When four white people–an earnest vegan, a militant new-ager, a frustrated history teacher, and a paid actress–get together to produce a culturally sensitive play about the first Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month…well, it gives one pause. In the World Premiere of Larissa FastHorse‘s fast-paced satire The Thanksgiving Play at Artists Repertory Theatre, four […]
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 […]A Christmas Carol, Bobby Mort, Chantal DeGroat, Charles Dickens, comedy, Craig Cackowski, Darius Pierce, humor, improvisational comedy, Jaime Moyer, Lauren Modica, Nicholas Kessler, Peter Gwinn, Portland Center Stage, Ron West, Sam Dinkowitz, satire, The Second City, Twist Your Dickens
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
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. […]1950 America, comedy, Dusty the cat, Erik James, Gore Vidal, Jeremy Southard, Julie Elizabeth Knell, Lakewood Theatre, Lakewood Theatre Company, Melissa Sondergard, Paul Harestad, satire, social satire, Tobias Anderson, Tom Hermanson, Visit to a Small Planet