It’s official! The Man Who Wasn’t There will be launched officially on Wednesday, September 23, 7 p.m. at Annie Bloom’s Books in Multnomah Village! If you can read this you’re invited. Annie’s is my neighborhood go-to bookstore. Unlike that other Portland bookstore, it probably is not internationally known, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s a […]

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There are two small town cops and a pyramid of donuts. There’s an oversexed and under-loved accountant who keeps removing her clothing. There’s  an embezzling mayor. There are two bedrooms–make that two adjoining budget motel rooms–with interesting hardware on the headboards. Throw in  a Highland hit man decked out in Scottish ceremonial gear, a security guy […]

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Those of you who know me personally are aware that I, like my fictional heroine Emma Golden,  lived in Yamhill County for 20 years. Harry, Ian, Wynne, and I moved out there in 1986 after I found a ruin of a house in downtown Newberg and decided that it needed the kind of help only we […]

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He’s young, he’s handsome, he wears weird pants, and he’s constitutionally incapable of telling the truth, even when it would be easier. Meet Dorante (Chris Murray) in Artists Repertory Theatre’s laugh-out-loud funny production of The Liar.  Committed to spinning yarns as he goes, Dorante justifies himself by saying, “My wits will weave what memory can’t supply.” As the […]

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Amy Herzog’s award-winning play 4000 Miles, now playing at Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre, opens with the end of one journey and the beginning of another as Leo Joseph-Connell (Joshua J. Weinstein) and his grandmother Vera Joseph (Vana O’Brien) collide at 3 a.m. in the living room of her apartment. Leo, along with his bicycle, have ridden 4000 […]

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It’s hard to beat a good coming of age story–particularly one involving a recently orphaned boy, a crazy auntie, bathtub gin, and most of the rhinestones in Portland. Lakewood Theatre in Lake Oswego brings it all to the stage in its charming and energetic production of the popular musical Mame! (Book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert […]

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