Theater Review: The Lion in Winter

We’ll never be royals.


Theater
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.


Theater
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.


Theater
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.


Theater
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.


Theater
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

Sweet and Sour

CoHo Productions’ The Outgoing Tide.


Theater
CoHo Productions’ The Outgoing Tide digs into hefty stuff: Playwright Bruce Graham tackles the dilemmas faced when a family member has Alzheimer’s disease, along with moral, ethical and em   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 JENNA GILROY

The Submission (Defunkt Theatre)

A play about race tries to pull the trigger.


Theater
“It’s only a bullet if you load the gun with it,” says Danny, a playwright. He’s referring to the N-word, but he might as well be describing the shortcomings of The Submission, a play    More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Detroit (Portland Playhouse)

A suburban nightmare, writ large.


Theater
The streets in the unnamed suburb of Detroit—which is not necessarily set anywhere near the Motor City—evoke light. Ultraviolet Lane. Fluorescent Avenue. Sunshine Way. Lightness, too: Ther   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Revenants

Roll over and play undead.


Theater
Whatever the reasons for our current cultural embrace of the zombie apocalypse, live theater has largely been spared the plague. It is, after all, rather more difficult to convey the specter of    More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 JAY HORTON

Sweet and Sad (Third Rail Repertory)

How ’bout them Apples?


Theater
Between each scene in Sweet and Sad, there’s a simple sound effect: a breath. It’s a small sound—a slight inhale, a longer exhale—and easy to miss. It’s also a lovely and poignant touch,   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

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