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Review: Fenix Theatre's poignant, funny Waiting for Godot
Samuel Beckett's masterpiece, the tragicomedy Waiting for Godot, might not be everybody's idea of a summertime al fresco romp.
Laughing while it hurts
| July 22, 2011
Review: Theater Project's Pride and Prejudice stays authentically powerful
Jane Austen's classic 19th-century novel of manners and morals, Pride and Prejudice , has undergone a truly weird range of reinterpretations. But the classics also deserve a little unalloyed love.
| February 04, 2011
To Sir, with love
"Sir, it's time to age," Norman wryly prompts "Sir," an esteemed Shakespearean actor about to play Lear for the 272nd time.
Mad Horse's Dresser unmasks theater
| October 16, 2009
Through the rest of June, a classic battle of the sexes will be waged at the wading pool of Deering Oaks Park. The Fenix Theatre Co., Portland's premier purveyor of outdoor Shakespeare for the summer, stages a smart, wet, and aggressive Taming of the
Fenix's Taming of the Shrew gets wet
| June 19, 2009
Melodrama is a particularly satisfying popular art form for a financial crisis, filled as it is with unambiguous types and tropes — rich ruthless villains, poor but warm-hearted heroes and heroines, music that spiritedly cues our hisses and cheers, and
Explore Portland's past with AIRE
| May 29, 2009
The show fills this summer’s void of outdoor theater with a light and gleeful touch.
Giving love a bad name in the park
| August 05, 2008
Compared to the staid, changeless Irish village of Balleybeg, America seems like a “vast restless place,” a land of “impermanence and anonymity,” and a country where “nobody gives a damn about the past.”
Philadelphia, Here I Come! explores the internal and external struggles of home
| April 30, 2008
As an avid theater-goer, there are times when I hanker to positively consume a fine play.
A venue-to-venue tour of Portland
| January 02, 2008
Myth and legend
With no ado, here are some of the last year’s theatrical highlights.
Portland theatre: 2007 in review
| December 19, 2007
Middle-aged Michael O’Neal just wants a little bit of the epic in his life.
To thine own story be true
| March 21, 2007
Concise and elegant, the prose of Ernest Hemingway in some ways resembles particularly beautiful stage directions.
Bringing Hemingway back to life
| January 03, 2007
Christmas in Lisnacoo involves an avenging Santa, wanton women, and, above all, an impressive amount of spirits — both the kind in bottles and the kind within the lively Irish.
Drinking and living it up Irish-style
| December 06, 2006
Playing with boys
The cult of celebrity and sensationalism gets a rollicking and poignant treatment in John Synge’s classic comedy The Playboy of the Western World , directed by Tony Reilly for the American Irish Repertory Ensemble.
Irish tongues are wagging
| May 24, 2006
Back to life
Well, it was a close call, but now that we’ve crossed the Stygian flood of Christmas Carols and other holiday fiascos, we can get back to the business of theater that might occasionally surprise, scandalize, and even keep us breathing.
Theater stirs in the new year
| December 28, 2005
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