Review in Review

Communion Bakehouse Is Our April Review. Now, It’s a Completely Different Place.

PoMo food critic Karen Brooks hunts down the subjects of the last review penned before the pandemic changed everything. Its survival now rests on “mystery pastry boxes” to-go.

04/02/2020 By Karen Brooks

The Comeback Kids

After a Lifetime of Near-Hits, Communion Bakehouse Finds a Promising Home in Sellwood

The best thing about Communion Bakehouse? Its realness.

04/02/2020 By Karen Brooks

PIFF Review

The Climb Is a Formally Audacious Buddy Comedy with a Glaring Gender Problem

Michael Angelo Covino's first feature is impressive, funny, and troubling.

03/09/2020 By Conner Reed

Review

Indecent Is a Moving Celebration with Some Very Pretty Pictures

The Profile/Artists Rep coproduction is a flawed but effective meditation on collective grief.

03/02/2020 By Conner Reed

Review

Beckett Women Is a Mesmerizing Scream

The latest from the Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble is a twisty, agitated wonder.

01/14/2020 By Conner Reed

Review

Defunkt's Smokefall Beguiles, Befuddles, and Lingers

The Portland premiere of Noah Haidle's hallucinatory, imperfect show is a stimulating if uneven watch.

10/21/2019 By Conner Reed

Review

The View from Fuse Theatre Ensemble's Bridge is Bright, Indeed

Fuse's production of A View from the Bridge, staged in a warehouse north of Slabtown, will run for one more weekend.

10/18/2019 By Conner Reed

Album Review

Blind Pilot’s And Then Like Lions and the Nature of Grief

On their third album, the local band digs deep into an often beautiful exploration of loss.

10/26/2016 By Rachel Ritchie

REVIEW

B&T Oyster Bar Is a Sinking Ship

The one-year-old eatery from Roe’s Trent Pierce flounders with mayonnaise-pumped bites and flimsy Asian fusion.

02/22/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

BODY TALK

Go Away, Sex Wipes

Another completely unnecessary product pressures us to be clean down there—immediately after getting down and dirty.

02/11/2016 By Margaret Seiler

COOKBOOK REVIEW

Inside Ruth Reichl’s Post-Gourmet Blues Cookbook

With a fine new book in tow, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, the once and forever food critic, Gourmet editor, and arbiter of good taste is coming to Portland. Here’s what you need to know.

10/07/2015 By Karen Brooks

BEST IN SHOW

The Seven Best Moments From Fade to Light

Fade to Light brought fashion and antics to the runway, but what left a lasting impression?

08/31/2015 By Eden Dawn

ALBUM REVIEW

Album Review: C’est Magnifique, Ratatat

The New York duo unleash an earthquake of electropop with their first new album in five years.

07/23/2015 By Ramona DeNies

THEATER REVIEW

What If The Simpsons Became Our Post-Apocalyptic Mythology?

Portland Playhouse takes on stories and The Simpsons in a daring, "post-electric" drama.

05/21/2015 By Fiona McCann

THEATER REVIEW

'The Lion' Roars Onto Portland Center Stage

Ben Scheuer plucks at the heartstrings in his Portland Center Stage one-man musical.

05/12/2015 By Fiona McCann

THEATER

Cyrano on Stage: What Nose Around Comes Around

Oregon-born playwright Aaron Posner brings his adaptation of Cyrano to Portland, with poetry, passion and panache.

04/14/2015 By Mary Stutzman

MUSIC REVIEW

Kings of the Keller: The Decemberists Bring it Home

Back from an international tour, Portland’s resident rockers return home for a sold-out, kick-ass performance.

03/23/2015 By Cervante Pope

THEATER REVIEW

With Timmy Failure, the Oregon Children's Theatre Outsmarts Itself

A bestselling children’s book gets a world premiere stage adaptation from the Oregon Children’s Theatre. We like it—and that's maybe a problem.

03/09/2015 By Ramona DeNies

THEATER REVIEW

Review: Triangle's Dr. Ruth Gets Some, But Not Much

Despite Wendy Westerwelle’s star turn as the famously frank TV host, this one-woman show proves that even sex needs a good script.

02/09/2015 By Nathan Tucker