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
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The Writer's Blog
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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
February/March newsletter The cruelest month “February is the cruelest month”…or so says Emma Golden in my second novel, The Difficult Sister. For me, as well as for Emma, it always has been. Local readers know that in addition to snow, we set a record for February rainfall this past month. It also was the first […]Read More
Reviews Well Played.
Musings and reviews of theatrical plays.
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
Corrib Theatre is back with the second play in its season of contemporary Irish plays, Lifeboat. This the extraordinary true story of two teenage girls–Bess Walder (Britt Harris), 15, of Liverpool, and Beth Cummings (Kayla Lian), 14, of London–who clung to an overturned lifeboat for 19 terrifying hours in the northern Atlantic Ocean after their ship […]Read More
Parnassus on Wheels opens to the clucking of chickens in a bucolic setting somewhere in New England. Helen McGill (Amanda Soden) minds the chickens and sells their eggs, cooks the meals, and does whatever else needs doing around the farm. It may not be the life she wants, but it’s the life she’s got. And […]Read More
Thinking back today about what a wonderful time I had reviewing plays in 2017, it occurred to me that a round-up of my favorites might be a good thing to do. So, without further fussing around, here it is: Astoria Part I, by Chris Coleman, ran last January at Portland Center Stage. Adapted from Peter […]Read More
The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens is back in town and playing on the Main Stage at Portland Center Stage through December 31. The play has become a favorite with Portland audiences since its introduction here in 2013. What’s not to like about a complete spoof of the holiday classic, written by Emmy […]Read More