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

Maybe she should have put a bird on it.


Theater
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.


Theater
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?


Theater
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.


Theater
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.


Theater
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

Arabian Nights (Post Five Theatre)

A whole new world, replete with fart jokes.


Theater
Before Arabian Nights begins, Post Five’s performers move about the theater. Clad in harem pants and embroidered vests, they squeeze into black vinyl pews, wrapping an arm around an audience m   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Three Days of Rain (Defunkt Theatre)

Their father’s hell did slowly go by.


Theater
The architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was famous for the aphorism “Less is more.” Though his design was guided by an abstract philosophy, his steel-and-glass buildings were outwardly simple a   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Velvet Sky (Theatre Vertigo)

Sweet dreams ain’t made of these.


Theater
Bethany Palmer hasn’t slept in 13 years, not since her son Andrew was born. Fearing a ghoulish Sandman she believes is out to steal Andrew’s eyes, she stays up all night nervously knitting s   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Venus in Fur (Portland Center Stage)

No one gets away until they whip it.


Theater
Fifty Shades of Grey reduced sadomasochism to handcuffs and spanking. Venus in Fur—while not devoid of dog collars and riding crops—throws into question such simple ideas of control and compli   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Huntsmen (Portland Playhouse)

A doo-wop revue, with a side of murder.


Theater
Devon, the central character in The Huntsmen, is an awkward and fidgety teen, the vice president of his high school’s glee club and the child of divorced parents—his father is a lawyer and h   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

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