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
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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 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
The state of the state For what it’s worth, my life has been in a state of high flux. Not the type of flux one likes talking about. So…the first of June, I quit my job of eight years. The last nine months there were unpleasant for a variety of reasons. Near the bursting point, […]Read More
Reviews Well Played.
Musings and reviews of theatrical plays.
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
About once every two years, Lakewood Theatre Company loses its collective mind. It has just happened again with their latest production, El Grande de Coca-Cola. Written by Ron House, Diz White, Alan Shearman, and John Neville-Andrews, this musical tour-de-farce owes much to its origin story in a Barcelona bar in the 1960s where House met a […]Read More
Love is so darned complicated. He loves her…she thinks he’s boring. She loves him…he loves someone else. They love each other…and then they don’t. A sweet and tender story about the many facets of love made it’s world premiere at Portland Center Stage’s Ellyn Bye Studio last week. Adam Szymkowicz’s Kodachrome digs into love’s many incarnations […]Read More
Broadway Rose Theatre Company kicked off its 27th season with Murder for Two, a riotously manic vaudevillian farce featuring Barney Stein and David Saffert. In this Agatha Christie-esque musical comedy, Saffert plays the 10 suspects who were guests at the famous novelist Arthur Whitney’s birthday party when Arthur was shot dead. Arthur, it appears, had the dirt […]Read More
I’ve never wanted to go to Antarctica. Too dark. Too cold. No good restaurants. But scientists love it. In the world premiere of E.M. Lewis’s Magellanica, six of them are falling all over themselves to spend eight and a half months there with no chance of getting out. It is 1986. American Dr. Morgan Halstead (Sara […]Read More
I have awaited and anticipated the world premiere of Astoria: Part Two since I saw Astoria: Part One at a year ago at Portland Center Stage. This sprawling drama, based on Peter Stark’s best selling Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire, A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival, was adapted and directed by PCS Artistic Director Chris […]Read More
In 2.5 Minute Ride, now onstage at Profile Theatre, playwright Lisa Kron takes a slice of her own life and builds it into something universal. Each summer, the Kron family faithfully visited Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, to ride the rollercoasters. Not everybody rode the rollercoasters. But Lisa and her father did–even when he […]Read More