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
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The Writer's Blog
Every writer has a journey that each of their characters must take.
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
The State of the State Seasons change rapidly around here. In August we experienced three scalding weekends, while the time between them often gave us chilly mornings. It’s cooler now, and one doubts one will see 100-degree days again any time soon. Harvest began nearly two weeks ago out in Emma Golden’s wine country. I don’t think […]Read More
Reviews Well Played.
Musings and reviews of theatrical plays.
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 four or five slightly different times, each meeting results in a slightly varied outcome. It is here both […]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
Young Omar (Michel Castillo) and Young Cindy (Madeleine Tran) are immigrants, brought to this country at an early age by their parents. They meet on the day they are sworn-in as citizens, and have been together ever since. A few years pass. Omar (John San Nicolas) and Cindy (Khanh Doan) have a special friend called Patrick (Heath Koerschgen), “Rick” […]Read More
Two young people–Mary (Lexi Lapp) and Charlie (Alex J. Gould) meet, by chance, in a thunderstorm. But it’s a dream. These things happen. Moments later, they are “fearless and flying,” falling in love on the back of a horse. Mary’s Wedding by Canadian playwright Stephen Massicotte, now on stage in the Ellyn Bye Studio at Portland Center […]Read More
Those lonesome teenage years in the 1960s were pretty brutal. Especially for females. For those who can’t remember those special times, there’s the music. And Beehive, a lively musical review of the girl music of the 1960s, now playing at Tigard’s Broadway Rose Theatre. One of the most iconic symbols of the 1960s was the […]Read More
It is a more than ambitious undertaking to launch two world-premiere plays in one weekend, on the same stage no less, but Portland Center Stage pulled it off. They couldn’t be more different. One is a rock opera written and performed by Portland’s own Blitzen Trapper. The other is a country music paean for the wronged and […]Read More
As characters go, few, if any, are more inscrutable and obnoxious than the 13-year-old girl. Thus, it is difficult at first to sympathize with Chris (Agatha Day Olson) in Artists Repertory Theatre’s new production Feathers and Teeth by Charise Castro Smith, directed by Artists Rep Artistic Director Damaso Rodriguez. Not so far into the play, […]Read More
Annette and Alan Raleigh (Don Alder and Sarah Lucht) and Michal and Veronica Novak (David Sikking and Marilyn Stacey) all want to stand up for civilization. After their 11-year-old boys engage in playground fisticuffs and the younger Raleigh bashes the younger Novak in the chops with a stick, somebody has to. But in Yasmina Reza’s […]Read More
Marjorie (Vana O’Brien) is a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease. At age 85, she is fairly advanced in the disease. She is unable to care for herself. She’s lost interest in eating. She’s lonely. And she constantly repeats herself, asking questions, driving her daughter Tess (Linda Alper) and son-in-law Jon (Michael Mendelson) nuts. But in Jordan […]Read More