Performing Arts

Performance

How I Learned to Hula-Hoop from Cirque du Soleil Artists

In Portland for their production of ‘Alegría,’ the world's greatest contortionists face their toughest challenge yet.

06/29/2022 By Conner Reed

Theater

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble Is Transporting Chekhov to the Arctic

This ‘Cherry Orchard’ shifts the Russian playwright's setting to the Arctic.

06/16/2022 By Conner Reed

Dance

Northwest Dance Project's Latest Brings Little Women to Life

The contemporary dance company's summer premieres will include a Greta Gerwig-inspired ode to the Louisa May Alcott tale.

06/09/2022 By Conner Reed

Theater

How Portland Center Stage Is Refreshing Rent

The iconic rock musical is stubbornly of its time. In a new production, Portland's largest theater company hopes to locate its contemporary resonances.

05/27/2022 By Conner Reed

Theater

A New Musical Brings a Lost History to the Portland Stage

Vanport the Musical opens at Northwest Children’s Theater, sharing the lost history workers' city in World War II later was destroyed by a 1948 flood.

05/20/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

Theater Review

Profile Theatre's Appropriate Sees the Forest, the Trees, and a Whole Lot More

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' sharp, lacerating family drama shines in this Portland production.

05/11/2022 By Conner Reed

Theater Review

History Has Its Eyes on Hamilton (and It Isn't Looking Great)

In 2022, Lin-Manuel Miranda's seven-year-old smash-hit already feels creaky.

04/15/2022 By Conner Reed

History's got its eyes on you

Lottery Opens for Hamilton Tickets in Portland

The online lottery for $10 tickets to the Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway show at Keller Auditorium will open each Friday.

03/31/2022 By Fiona McCann

Performance

Portland Opera Brings The Central Park Five to Life

The 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner will run through the end of March at the Newmark Theatre.

03/18/2022 By Conner Reed

Arts News

Portland’s Arts Scene Is Undergoing a Massive Changing of the Guard

The Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and other local arts organizations have recently shuffled leadership at the highest levels.

03/17/2022 By Conner Reed Illustrations by Álvaro Bernis

Theater Review

Shaking the Tree’s Chick Fight Is a Thrilling Live Wire

The Southeast Portland company returns with a devised play that's funny, fierce, and alive.

03/17/2022 By Conner Reed

Dance

Oregon Ballet Theatre Prepares to Draw Blood with Dracula

The Ben Stevenson production, which opens February 19, is the Portland dance company's grandest undertaking since COVID hit.

02/17/2022 By Conner Reed

Performance

Heart of Stone Mines Uyghur History for Universal Truths

The in-progress movement piece takes inspiration from director/choreographer Alisher Khasanov's childhood in Kazakhstan.

02/07/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

Festivals

5 Things to Check Out at the 2022 Fertile Ground Festival

This year’s virtual performance fest will bring 38 new works to our screens. From dance films to audio dramas - here’s what we’re looking forward to.

01/27/2022 By Conner Reed

Theater

Tickets for Hamilton in Portland to Go on Sale This Week

Hamilton tickets go on sale this week! Here are details about pricing, dates, and where to buy.

12/07/2021 With Portland Monthly Arts Team

Theater

‘An Assembly’ Builds a Play with 12 Strangers and a Stack of Notecards

The final installment in 600 Highwaymen's ‘A Thousand Ways’ series forges tender bonds between total strangers.

11/18/2021 By Rebecca Jacobson

Dance

James Joyce, Dorothy Parker, and the Cranberries Walk Into a Dance Studio

The company’s fall premieres celebrate teenage nostalgia, dinner parties, and fresh faces.

11/03/2021 By Conner Reed

Theater Review

Frida ... A Self Portrait Asks Why We Look in the Mirror

Vanessa Severo’s intriguing one-woman show starts Portland Center Stage's comeback season off on a reflexive note.

11/01/2021 By Conner Reed

Theater Review

The Chinese Lady at Artists Rep Is a Mostly Compelling Tale of Squashed Hope

Artists Rep’s season opener uses a real-life story to lay bare the emptiness of American optimism.

10/26/2021 By Conner Reed

Theater

A Nightmare on Elm Street Comes to Life at Siren Theater

The Old Town comedy venue will remount its musical adaptation of Wes Craven’s classic this weekend.

10/08/2021 By Cami Hughes