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Review: In The Dark – Third Angle New Music

In the dark

By Matthew Smith As I drove to the OMSI Planetarium listening to NPR the sunset cast beautiful shades of pink and purple across the clouds over the West Hills, and I found myself thinking about what it means to experience sound and music in darkness. We sing familiar songs from …

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Review: Julius Caesar – Bag&Baggage / Post5 Theatre

julius ceasar bab and baggage

By Matthew Smith Amidst domestic accusations of presidential overreach and military coups and civil wars abroad come not one, but two local productions of Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare’s play of political intrigue and assassination in ancient Rome.  Bag&Baggage presents an adaptation performed outdoors by an all-female cast in downtown Hillsboro’s …

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Review: Kiss Me Kate – Clackamas Repertory Theatre

kiss me kate

By Matthew Smith Kiss Me Kate is probably Cole Porter’s most well-known and popular musical, filled with catchy and witty songs such as “Too Darn Hot” and “So in love”. Although the sexism inherent in both the main plot and the play-within-the-play (William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew) can be hard for …

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Review: I Love to Eat – Portland Center Stage

I love to Eat

By Amanda Valley I LOVE TO EAT is a truly fun, and fabulous, evening with the bombastic James Beard. He is portrayed lovingly by Rob Nagle, also an Oregon native who moved at a young age because “he wasn’t given a choice.” To be perfectly honest, I had no idea …

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Review: Antony and Cleopatra – HumanBeingCurious Productions

antony and cleopatra

By Matthew Smith William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is a play vast in scope and scenery that defies genre. How then could HumanBeingCurious Productions possibly stage such a work in the small, intimate black box space at Milepost 5’s Old ChapelTheater? The answer is to cast Cleopatra as a larger than life drag queen …

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