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. […]
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 […]2016 Tony Award Best Play, 21st Century American experience, Artists Repertory Theatre, Damaso Rodriguez, dramatic play, John San Nicolas, Luisa Sermol, Obie Award, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Quinlan Fitzgerald, regional premiere, Robert Pescovitz, Stephen Karam, Thanksgiving, The Humans, Val Landrum, Vana O'Brien, working class milieu
Caught by Christopher Chen, directed by Shawn Lee is a different kind of theatrical experience. Artists Repertory Theatre sets the scene, with an exhibit by the Chinese dissident artist Lin Bo in the theatre’s upstairs lobby and within the theatre itself. Most of us are not accustomed to viewing an art exhibit as part of attending […]Artists Repertory Theatre, Chinese dissident artist, Chris Harder, Christopher Chen, cultural appropriation, Dmae Roberts, fake news, Greg Watanabe, Horatio Hung-Yan Law, Lin Bo, Samson Syharath, Sara Hennessy, Shawn Lee
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 […]2017 Solar Eclipse, Alison Bechdel, An Octoroon, Artists Repertory Theatre, book reviews, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, drama, Fun Home, Iain Banks, Jeanine Tesori, Jessmyn Ward, Lisa Kron, Mitchell OR, murder, Musicals, mystery-suspense, National Book Award, Portland Center Stage, Salvage the Bones, satire, Scotland, Sen. Jeff Merkeley, Stonemouth, Tony Award, Washington D.C.
It’s a modern (2014) play based on an old play (1859). It’s a madcap melodrama with a golden-haired hero and a lecherous villain. It’s a chilling statement on race. An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins opened at Artists Repertory Theatre last Saturday. Co-directed by Artist Rep Artistic Director Damaso Rodriguez and Lava Alapai, the play begins […]Alex Ramirez de Cruz, An Octoroon, Andrea Vernae, antebellum South, Artists Repertory Theatre, Ayanna Berkshire, Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins, Damaso Rodriguez, Dion Boucicault, Jimmy Garcia, John San Nicolas, Joseph Gibson, Josie Seid, Kailey Rhodes, Lava Alapai, melodrama, meta-melodrama, Michael Mendelson, Minstrel shows, racism in America, satire, The Octoroon