Tips for affording to see theatre

By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly

As a theatre reviewer, I get to see a lot of theatre, a lot more than I would see otherwise, even as someone who really enjoys seeing the show. Financially I couldn’t afford to see all …

Theater Review: “Schizo” at Shaking the Tree

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

Mental illness stills carries such a stigma in our culture that the title Schizo (at Shaking the Tree through August 29) likely conjures images of an edgy, dark thriller, or self-deprecating comedic monologue. Katie Watkins’ affecting, …

Theater Review: “Three Days of Rain” at PCS

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

It’s 1995 Manhattan. Boston business woman Nan (Lisa Datz) has come to a derelict apartment to collect her troubled, eccentric brother Walker (Silas Weir Mitchell) to attend their father’s will reading.

That father, Ned Janeway, was a …

Theater Review: “The Lion” at PCS

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

In “The Lion” (at Portland Center Stage through June 14) singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer shares his life story through songs and anecdotes.

Whether you find his journey transporting or a tad conventional will likely depend on your feelings …

Theater Review: “Static” at Third Rail Rep

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

As fans of Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity” well know: women have emotional lives and men have record collections. While perhaps not true for the species at large, it’s a guiding idea for certain trainspotting subcultures–one playwright …

Theater Review: “Twelfth Night” at Post5

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

Viola (Jessica Tidd) survives a shipwreck–one she believes has killed her brother Sebastian (Sean Kelly). Grief-stricken, she disguises herself as a boy–Cesario–and serves a melancholy gentleman, Orsino (Tom Walton), who pines for Olivia (Chip Sherman), who …

Portland Theater’s Benefactress: Ronni LaCroute

Who is Ronni LaCroute, and what led herto become Portland Theater’s leadingbenefactress?

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

If you attend a few Portland theater shows, you become familiar with the announcement, “We’d like to thank our season sponsors, Ronni LaCroute and Willakenzie …