The State of the State Unless I break something between now and Tuesday morning, the die is cast. Long-awaited trip to Parts Unknown–for me at least. Wynne and I are flying out of Portland, taking a nonstop to Amsterdam, from there to Prague. I have never been there, but my late son Ian loved the […]Read More
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The Writer's Blog
Every writer has a journey that each of their characters must take.
The State of the State I left y’all last month on the cusp of my trip to Tucson. If I went there to get sunshine, I was sorely disappointed. During my time there, more than two inches of water dumped from the sky–just like home. It was worse in Oregon, where there were snow flurries […]Read More
The State of the State Yes, well, it’s been more like April than early February around here, which is more than a little scary. Trees are budding out, and I saw daffodils blooming today while on a walk. Eagles won the Super Bowl. Robert Mueller continues his silent quest. I head for Tucson in a […]Read More
The State of the State The holidays are past. Thank goodness. They were fine, except for a few last minute glitches from the weather. Nothing serious. A little ice. Lots of good food and a bit of traditional music and bright lights. Significant infusions of butter. For me, looking back on the year that was […]Read More
The State of the State Imagine a morning in early December, to paraphrase Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory”. “A coming of winter morning….” Today is such a morning, dry, with thin sunshine and a distinct chill to the air. Christmas season is in full swing. I have alerted my friends that there will be no […]Read More
The state of the State A major birthday has come and gone. I, for one, am glad it’s gone. The new 40 this one is not. In three days, the weather has gone from sunshine and autumn leaves to dark skies and snow in the Cascades. October was filled with wonderful friends… and art. Portland […]Read More
The State of the State Unapologetically late…as usual…I am fondly remembering a fabulous trip to Washington D.C. four years ago with three of my nearest and dearest. We spent the most fabulous week there exploring the city–mostly those little museums along the Mall, the Capitol, a reception in Sen. Jeff Merkeley’s office, trips to Olde […]Read More
State of the state The Newsletter is late this month because a great deal has happened. In early July, started a new job as Portland area brand representative for Dragonfly Nutrition LLC. So far, in the greater Portland area, their nutrition bars are available in New Seasons markets, with more locations to be added soon. […]Read More
Let me jump right in here. Summer is rushing past, but it’s August…time of getaways, time of the solar eclipse. We all want to hide out once in a while, and August is the time to do it. Here are some books for the journey. Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: […]Read More
Reviews Well Played.
Musings and reviews of theatrical plays.
Lou Bellamy, director of Portland Playhouse‘s current production Fences, accurately describes August Wilson‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play as “the ‘thunder’ that is Fences”. And thunder it is, from the moment Troy Maxson (Lester Purry) and his friend Jim Bono (Bryant Bentley) walk onto the stage in the first act, the audience knows a storm is brewing. It […]Read More
Nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier (Kristin Robinson) had no plans to devote a chunk of her life to staying in a convent. But in Sister Act, Lakewood Theatre‘s last production of the 2017-2018 season, that is exactly what happens. It’s Christmas Eve 1977, somewhere in Philadelphia, and convents are the last thing on Deloris’s mind. Indeed, […]Read More
Two men walk into a bar. It’s Belfast, 2009. In the play Quietly by Owen McCafferty, now playing at Corrib Theatre, barkeep Robert (Murri Lazaroff-Babin), a young man from Poland, is watching the World Cup on the telly and fielding texts from his girlfriend. Jimmy (Ted Rooney) is the first to arrive. He was raised Catholic, […]Read More
Always…Patsy Cline, created and originally directed by Ted Swindley, is a big favorite at Tigard’s Broadway Rose Theatre Company. As of last Friday night, this is the third time Broadway Rose has welcomed it to the stage–and the show is better than ever. This also is the third time Nashville artist Sara Catherine Wheatley has […]Read More
When four white people–an earnest vegan, a militant new-ager, a frustrated history teacher, and a paid actress–get together to produce a culturally sensitive play about the first Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month…well, it gives one pause. In the World Premiere of Larissa FastHorse‘s fast-paced satire The Thanksgiving Play at Artists Repertory Theatre, four […]Read More
DeLanna Studi has a powerful story to tell. She currently is telling it on the stage of the Ellyn Bye Studio at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. The 41-year-old actress/playwright has written and performs And So We Walked, An Artist’s Journey along the Trail of Tears. Studi is Cherokee. Actually, her mother is white, […]Read More
When I saw Stephen Adly Guirgis‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Between Riverside and Crazy, it put me in a New York state of mind. Now running at Artists Repertory Theatre, the play does not depict the New York of the Billy Joel song. There is nothing romantic about Walter “Pops” Washington (Kevin Jones) and the characters who […]Read More
After a long absence from its normal venue at 602 NE Prescott, Portland Playhouse returns to newly renovated headquarters with the exciting new musical, Scarlet. The book, music, and lyrics are written by Portlander Michelle Horgan, and this is the first staged run of this new work, which is a retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 classic The […]Read More
Love, loss, and magic mix it up in Andrew Hinderaker‘s The Magic Play which opened March 9 on Portland Center Stage at the Armory’s Mainstage. Directed by Halena Kays, The Magic Play is a theatrical hybrid. It begins as a magic show. A very good magic show. Ask the members of the audience who volunteered to be The […]Read More