The state of the state Once again, it is past mid-month and I find myself wondering how on earth this happened. The month began with several days spent in the bowels of the Multnomah County Elections Office doing the very necessary and unglamorous business of preparing ballots to be run through counting machines. Democracy isn’t […]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 Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. –George Eliot I just spent a week with one of my favorite girls–Ginger, the strawberry blond Aussie Cattle Dog. “Now that’s a proper cattle […]Read More
The State of the State Yesterday was spent on the sorting line of RR Winery. Pinot Noir grapes came in from our original vineyard on Ribbon Ridge–beautiful, plump clusters, sweeter than table grapes, fresh and bright tasting, in compact, tight clusters. For all the years I was involved with helping to start a vineyard and […]Read More
The State of the State Our 4-day trip to Mitchell covered a lot of ground even though temperatures got over 100 degrees. First full day included a trip to the Painted Hills. Then Patrick and Janet showed us pictographs left by local tribes 200-300 years ago, plus a swim in the John Day River at […]Read More
The State of the State Damn, it’s hot. I’m not complaining. I love summer, particularly those long luscious days when sunset doesn’t come until after 9 p.m. Summer is about heat. My lovely daughter and I plan to enjoy it. We have a pool date set for Tuesday that may involve lunch and some Salt […]Read More
The State of the State In western Oregon, summer has arrived with a couple of very warm days followed by some very East Coast thunderstorms. Rest and repeat. Today is the longest day of the year, so happy Solstice everyone! I’ve made Chicken Paprikash twice since we returned from our Grand Tour of the Danube. […]Read More
The State of the State Having enjoyed two weeks in a different world, it has taken a bit of time to get back on my feet. As I wrote my April newsletter, I was headed to Europe and I anticipated I know not what. There would be the river cruise down the Danube, plus time […]Read More
The State of the State Unless I break something between now and Tuesday morning, the die is cast. Long-awaited trip to Parts Unknown–for me at least. Wynne and I are flying out of Portland, taking a nonstop to Amsterdam, from there to Prague. I have never been there, but my late son Ian loved the […]Read More
The State of the State I left y’all last month on the cusp of my trip to Tucson. If I went there to get sunshine, I was sorely disappointed. During my time there, more than two inches of water dumped from the sky–just like home. It was worse in Oregon, where there were snow flurries […]Read More
Reviews Well Played.
Musings and reviews of theatrical plays.
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. –Proverbs 11:29 Since the 2016 election, theatres in the greater Portland area have stepped up to the task of asking their audiences to examine their beliefs, prejudices, and world views through the live performance […]Read More
“I have no plan,” announces the guru-like Teacher (Mary McDonald-Lewis) to a gathering of six disparate and mostly miserable souls in Bess Wohl‘s Small Mouth Sounds now running on the Alder Stage at Artists Repertory Theatre. The six are gathered at a silent meditation retreat in a rainy woodland setting. No cell phones. No outside food. […]Read More
“My sense is that American character lives not in one place or the other,” playwright Anna Deavere Smith writes in her introduction to her Pulitzer Prize-finalist play Fires in the Mirror, “but in the gaps between the places, and in our struggle to be together in our differences.” In this phenomenal play, now at Profile […]Read More
Somewhere in the west of Ireland, a group of immigrants waits for something to happen. They are housed in a row of caravans, bored, and new to Ireland. They want to go to work, to fit in, but options are limited. After much reflection, a group of them decides to form a hurling team. It’s […]Read More
Adam Bock’s A Life is a play about Nate Martin (Nat DeWolf), a gay man of a certain age. Directed by Rose Riordan, the play was commissioned by Portland Center Stage, workshopped at the 2014 JAW festival in Portland, and is now onstage in the Ellyn Bye Studio at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. This […]Read More
“Is it now?” Guy (Michael O’Connell) asks. He is sprawled, half-dressed, in front of a wheelchair in a room that is empty save for some large boxes at the side of the stage. “I thought I had more time.” Lights out. The next time we see Guy, he is dressed and in the wheelchair, looking […]Read More
The Color Purple opens with two little girls–Celie (Felicia Bosworth) and her younger sister Nettie (Danea C. Osseni)–giggling and playing a game. Flash to 14-year-old Celie holding a baby, her second. Pa (C. Mingo Long) takes the baby from her. We’re certain he’s going to kill it. Traditionally, Portland Center Stage begins each season with […]Read More
Four New Yorkers in a city of eight million souls look just like any other four New Yorkers. Warren (Seth M. Renne) peddles pamphlets with upbeat sayings on a Manhattan street corner. Angry small town girl Deb (Quinlan Fitzgerald) comes to the city for graduate school. Claire (Kailey Rhodes) and Jason (Benjamin Tissell) decide to […]Read More
Abby Binder (Randi Douglas) is a grouch. And it’s no secret that she doesn’t want a roommate. Never has. When she is assigned one at the senior living facility where she resides, she understandably objects. Marilyn Dunne (Anita Sorel) is just too darned cheerful. And she makes noise. This is the setup for Pulitzer Prize […]Read More