Every summer, Lakewood Theatre stages a special extra production as its season opener and as a gift to its season ticket holders. This year’s show is the Portland area premiere of a Broadway heavy-hitter, Nine. Based on Frederico Fellini’s surreal, semi-autobiographical film 8 1/2, Nine is the brainchild of composer/lyricist Maury Yeston, who saw 8 1/2 as a teenager and […]

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There is no peace in Portland for Anton Chekhov. Last year, his play The Seagull was spoofed to great effect in Portland Center Stage’s production of  Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and this year we have Stupid F#*@ing Bird, also at PCS. SFB is “sort of adapted” from The Seagull, according to playwright […]

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Charles Dickens is rolling in his grave. Portland Center Stage’s most recent production, The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens, completely disrespects the poor old guy and everything he stood for in this goofy rendition of that holiday classic A Christmas Carol. Co-written by former Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort, Twist Your Dickens […]

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If you’re like me, wondering whether you should attend Portland Center Stage’s most recent production, the Laura Eason play Sex with Strangers, you can relax. The play is much tamer than many with less suggestive titles. It’s the psychological blood and guts of having a relationship that makes this work so interesting. Sex with Strangers, it turns out, is […]

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He’s young, he’s handsome, he wears weird pants, and he’s constitutionally incapable of telling the truth, even when it would be easier. Meet Dorante (Chris Murray) in Artists Repertory Theatre’s laugh-out-loud funny production of The Liar.  Committed to spinning yarns as he goes, Dorante justifies himself by saying, “My wits will weave what memory can’t supply.” As the […]

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It’s hard to beat a good coming of age story–particularly one involving a recently orphaned boy, a crazy auntie, bathtub gin, and most of the rhinestones in Portland. Lakewood Theatre in Lake Oswego brings it all to the stage in its charming and energetic production of the popular musical Mame! (Book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert […]

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The People’s Republic of Portland, which opened at Portland Center Stage’s Ellyn Bye Studio March 27 and runs through April 19, gives new dimension to the one-woman show, not to mention Portland. Directed by Rose Riordan, this part scripted, part stand-up comedy is 90 minutes of pure craziness, amped up music, nearly impossible gyrations, and many small truths. It also taught […]

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Greed, as we all know, is one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Greed toppled the stock market in 1929, and it brought our country to its knees again in 2008. Thus a play about greed, one thinks, should be timely? Maybe, and then again, maybe not. Lakewood Theatre Company’s latest offering, Three Men on a Horse, is […]

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