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Mad Horse puts on a searing Pulitzer-nominated Iraq war play

Not too long into Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, most of the characters pacing the stage are either dead, near death, or intimate enough with it to see ghosts.
Caging the tiger
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 25, 2013
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Mad Horse's cutting choice of Zindel's Gamma Rays

When a group of tender seeds are exposed to toxic radiation, the ones receiving the smallest dose develop normally; those that are moderately exposed mutate into larger-than-life oddities, and the ones getting the heaviest dose wither and die.
Half-lives
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 23, 2012
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Mad Horse’s Becky Shaw peers behind the love curtain

Three months after her father's death, the two people closest to thirty-something Suzanna (Elizabeth Chambers) don't have a lot of patience for her grief, which has her reduced to a weeping mess watching bad TV under a blanket.
The one who knew too much
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 10, 2012
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The second half of the season brings surprises

Those who missed out on LOREM IPSUM's Threepenny Opera this fall should get in line early for its spring production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, at SPACE Gallery (March 22-April 1).
Comedy and danger
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 30, 2011
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The highlights of 2011’s theatrics

Some of the most exhilarating moments in theater this year happened in the Apohadion, as a pale and schizoid Michael Dix Thomas shrieked the opening strains of "The Ballad of Mack the Knife," summoning to stage the lurid, ghoulish menagerie of Bertolt Br
From madness to mealtime
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 23, 2011
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Stopping by a stark Genet show

When it is Claire's turn to be Madame, she paints her lips and cheeks a garish crimson. She preens, pouts, flounces, demands to be dressed in her white gown with the spangles.
Dramatis personae
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 27, 2011


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Review: Mad Horse's Spring Awakening, a 19th-century play with 21st-century actors

Images of white plum blossoms surge over both the back wall and the floor of the Spring Awakening set.
Youthful vigor
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 07, 2011
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Go inside radio drama

The tale-tellers behind Final Rune Productions create what they call "stories for the ear."
Recordings
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 08, 2010
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Into new worlds

The New Year opens with a duo of two-man, many-character comedies.
Theatrical journeys for the year ahead
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 01, 2010
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Big starts

I kick off my highlights of 2009 with praise for a theater company that has just finished its inaugural season: The Legacy Theater Company, founded by former City Theater artistic director Steve Burnette.
2009 was full of newness + energy
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 25, 2009

A Dark Night with Mamet and a Mad Horse

Circling the central mystery of The Cryptogram are a camping trip, the provenance of a German pilot's knife, and a young boy's "sleep issues."
Mini-Reviews
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 16, 2009


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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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 16, 2009
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Mixin' it up

First on my dance card this fall is the Good Theater's The Little Dog Laughed (September 17-October 11), a scathing comedy about Hollywood, a closeted actor's indiscretions with a hustler, and his agent's desperate clean-up duties.
Fall's theater shows cover serious ground
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 18, 2009
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Catharsis + rebirth

My own backward gaze over the last decade of local theater only takes in the second half of it, so I've consulted a few veterans.
Portland theater's losses and gains since 1999
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 18, 2009
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Not messing about

The pale modernism of Lane's living room, plush but sterile, is being slowly strewn with stuff: barely bitten apples, playing cards, a bright yellow spice.
Mad Horse's beautiful Clean House
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2009