Archive for category: Theater

Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical in Portland Review

June 30, 2011 at 7:46 am Theater

Mary Poppins is one of Disney’s most successful and iconic movie musicals, featuring a number of unforgettable songs and a story that has easily withstood the test of time.  It’s slightly head-scratching given this that Cameron Macintosh, famed producer of mega hits like Cats, Les Miserables and Phantom of The Opera, would want to mess with something that […]

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One Night With Janis Joplin Review

May 28, 2011 at 8:28 am Portland, Theater

The concept behind Portland Center Stage's production of One Night With Janis Joplin is a good one, bring the Janis Joplin concert experience back on stage and give modern audiences a taste of what it was like to see her in concert. Unfortunately the production created, written and directed by Randy Johnson is one big hot mess.

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The Portland Ballet presents La Boutique Fantasque – Reviewed

November 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm Theater

With so many choices in holiday entertainment, we were excited to kick off this year’s season of celebrating with La Boutique Fantasque, a charming family-oriented ballet performed by The Portland Ballet at Portland Center for the Performing Arts’ Newmark Theatre. Set in France in the early 1900s, La Boutique Fantasque, or The Enchanted Toyshop, opens […]

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In The Heights Portland Tour Review

October 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm Theater

The original off-Broadway (and eventually Broadway) production of In The Heights is a much better show than what I saw at the Keller during opening night. If there was ever a show that clearly demonstrated the acoustic limitations and the issues of bringing a show on the road it was In The Heights. Set in […]

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Mike Daisey The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs – TBA:10

September 12, 2010 at 10:56 am Theater

I’m always surprised when I mention the TBA (Time Based Arts) Festival to friends only to find that it isn’t really on their radar screens. It’s a real shame as the ten day festival brings to Portland such a wide range of talent and is so well produced that it’ almost inconceivable that so many […]

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Burn The Floor Interview with Creator Jason Gilkison

September 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm Theater

Dance has become a huge part of popular culture. Between TV shows “Dancing With The Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance”, more people are familiar with a wide variety of dance styles than ever before.  Jason Gilkison, Director and Choreographer of Burn The Floor (as well as choreographer for So You Think You […]

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The Lion King Broadway Tour in Portland Review

June 20, 2010 at 9:08 pm Theater

As a musical, The Lion King doesn’t measure up to a lot of its contemporaries. Outside its three signature songs “Circle of Life“, “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight“, the music of The Lion King is pretty clunky, uninspired and sometimes even awkward. Oddly enough, the music of The Lion King really […]

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The Chosen at Portland Center Stage

April 10, 2010 at 11:15 am Theater

Chaim Potok’s The Chosen is among several productions this season at Portland Center Stage that are based on a book or had previously been produced as a movie. It’s an almost unavoidable reality for theatrical companies to pack their slate with plays that people are somehow familiar with in some way. Another unfortunate reality of modern theater […]

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Broadway Across America Portland presents CATS

March 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm Theater

I admit, I have never seen CATS, so with this being my first time, I had very high expectations. Considering it has been performed for 27 years over five continents and 26 countries, and it won seven Tony Awards in 1983 including Best Musical, I expected to be dazzled by a theater experience of a […]

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Legally Blonde The Musical in Portland

February 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm Events, Portland, Theater

It’s refreshing, from time to time, to treat yourself to a night of entertainment that is simply fun and lighthearted. This is what you can expect from Legally Blonde The Musical. The 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon has been adapted for the stage, infused with music and dance, and is touring February 16-21 here in […]

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