriated affair, though (thank heavens!) shorter than last year. Attendants at the annual ceremony recognizing "outstanding achievement in Portland theater" wore outlandish costumes, most everyone appeared to have a good time, and no one from Artists Repertory Theatre bothered to show up to collect the company's four awards. ...   More
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE


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