Review: Danish Moderne Paranoia — “Hamlet” at Post Five Theatre

Review: Danish Moderne Paranoia — “Hamlet” at Post Five Theatre 0

May we all learn from the lesson, before it is too late, of letting our pursuit of power for power’s sake corrupt us from within while forces from without wait, vulture like, to divide the spoils of the corpse of the state. This crackling and well-performed production at Post Five serves as just such a cautionary tale.

In The Spotlight: Adam Bock

In The Spotlight: Adam Bock 0

With an artist’s eye for detail, Obie Award winning playwright and Guggenheim Fellow Adam Bock brings gender, identity, complexity and juxtaposition to the stage by creating “A Small Fire”… On the surface, Canadian-born playwright Adam Bock gives off an air of simple affability. Friendly and engaging, Bock is ready to share, be it personal opinions, insights, […]

Review: Oregon Children’s Theatre Presents – Zombie in Love

Review: Oregon Children’s Theatre Presents – Zombie in Love 1

At times it was just like seeing that last song in Grease with all the kids dancing and singing through the audience….just….two of them were zombies. At other times, it was a little Beetlejuice complete with teen angst. It was thoroughly entertaining the entire time for me. The audience was more engaged at around age 9 and up, I’d say.

Review: Spectravagasm IV: Opiate of The Masses

Review: Spectravagasm IV: Opiate of The Masses 0

The Spectravagasm crew is back, with more brashness and off-the-wall humor for Spectravagasm IV: Opiate of The Masses. If you’re not tied down by dogma, or can chuckle at the ridiculousness of your own evangelistic ways, this show is guaranteed to make you laugh til you’re red in the face.

Review – They Will Rock You – “Flash! AH-AHHH!” at the Funhouse Lounge

Review – They Will Rock You – “Flash! AH-AHHH!” at the Funhouse Lounge 0

There’s a time and place for totally polished, upscale THEE-A-TAH, with an all professional cast, director and production values that make you lift your chardonnay glass at intermission and go, “Yes, very interesting effort in this season’s offering,” as you discuss the production’s writing in comparison with the works of, say, Edward Albee or Sam Shepherd.

Monster Mash: The Monster-Builder at Artists Rep.

Monster Mash: The Monster-Builder at Artists Rep. 0

The audience is bound to fall in line with the demented fun here, as the opening night crowd we saw it with did, but one also wonders if the debate hinted at in the theme over who controls the making of our cities isn’t thrown aside in favor of comic mayhem, with characters spouting a series of architectural luminaries and styles, like Van Eyck, Gaudi, Bauhaus and even the infamous Albert Speer, for effect?

Fertile Ground Flash Reviews! #6 – Stories: From Teen Girls In Transition at Sellwood Playhouse

Fertile Ground Flash Reviews! #6 – Stories: From Teen Girls In Transition at Sellwood Playhouse 0

So what I have for you today is not so much a review, as it is an encouragement to go see something tonight that might be just good for your soul, and the well-being of those performing it. Stories: From Teen Girls In Transition is a Workshop production – it is done from writings, poetry and even raps by the young women involved, from the local non-profit Boys and Girls Aid.

Fertile Ground Flash Reviews! #5 – Lancelife Presents: “Live Your Future, Today!”

Fertile Ground Flash Reviews! #5 – Lancelife Presents: “Live Your Future, Today!” 0

The show is the comedy brain child of Wallace Fessler (Banks), along with co-conspirators Joshua Fisher, Scott Rogers and Jimmy Newstetter of ALL CAPS Comedy (seen earlier this week at the Fertile Ground Festival and all here appearing as Banks’ devoted zealots and “success stories”). Fessler as Banks truly looks the motivational part, with close-cropped corporate attire and a never-ending stream of positive platitudes on anything.