January Newsletter

The State of the State The holidays are past. Thank goodness. They were fine, except for a few last minute glitches from the weather. Nothing serious. A little ice. Lots of good food and a bit of traditional music and bright lights. Significant infusions of butter. For me, looking back on the year that was […]

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September Newsletter

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 […]

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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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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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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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Those who attend Artist Repertory Theatre’s season opener, The Understudy, will find themselves privy to the most misbegotten rehearsal in the history of theatre. This is no exaggeration. Three players playing two actors and a stage manager rehearsing a fictional Franz Kafka play. A theatre with a ghost in the machine. Absurdity. But isn’t that what Kafka’s all […]

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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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During the first act of Artists Repertory Theatre’s astute revival of The Price by Arthur Miller, the audience is led to believe that we may get a break from the usual Miller world of desire, disappointment, and dysfunction.  During Act I we are lulled into a world where a Santa Claus of a Jewish antiques dealer […]

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