Thanksgiving is the perfect day for hanging out and taking stock. I am not doing dinner this year. Wynne took over, and has been directing the show. I imagine we’ll be dining later on one of her brined turkeys. The one she made last Christmas was the best turkey I have ever eaten, so I […]

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Being a heart-throb matinee idol is a tough job for anyone, and only the strongest survive the constant adoration of women, as actor Garry Essendine (Gary Powell) can attest in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, now playing at Lakewood Theatre through December 13. The play opens with the very young Daphne Stillington (Brenan Dwyer), clad in a man’s […]

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Last Thursday the move from my home in Lower Hillsdale Heights was accomplished–something I’d been building toward since late last August when I realized it was time to sell and picked up the phone. Although it has been arduous, and seemingly endless, things actually moved quickly. There was the cleaning things out for staging, cleaning things […]

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Three names: John Biguenet, Vana O’Brien, Gemma Whelan. Throw them into the boiling pot, stir with eye of newt, and presto! It’s Broomstick, a tour de force one-woman show that runs at Artists Repertory Theatre through November 22. Playwright John Biguenet is creator of Broomstick. A New Orleans native, Biguenet is perhaps best known for […]

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Portland Center Stage’s new show, Ain’t Misbehavin’, barely gives the audience a moment to catch its breath. This fast-paced and colorful production is a musical review of the songs of Thomas “Fats” Waller–a child of the Harlem Renaissance who embraced the era where he came of age, prolifically wrote music about life in Harlem, played in all […]

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The seed of an idea was sown as Rebecca and I were driving to Spokane last Friday. We were just north of Kennewick when we passed a tow truck. It was white with pink trim and a banner painted across the back of the cab that read “Towing for Tatas”. There were those little pink […]

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If you’re like me, wondering whether you should attend Portland Center Stage’s most recent production, the Laura Eason play Sex with Strangers, you can relax. The play is much tamer than many with less suggestive titles. It’s the psychological blood and guts of having a relationship that makes this work so interesting. Sex with Strangers, it turns out, is […]

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A major theatrical endeavor came to fruition last week in Portland–a collaboration between  Artists Repertory Theatre, the all-Cuban timba band Tiempo Libre, and actor-playwright Carlos Lacamara. Lacamara’s first musical, the play depicts the lives of Cubans living in Fidel Castro’s “special period in a time of peace”. It was right after the collapse of the […]

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OK, here I am in a cozy condo in Lake Oswego. I didn’t originally plan to transition so quickly, but here’s the deal. I’d wake up in one place with no underpants and go to bed in the other without a toothbrush. My life had become unmanageable. Plus, it made me sad to sit around the half-empty house […]

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