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Artists Rep welcomes its new leader

New artistic director Jeanette Harrison brings a commitment to a diversity of voices to Portland’s second largest theater company.

DramaWatch: (more than) just clowning around

CoHo Clown Festival gets down with some feisty physical comedy; “The Hombres” land at Artists Rep; “tick, tick” heads for its final boom; the enduring wit of Louise Brooks.

DramaWatch: TBA, taking a chance on art

PICA’s experimental extravaganza hits the boards again. Plus openings, from sci-fi to farce to ghosts, pajamas, book clubs, stony hearts, midsummer dreams and a mushroom hunt.

DramaWatch: CoHo opens the doors wide

“When theater becomes just about plays, only fans of plays come. We’re going to bring a variety-show mentality and challenge forms. And we’re going to be trying to incubate new forms.” 

Tony Fuemmeler and the masks of life

At Historic Alberta House, 60 of the master maskmaker’s artist friends explore hidden and revealed identities – and Fuemmeler unmasks a change of his own.

DramaWatch: Remembering Stan Foote

Celebrating the Oregon Children’s Theatre leader’s life; “tick, tick … BOOM!” blows the lid off the season at Portland Center Stage; Ashland openings; more.

Bobby Bermea: The truth about Polonius

Sure, Hamlet’s the hero, and gets all the praise. But why? asks the actor playing the prince’s put-upon counsel. Isn’t Polonius a reasonable and honest guy, just doing his job?

You cannot call it love … or can you?

Theater review: Salt and Sage’s ambitious dual productions of “Romeo and Juliet” and “Hamlet” reckon with deep questions about love and mortality.

DramaWatch: Corrib rides a bumpy road to new leadership

Holly Griffith takes the artistic reins at Portland’s Irish theater company; an outdoor “Tempest,” an indoor “Holy Days,” party with the Bar[d], singing “Newsies,” and a Quixote for today.

DramaWatch: Imago in Pirandelloland

Jerry Mouawad and Drew Pisarra’s new “Voiceover” dips into dance and sound with an existential twist. Plus the JAW new plays festival, a Stan Foote tribute, openings and closings.

Bobby Bermea: On touching and fighting

A sea change is happening in America’s rehearsal halls – and combat and intimacy choreographers are piloting the ship of theater into new waters.

DramaWatch: Will Vinton’s stage ‘Kiss’

The late Claymation master’s musical-theater adaptation of “The Frog Prince” debuts at Lakewood, Twilight opens the Portland premiere of an E.M. Lewis play, “Hadestown” hits Puddletown.

Connie Carley, PassinArt co-founder, dies

Carley, 72, was a guiding force for the Portland Black theater company for 40 years and a deeply admired figure in the city’s arts and nonprofit worlds.

DramaWatch: More sugar in the Chekhov tea

PETE’s “Cherry Orchard” is an energizing jolt of the sweetly unexpected. Plus the opening of “Desperate Measures” and last chance for “Bad World” and “The Music Man.”

Bobby Bermea: Au Revoir, Elgin

After traveling cross-state to play Othello, a Portland actor bids a fond farewell to a brand new Shakespeare festival and its small town in the northeast corner of Oregon.

DramaWatch: Chekhov for modern times

PETE’s radically slimmed-down “Cherry Orchard” streamlines a classic. Plus Risk/Reward, last chance for “Mr. Madam,” and more.

Bobby Bermea: Welcome to Elgin

In far northeastern Oregon, the curtain’s rising on a brand new Shakespeare festival. A Portland actor revels in the adventure.

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.”

Remembering Linda Williams Janke

The Portland stage star, 78, took classic turns in plays by Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Noel Coward, and G.B. Shaw.

DramaWatch: ‘Queens Girl’ moves to Africa

Picking up what they began in New York, Clackamas Rep and star Lauren Steele take a stellar tale continental. Plus Forgotten Women, Chick Fight, Taylor Mac & more.

Bridgetown throws a musical party

Stage notes: A conservatory throws a musical-theater gala, mystery theater and Lea Salonga at the Reser, the slap heard ’round the world.

Remembering forgotten women, onstage

A conversation with writer Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, whose choreopoem “In the Name of Forgotten Women” is debuting at CoHo.

DramaWatch: William Hurt onstage

The movie star, who died in Portland on Sunday, performed in four plays with Artists Rep. Also: Getting grisly with “Titus,” comedy & more.

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