It’s Thanksgiving Day 2000, and everyone in a certain East Village apartment are up to the task except the hostess, Ellen (Beth Thompson). She is obsessing about the results from the recent Gore vs. Bush Presidential election, which, because of Florida’s sketchy voting system, remain undecided. Not only is Ellen obsessed, in Lisa Kron’s timely […]
We are the secretaries and we do things secretarial And once a month we kill a guy and cut him up for burial It’s a slasher play. It’s a comedy. No, it’s a black and bloody satire. It’s over the top. And it’s dangerous–particularly if one is a lumberjack in Big Bone, Oregon. It’s […]Andrea White, Babs Davy, Claire Rigsby, dark comedy, Dawn Monique Williams, Dominique Dibbell, drama, homopobia, homosexuality, Jamie M. Rea, Jen Rowe, Kelly Godell, Lisa Kron, lumberjacks, Maureen Angelos, Meg Wilkerson, misogyny, Peg Healey, Profile Theatre, satire, The Five Lesbian Brothers, The Secretaries, Wanda Walden
In 2.5 Minute Ride, now onstage at Profile Theatre, playwright Lisa Kron takes a slice of her own life and builds it into something universal. Each summer, the Kron family faithfully visited Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, to ride the rollercoasters. Not everybody rode the rollercoasters. But Lisa and her father did–even when he […]2.5 Minute Ride, Allison MIckelson, Anna Deavere Smith, Auschwitz, Cedar Point Amusement Park, drama, Holocaust survivors, humor, Jane Unger, Lesbian playwrights, Lisa Kron, live theatre, Profile Theatre, roller coasters, The Holocaust
Thinking back today about what a wonderful time I had reviewing plays in 2017, it occurred to me that a round-up of my favorites might be a good thing to do. So, without further fussing around, here it is: Astoria Part I, by Chris Coleman, ran last January at Portland Center Stage. Adapted from Peter […]Alison Bechdel, An Octoroon, Andrew Lippa, Artists Repertory Theatre, Astoria Part 1, Astoria Part 2, Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire, best plays 2017, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Chris Coleman, Ellen Margolis, Fun Home, His Eye Was On The Sparrow, Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron, Luis Alfaro, Marshall Brickman, Michael Mendelson, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oscar Wilde, Pericles Wet, Peter Stark, Portland Center Stage, Portland Shakespeare Project, Portland theatre, Rick Elice, The Addams Family, The Importance of Being Ernest
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.