The curtain has fallen on another year of great books, and it’s time to take stock of what has passed. Nearly six months ago I did a little mid-year check in, and I realize that most of the great books I read last year were during that first six months. For personal reasons, I sought escape […]

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Imagine a brilliant mind imprisoned in a young body. No sight. No sounds. No boundaries. No codes. Angry, frustrated, confused, enraged. Her well-meaning parents want to love her, but how can they when they have no peace? Young Helen Keller has no way to express herself beyond acting out physically. Desperate, they hire a governess. This […]

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Charles Dickens is rolling in his grave. Portland Center Stage’s most recent production, The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens, completely disrespects the poor old guy and everything he stood for in this goofy rendition of that holiday classic A Christmas Carol. Co-written by former Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort, Twist Your Dickens […]

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