Post Tagged with: "Theater"

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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Snow Falling on Cedars at Portland Center Stage Review

January 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm Theater

I honestly didn’t have huge expectations for Kevin McKeon’s adaptation of David Guterson Snow Falling on Cedars. So many popular books and movies have been poorly adapted for the stage recently and Scott Hick’s 1999 film adaptation of Guterson’s best selling book simply left me cold. Imagine my shock when I was blown away by […]

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Xanadu The Musical in Portland Review

January 13, 2010 at 11:10 am Theater

It’s hard to write a review of Xanadu The Musical with a straight face. Part of me is thinking, “Really, you’re going to pick apart a musical based on one of the cheesier films from the 80’s?” and in truth there will be some people who click off their brain and just enjoy the brief […]

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Portland Center Stage Ragtime Review

October 12, 2009 at 11:05 am Theater

Portland Center Stage didn’t take the easy road in selecting Ragtime for their 2009-2010 season. Ragtime is a huge production, with a large cast, quickly changing scenes and children who play two key singing roles. Given the complexity and scale of the show, it’s a little surprising that a regional theater company would try to […]

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Josh Kornbluth's Ben Franklin: Unplugged – Reviewed

October 7, 2009 at 10:48 am Theater

History is an interesting animal, in some ways it is like a dinosaur. We can look at the bones of the once mighty dinosaurs and pontificate: How did it live? What did it look like? What might its life been like? With more contemporary history we often have the luxury of texts, letters, documents or […]

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Interview with Josh Kornbluth – Ben Franklin Unplugged

October 2, 2009 at 8:31 am Interview, Theater

In 2002 I picked up a copy of the film Haiku Tunnel. It was described to me as “Office Space” if Woody Allen had directed it rather than Mike Judge (a pretty spot on description). It was hilarious.  Since then I’ve followed the career of Josh Kornbluth (the star of the film), as he’s established himself as one […]

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Patton Oswalt One of The Funniest Comedians Alive – A Portland Concert Review

September 14, 2009 at 10:01 am Comedy

It’s hard to remember a time when I laughed harder or for longer. Of the over ninety minutes in Patton Oswalt‘s Portland concert I found myself laughing (nearly to the point of tears) through almost every minute of it. Joke after joke hit its target dead center, and when something wasn’t quite a bullseye, Oswalt […]

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The Last Cargo Cult by Mike Daisey – A Workshop Review

August 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm Theater

It would be completely unfair to write a review of Mike Daisey’s newest monologue The Last Cargo Cult. Saturday’s performance of the monologue was only the third time anyone had ever seen it performed. Mike Daisey doesn’t rehearse his material, he doesn’t write a script, and he will only perform in front of an audience. […]

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Mike Daisey – If You See Something, Say Something

September 15, 2008 at 8:57 pm Theater

This year at TBA I had a little mini “Mike Daisey Festival“. I saw Mike Daisey perform his ‘MONOPOLY!‘ early on in the fest, then attended a companion workshop ‘extemporaneous, autobiographical, monologue’ and finally finished with ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ at the end of the festival..and I enjoyed every minute of it. After […]

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