Review – Broadway Rose Presents The Music Man

Review – Broadway Rose Presents The Music Man 0

Luckily we have the Broadway Rose Production Company. They are dedicated to shortening the gap. Their mission statement: “To create unparalleled musical theater experiences that invigorate audiences and enrich our communities.” In fulfilling that mandate since 1992 they have tackled a great number of Broadway Musicals: From A Day in Hollywood a Night in the Ukraine to The Whole Wide World; from Oklahoma to Les Miserables. We should be thankful they are now doing The Music Man

Portland Actors Ensemble – Anthony and Cleopatra

Portland Actors Ensemble – Anthony and Cleopatra 1

The Portland Actors Ensemble is solid in their respect for Shakespeare. In 1970 they did their first Shakespeare in the Park free performance with As You Like It in Laurelhurst Park. Their mission statement: “To bring financially accessible classical theater to Portland communities in a nontraditional environment.” Since then many things have changed. At least a couple of things haven’t. This year it is Antony and Cleopatra.

Cirque Du Soleil—TOTEM: Still good, however you pronounce it…

Cirque Du Soleil—TOTEM: Still good, however you pronounce it… 0

Cirque Du Soleil has been to Portland so often that it is now safe to say that tens–if not possibly hundreds–of thousands of people have seen it here over the years. It is such a PDX/VAN regular that there’s been semi-permanent civic construction sponsored, in part, by the City of Portland to support its repeated […]

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.