BOOKS

2012's Best Books

Local lit we gave our stamp of approval to this year.

12/20/2012 By Portland Monthly Staff

THEATER

Review: Portland Playhouse's King Hedley II

Mighty, searing performances burn straight through to the soul. Thru Dec. 30.

12/10/2012 By Aaron Scott

THEATER

Review: PCS's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Portland Center Stage puts Disney ears on Shakespeare's famous comedy. Thru December 23.

11/20/2012 By Aaron Scott

Visual Arts

Review: Lumber Room's Terrain Shift

Collector Sarah Meigs curates her first exhibition—photography spanning the globe—with a freedom and reach unmatched elsewhere in town. Thru Feb. 2

11/12/2012 By Randy Gragg

doily wearing muffin tops

Review: Portland Playhouse's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Extended thru November 25. The ferociously witty emo rock musical about the seventh president swings with the unbridled energy of a Western carnival ride operated by Monty Python.

11/10/2012 By Aaron Scott

the staring game

Review: Defunkt Theatre's The Homecoming

Defunkt plays up the humor of Pinter's dark masterpiece, but overplays the drama. Thru Nov. 17.

10/31/2012 By Aaron Scott

Dr. Record & Mr. Live

Preview: Weinland Plays Record-Release Shows This Weekend

With their new album, the Portland folk-rock mainstays successfully capture their livelier live sound. Hear it at Mississippi Studios Friday and Saturday.

10/24/2012 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg

Article

Review: Portland Center Stage's Body of an American

With a masterly script and commanding performances, Portland Center Stage's latest, world-premiere production brilliantly casts a light into humanity's shadowy psychic spaces.

10/15/2012 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg

moving in the right direction

Review: Gossip Changes Lives with its Live Show

The local band-made-big returned home for an infectious show that ended in profound transformation. Banging new local standout Magic Mouth opened.

10/11/2012 By Aaron Scott

Article

10th Annual FOUND Magazine Tour Hits PDX

Brothers Davy & Peter Rothbart bring voyeuristic snippets from other people's lives from the page to the stage tonight at Powell's and tomorrow at Holocene.

10/08/2012 Edited by Aaron Scott By Meaghan Morawski

Article

Review: Third Rail's That Hopey Changey Thing

Third Rail Repertory sets us a place at the Apple family table in this astute, humorous, but not always hardy telling of the political drama. Plays thru October 28.

10/07/2012 By Aaron Scott

Article

Review: NW Dance Project

The local world–class dance company tackles three ambitious world premieres, and award-winner Franco Nieto shines. Playing through Saturday at Lincoln Hall.

10/05/2012 By Aaron Scott

feed me, seymour!

Review: Little Shop of Horrors

Broadway Rose's production of the musical hits all the right notes: gallows-humorous, deliciously campy, and plenty of late-'50s R&B tunes.

09/28/2012 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg

impeccably shaved

Review: PCS's Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Portland Center Stage's production of Sondheim's macabre masterpiece is a delicious feast both grisly and divine. Playing through Oct 21.

09/25/2012 By Aaron Scott

political theater at its best

TBA Day 7: Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol Double Review

The Mexican theater collective tackles ambitious political topics with their two shows. Final performance tonight at 6:30.

09/12/2012 By Aaron Scott

if a war falls on the forest..

Review: Shaking the Tree's Far Away by Caryl Churchill

A biting political dystopia imagines a world where everything is at war, and 'us' versus 'them' has taken on absurd new heights.

09/04/2012 By Aaron Scott

Book Review

Dora: A Headcase By Lidia Yuknavitch

Oregon author Lidia Yuknavitch utilizes "the scary teenage girl" as a razor-edged scalpel for dissecting what it means to be categorized, typed, and diagnosed.

08/23/2012 By Roxanne Myslewski

separating the men from the boys

Review: 4 Men Only

At Conduit Dance Studio March 2–3

07/24/2012 By Aaron Scott

review

TBA 2011: Rachid Ouramdane

Considering our differences

07/24/2012 By Claudia La Rocco

dance

Dance Discussion: In Site Part I

Jeans, waves, wind…and a bright red stumbling-block. A viewer’s impressions, and the artist’s response.

07/24/2012 By Anne Adams