Theatre Review – Liza! Liza! Liza!

By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly

It’s hard to capture someone as iconic as Liza Minelli, but that’s just what Triangle Productions sets out to do in the aptly named Liza! Liza! Liza!. Part of what makes biographical plays difficult is finding …

Theatre Review – Love and Information

By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly

Love and Information opens with a flurry of characters rushing through the stage, talking over each other, and leaving just as quickly. It’s impossible to get anything but a fleeting sense of what just happened. Director …

Theatre Review – Blue Door

By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly

It’s the night before the Million Man March, and Lewis (Victor Mack) can’t sleep. His father has died, his wife is leaving him, and his work life is falling apart. It’s on this night that Lewis …

Theatre Review – The Few

Set in Northern Idaho, The Few takes place in the office of a newspaper for long-haul truckers. Run by QZ (Val Landrum) and her teenage assistant Matthew (Caleb Sohigian), it stays afloat mostly by running personal ads. Their small town …

Theatre Review – Stupid F**king Bird

By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly

 

There’s a lot to say about Stupid F**king Bird at Portland Center Stage. It’s one of the most deliberate shows I think I’ve ever seen. Deliberate as in, the fourth wall is gone, the characters address …

Trump Is Also A Symptom

By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly

It’s easy to fear Donald Trump if you’re a progressive. He’s referred to immigrants coming from Mexico as ‘rapists’, suggested building a wall along the Mexican border, plays into the fear mongering of Muslims, criticized the …

Theatre Review – What Every Girl Should Know

By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly

The title of this play comes from a pamphlet written by Margaret Sanger in 1912. If you’re unfamiliar with Sanger, she established the organizations that would eventually become Planned Parenthood. Considering Planned Parenthood has been struggling …

Theatre Review – Mothers and Sons

By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly

Mothers and Sons open in a beautiful living room in an apartment on the Upper West Side of New York. I was sitting off to the side of the stage so I got to glimpse the …

Local Music Listen – XO Jasen

XO Jasen

By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly

XO Jasen is a new electronic project by Portland musician Jason Mampel. His first release under this name is called Four Love Songs, which is exactly what it sounds like, four songs about love. Queer love. …