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The Usual Suspects – Rick Lewis

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COMPOSER Rick Lewis is the go-to music director for a lot of Portland theatre companies. And with musical theatre heating up on the city stages, that makes Lewis a busy man. At Portland Center Stage alone he’s working on three shows this season – Fiddler on The Roof, Jason Robert …

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Review: The Mountaintop

The Mountaintop Review

By Matthew Smith In The Mountaintop, currently running at Portland Center Stage through October 27, playwright Katori Hall examines Martin Luther King, Jr. – the man and the saint. Set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on the night before Dr. King’s death, the play depicts …

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Review: In The Dark – Third Angle New Music

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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

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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

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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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