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 […]
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.
The house on Maple Avenue is a brilliantly restored Victorian, beautiful, perfect inside and out. It’s on the local historic tours. Alison Bechdel’s (Allison Mickelson) father Bruce (Robert Mammana) couldn’t be prouder. He is the one who did the exacting work, who prowled old barns and garage sales with his daughter (Small Alison, Aida Valentine) […]Aida Valentine, Alison Bechdel, Allison MIckelson, Chris Coleman, coming out, drama, Faith Sandberg, family drama, Fun Home, graphic novel, Jeanine Tesori, Joe Knispel, Karsten George, Kirsten DiMercurio, Lisa Kron, Portland Center Stage, Robert Mammana, Sara Masterson, Theo Curl, William Bloodgood