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Fertile Ground: Get your festival on

Portland’s 13th annual festival of new works Jan. 27-Feb. 6 features 37 online projects, from dance to theater to puppetry and more.

Inside Fertile Ground: Six Tales

For the past ten years, Fertile Ground has been the most dynamic event of the Portland theater season. For eleven days the city is engulfed in theater that is by turns thrilling, preposterous, fantastic, raw, hilarious, scary, brutal, inconsistent, challenging, and courageous

Speed-dating at Fertile Ground

And lo, on the third day of the New Year, a great clamor fell upon the multitude, and the dread Pealing of the Four Minutes rang out, and the people scurried from line to line, taking their spots in the sun, pitching

4X4 review: quality quartet

An agitated, hooded man angrily approaches a Transportation Security Administration agent at an airport security station, demanding to know what they’re doing to his son. Violence seems likely to erupt any moment. That was the arresting opener of Contraband, the opening play

‘Living Things’ review: animating the everyday

Not all the characters in Archie Washington’s enchanting new musical Living Things are, strictly speaking, alive. Carnival bowling pins that get knocked over and set back up again over and over; components of a science fair rocket; a robot Mars lander and

Watching Readings

Fertile Ground is springing up about us again, and Portland’s theatrical venues are filled with performances—dance, original drama, comedy, even a couple of premiere musicals, all there to delight audiences. And then there are the playreadings. The festival is heavy with new

Fertile Ground: get set, go

It was 5:30 on a blustery Thursday evening – still rush hour in The City That Sometimes Works – and Nicole Lane was busy herding cats. Some of the media people were stuck in traffic and still on their way but they’d

DramaWatch: Rhinos & cheap Italian food

Imago’s “Julia’s Place” starts with Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” and then stampedes off to an Italian restaurant. Plus openings, closings, and a little improv “Weekend at Bernie’s.”

DramaWatch: Fuse relights its fire

Portland’s LGBTQ theater ensemble gets a new home, a new season, and a new way of thinking about how it does business.

DramaWatch: At Corrib, a passing of the Irish torch

Also in a busy week: A “Barbecue” at Portland Playhouse, “The Chinese Lady” at Artists Rep, a “Peep” from The Reformers and a “Lonely Vampire” from Imago, “Danse Macabre” returns, plus plays onscreen.