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
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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 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
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
Reviews Well Played.
Musings and reviews of theatrical plays.
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
What would the season be without A Christmas Carol? The transformative power of this simple novella by Charles Dickens cannot be denied. And for years, Portland Playhouse has carried the torch, making certain those of us who never tire of the tale have a good production t0 enjoy and share with friends and family members. […]Read More
It’s a special night, indeed, when a local playwright–Ellen Margolis–can enjoy a world premiere of her own work in her own hometown. Even better, when that play is one of great intellect and wit, as Pericles Wet proved to be. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Pericles Wet reimagines the original with a contemporary twist. […]Read More
‘The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked rough and hit little kids and talked back to their teachers. So it surprised just about everybody when they decided to take part in the town’s Christmas Pageant. The Herdman […]Read More
It was Leo Tolstoy who said, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Since the financial meltdown of 2008, the United States has gained a great many more unhappy families–a fact not lost on contemporary playwright Stephen Karam, whose Pulitzer Prize Finalist play The Humans is now onstage at Artists […]Read More
Two small gems grace the stage of Portland Center Stage’s Ellyn Bye Studio from now through December 31. One is a vintage Christmas classic by Truman Capote; the second is a brand new production that is to Portland and of Portland. I would walk miles to see and hear Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory. Once I hear […]Read More
The music’s the thing in Your Holiday Hit Parade, Broadway Rose Theatre’s holiday show that opened Friday November 24 at its New Theatre, 12850 SW Grant Avenue, Tigard. When two teachers from the Midwest become stranded on an isolated, snowy road, they stumble upon the old Aurora’s Borealis Hotel, where they decide to get out of […]Read More
Belfast Girls, Irish playwright Jaki McCarrick’s 2015 play about five young women aboard the Inchinnan, a ship bound for Australia, opened November 17–with high hopes on the part of the voyagers, and fistfights. It is the first play in Corrib Theatre’s 2017-18 season, and this is its U.S. West Coast premiere. The play documents the […]Read More
It’s been many years since Oregon Shakespeare Festival brought one of its plays to Portland, but this isn’t your typical year. This will go down as the season when Portland-area theatres decided, almost as one, to fight back against the growing inequities large and small in our country. What groups have been most affected by […]Read More