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
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The Writer's Blog
Every writer has a journey that each of their characters must take.
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
As of January 20, 2017, Portland has huge a new play. It’s called Astoria Part I, and it came to stage during Portland’s recent Fertile Ground Festival, a 10-day event where dozens of new plays large and small enjoyed their world premieres. The play is written and directed by Portland Center Stage Artistic Director Chris Coleman, and […]Read More
2016 ended on a high note for me, literarily speaking. I read some extraordinary books in November and December. As this is one of my favorite blogs of the year, I can’t wait to share them with you. America’s First Daughter, a historical novel by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie is simply an extraordinary read. Based on […]Read More
December/January Newsletter The state of things Tomorrow I am closing down my storage unit. Everything in it, the final leftovers of a life of sorts, will be sold within the next two weeks or given away. I’m not really certain what’s out there as I haven’t been able to get to it for a while. […]Read More
A quick note to all my followers! The 12 Days of December are here. Starting now, through December 12, I am offering you the opportunity to order paperback copies of any or all of the Emma Golden Mysteries from my website at a discounted price. Of course you can order the book from Amazon and other […]Read More
The state of the state The stock market is up; James Comey’s Trump/Pence sign has come down from his front yard. Life is ambling along nearly normal in P-town, aside from five post-election nights of marching and a couple of riots. I haven’t actually been able to do much over the last week or two. I […]Read More
“All crime novels are social novels,” says Laura Miller in her recent article “Try To Remember” in The New Yorker, an article devoted to Dublin-based mystery writer Tana French (Oct. 3, 2016, page 72). Unlike many articles in The New Yorker, this one cuts to the chase. Says Miller, “Most crime fiction is diverting; French’s is […]Read More
The State of the State We’re settling in for fall around here. Brilliant color, cold morning walks, baked apples. Most of the wineries have finished harvesting grapes and are now processing the bounty into next year’s wines. My dear friends Cheryl and Ginny and Margie, along with several other friends, celebrate birthdays with me in October. Cheryl and I also […]Read More
Reviews Well Played.
Musings and reviews of theatrical plays.
Portland area theatres offer two weekends of free performances–a lucky break for any of us who enjoy a good show. The August Wilson Red Door Project presents The New Black Fest’s Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments at Weiden & Kennedy, 224 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, on Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 23 […]Read More
Lakewood Theatre opened its 65th season on July 7 with Gore Vidal’s satiric sci-fi comedy, Visit to a Small Planet. A biting satire, the play is light on science and surprisingly prescient on social commentary. Although it was written in the mid-1950s it has lost nothing with the passage of time. In a Washington, D.C. […]Read More
Summer is the best time of year for Broadway Rose Theatre. For during the summer, the company moves its productions from its New Theatre in west Tigard, to the Deb Fennell Auditorium at Tigard High School. Here, the all-musical company flexes its muscles and moves into a short season of large-scale productions. Broadway Rose’s summer opener, The […]Read More
Although I’ve always thought of the summer as a down time for live theatre in metropolitan Portland, there really is a lot going on. One special summer treat is the Clackamas Repertory Theatre, which produces three summer shows yearly. Onstage now is Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery which opened June 30 at Clackamas Community College’s […]Read More
When 15-year-old Olivia (Alex Ramirez de Cruz) storms out on her father Aaron (Chris Harder) and his wife Deborah, the only person she can turn to is her mother, Beatriz (Julana Torres). The two barely know each other, as Aaron was awarded full custody of Olivia when he and Beatriz separated eight years ago. Quiara Alegria […]Read More
Grammy-nominated artist Mona Golabek will return to Portland Center Stage at The Armory for a limited engagement of The Pianist of Willesden Lane, adapted and directed by Hershey Felder and based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport; A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. […]Read More
One of the most brilliant, and certainly funniest, plays in the English language has invaded the stage at Artists Repertory Theatre! The Importance of Being Earnest, written by Oscar Wilde and directed by Michael Mendelson, opened Saturday, May 20, with a few variations. Nary a male on the stage. All eight actors are female. Few things […]Read More
It’s a different sort of romance. It’s a different set of circumstances. It’s Nick Payne’s 2012 play Constellations, exactingly directed by Chris Coleman, now at Portland Center Stage. When Marianne (Dana Green) and Roland (Silas Weir Mitchell) first meet in four or five varied scenarios, each meeting results in a slightly different outcome. It is here both they […]Read More
Godspell, now playing at Lakewood Theatre Company, and directed by Michael Snider, is not a production original for its storytelling. It is, however, graced with a company of talented singers and dancers, and high-octane energy. Look at it as the New Testament on steroids. As Godspell opens, Socrates, Aquinas, Luther, and Nietzsche meet at the playground to state their views on religion. […]Read More