Somewhere In Time (Portland Center Stage)

Let’s do the time warp again.


Performance
Between writer’s block and a brain tumor, Richard Collier’s head is in bad shape. He has fled to a hotel in Michigan, where he stumbles on a portrait of a breathtaking starlet from some 60 y   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

A Bright New Boise (Third Rail Repertory)

The end times at the strip mall.


Performance
If Tolstoy was right—that in all great literature, a man either goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town—there’s hardly a clearer example of the latter than A Bright New Boise. Samuel   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Ithaka (Artists Repertory Theatre)

The Herculean task of traveling home.


Performance
When home is a destination in your mind as much as a physical space, it’s an arduous journey to overcome the obstacles that hinder your arrival. After fighting the Trojan War for 10 years, it to   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Beaux Arts Club (Imago Theatre)

Art imitates life imitating art.


Performance
Beaux Arts Club opens with a strange sort of duet. Actress Anne Sorce, clad in a mod minidress and a fluffy brown wig, shimmies and swivels around an unnamed man who’s been gagged and handcuff   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

My Children! My Africa! (Profile Theatre)

Starts with sugar, ends with meat.


Performance
For the first 45 minutes of Profile Theatre’s My Children! My Africa!, you may think a latter-day Mr. Chips has single-handedly defeated the entire edifice of 1980s-era South African apartheid w   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The People’s Republic of Portland (Portland Center Stage)

Maybe she should have put a bird on it.


Performance
It would be easy to carp about Lauren Weedman’s mispronunciation and misnaming of this newspaper (on opening night, she referred to it as “Will-uh-met Weekly”). But that would be too simpl   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Aliens (Third Rail Repertory)

They’re only human.


Performance
Since her first play stunned New York audiences four years ago, Annie Baker, 31, has gone from obscurity to acclaim. In that time, critics have scraped away at her plays, trying to unearth what ma   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Clybourne Park (Portland Center Stage)

Or does it fester like a sore?


Performance
Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park—the first work to win the triple crown of the Pulitzer, Tony and Britain’s Olivier—is one of the most produced plays among regional companies. I haven’t se   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

St. Nicholas (Corrib Theatre)

That’s some bloody good craic.


Performance
Deep into Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas, our devilish, graying narrator is engulfed by the irresistible spell of otherworldly figures, swept into their London mansion of dark wood paneling an   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 ENID SPITZ

The Possessions of La Boîte (The Reformers)

My baby, she wrote me a letter.


Performance
In the program notes for The Possessions of La Boîte, director Charmian Creagle says the show “is an homage to an art form—the letter—and the power it possesses.” It’s an assertion that   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

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