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Bri Pruett

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What We Do

Portland Theatre Scene is your one and only source for independent news, reviews and commentary on live theatre in Portland, Oregon.  We also cover Ashland, Oregon (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and Seattle.

As traditional media crater and small town booster blogs proliferate, it’s hard to find knowledgeable guidance on what theatre to see.  When so much coverage reads like press releases shilling for the industry, count on us to cut through the noise.

You’ll find no advertising, no conflicts of interest, no lengthy discussions about what shade of lipstick looks best on that pig.  We write for the audience.  Your time and money are precious, and our mission is to help you find the good stuff and dodge the land mines.

So come in, grab a seat and find some live theatre worth seeing.


There will be drama

“They’re only words… unless they’re true.”

Speed-the-Plow, David Mamet (1988)

We hope you enjoy the show


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