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Darleen Ortega

Darleen Ortega has been a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals since 2003 and is the first woman of color and the only Latina to serve in that capacity.  She has been writing about theater and films as an “opinionated judge” for many years out of pure love for both.

Ashland on the big stage: light yet bright

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor-theater “Jane Eyre” and “Much Ado About Nothing” don’t plumb all the depths, but both succeed as sparkling entertainment.

Ashland’s ‘Lizard Boy,’ ‘Virgins to Villains’

Review: Robin Goodrin Nordli’s trek through a lifetime of playing Shakespeare’s women and Justin Huertas’ superhero musical about a guy with scaly green skin light up the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s intimate Thomas Theatre.

Seeing America in a hazy orange tone

Review: Profile Theatre’s premiere of christopher oscar peña’s “our orange sky” tells an immigrant story steeped in ambition, family discord, and pursuit of the American Dream.

Ashland sinks its teeth into ‘Macbeth’

As the Oregon Shakespeare Festival emerges from pandemic woes, the Scottish play and “Born with Teeth” shine brightly with smart design, pared-down staging and top-flight acting.

In Ashland, a pair of winners at OSF

The intimate solo shows “Smote This” and “Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender” dive compellingly into soulful matters – and they run at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival only into May.

Dracula: The women fight back

Review: In Kate Hamill’s toothsome update “Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really” at Portland Center Stage, the tables are deliciously turned.

A ‘Hair’ with its heart on its sleeve

Center Stage’s revival of the 1968 musical of youthful protest and rebellion reclaims the anger, joy, and love for a new era of cultural and political divisiveness and disarray.

A ‘Midsummer’ to dream about

Review: Portland Center Stage’s fresh take on Shakespeare’s comedy is a nimble, playful, genderfluid, and not at all didactic delight.

Hell is auditioning at a certain age

Sharon Maroney’s new musical “Audition From Hell” at Broadway Rose takes a breezy but pointed trip into the perils and pitfalls of backstage life.

A double road trip across America

Center Stage’s premiere of Lauren Yee’s time-tripping “Young Americans” follows three people into the heart and soul of the immigrant experience.

Review: ‘Welcome to Arroyo’s’

Hip hop and graffiti drive the action in Profile’s production of Kristoffer Diaz’s play about Puerto Rican identity in New York’s gentrifying Lower East Side.

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