REVIEWS: Radical Softness

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Radical Softness plays with boundaries and interconnectivity…who do we need?.. what do we do with the artifacts of others?… how do we balance that need for others and our desire to be? After the first PortFringe performance of Yuhas & … Continued

REVIEWS: Keepin’ It Real With Wilson

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There’s a line partway through this show that’s really struck me, something along the lines of “familiarity is the first step toward acceptance and understanding.” It’s the sort of truth that’s so obvious, it’s world shattering: why hadn’t I considered … Continued

REVIEWS: BURAKEYE

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Burakeye was down to 3 dancers when I saw them on Saturday night. They had transportation issues and were unable to get all their drums to the Apohadion. However, the show must go on. So with audio tracks of their … Continued

REVIEWS: The Unkindest Cut

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Depression sucks. Describing depressive episodes suck. Talking about going into the dark places and rationalizing the negative self-talk, the self-harm, the suicidal ideation to someone who only tangentially/obliquely understands is hellish and debilitating. The Unkindest Cut explains all that. Jocelyn … Continued

REVIEWS: Procession

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  Muscleflea charmingly showcases four major emotional points in the human experience and invites their intimate audience to validate and step though the motions of each with them. The artist guides the group with a mixture of gentle intellectualism, clear … Continued

REVIEWS: May We / (Mais Oui)

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Presented as a part of a double feature, ‘Mais Oui’ is a stunning movement piece that is sure to leave its audiences guessing about the lesson they just viewed. A basic yet beautifully powerful representation of dynamic, this a journey … Continued

REVIEWS: BREAD

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As a mid-lifer myself, the show about the midlife challenges of two women, explored through the lens of an extended bread metaphor, spoke to me. This two-person show covers A LOT in 30 minutes, covering relationships, sexuality, and the challenges … Continued

REVIEWS: Lighting Martha

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If you go to school for lighting design, you will be studying the work of Jean Rosenthal. So said the lighting designer for Lighting Martha in a talk back session following the show on Saturday night at Portland Stage Studio … Continued

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