The Oregonian, October 23, 1998
By Barry Johnson
Theater bargain hunters often find their prey on the wilder side of the theater world, in the realms of performance art and late-night shows. Liminal, the group responsible for bothSuicide in B-flat and Handke Salmagundi last year, occupies the conceptual wing of the Portland theater scene. Theres no easy narrative line for this company: Its interested in more difficult conceptual matters, both intellectual and theatrical.
For its new show, Jowl Movements I-IX, for example, the company uses the avant-garde gesture and movement techniques of Russian director and theoretician Vsevolod Emilievich Meyerhold, among others, to create a dinner party, which it promptly deconstructs. Oh, and theres vaudeville, too, and an original musical score by John Berendzen.
The show opens at 8 p.m. Saturday and continues at 8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Nov. 22, at the Portland Building, 1120 S.W. Fifth Ave.; $6-$15, sliding scale; 229-3851.