far reach of the blues

Review: ‘It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues’

And the blues ain’t never been so good. Thru June 24

05/29/2012 By Aaron Scott

aristocratic woman on the verge

Review: Portland Center Stage’s Anna Karenina

Portland Center Stage’s brisk, lush production captures the spirit of the book but, thankfully, not the length. Playing through May 6

04/19/2012 By Aaron Scott

Shakespeare through new eyes

Review: Shakespeare’s R&J

A gripping adaptation that makes Romeo and Juliet fresh again. Through March 18

03/10/2012 By Aaron Scott

painting the town...

Review: Red

Portland Center Stage’s bold but monochromatic production runs through March 18

03/08/2012 By Aaron Scott

striking the proper chord

Review: Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline

Portland Center Stage’s masterful re-telling hits the plays emotional pressure points, even though the new piano-playing narrator occasionally strikes ...

02/27/2012 By Martin Patail

food fight

Review: Famished

A "theatrical documentary" about what we crave and the troubles we get into stuffing our mouths feeds both the belly laughs and the indigestion. Th...

01/23/2012 By Aaron Scott

red-alert state

Review: The North Plan

Portland Center Stage’s uproarious new comedy speculates on how a national crisis might redraw party lines.

01/23/2012 By Anne Adams

If Quentin Tarantino remade the classic Jacobean tragedy...

Review: (I Am Still) the Duchess of Malfi

At Artists Repertory Theatre through Feb. 12

01/14/2012 By Aaron Scott

oh, snap.

Fertile Ground One-Liners

Next week, Fertile Ground Festival will present more than 60 performance works. We asked playwrights, "What’s your favorite line?" and they h...

01/12/2012 By Anne Adams

play it cool

Review: West Side Story

01/05/2012 By Anne Adams

Culturephile

Avant Bard

A new piano-pounding narrator gives Shakespeare's _Cymbeline_ a jazzy jolt.

12/23/2011 By Martin Patail

YOUNG AT ART

6 Magical Children’s Plays

12/22/2011

deep freeze

Review: Angels in America

Portland Playhouse’s long winter epic proves bone-chillingly, exquisitely beautiful.

12/21/2011 By Anne Adams

elf actualized

Review: The Santaland Diaries

12/06/2011 By Anne Adams

sleuthful indiscretion

Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol

Artists Rep replaces Scrooge with Sherlock. But are they forcing a fit?

11/22/2011 By Anne Adams

brass belles

Glengarry with Gals?

David Mamet’s Glengarry, Glen Ross has been restaged to include women. Do they sell it?

11/10/2011 By Anne Adams

theater review

Oklahoma! Closing Thoughts

A look back on the discussion that the all-black production inspired, and an apt comparison to another current production: Gem of the Ocean.

11/04/2011 By Anne Adams

from the heartland

The Real Americans

Dan Hoyle has a benevolent take on his conflicted countrymen.

10/26/2011 By Rebecca Waits

toxic turkey

Review: The Pain and the Itch

Third Rail Repertory’s Thanksgiving play challenges lip-service liberals to become better listeners.

10/24/2011 By Anne Adams

rights of passage

Review: Gem of the Ocean

10/19/2011 By Anne Adams