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Marty Hughley
Marty Hughley is a Portland journalist who writes about theater, dance, music and culture. His honors have included a National Arts Journalism Program fellowship at the University of Georgia, a fellowship at the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater at the University of Southern California, and first-place awards for arts reporting in the Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competitions. In 2013 he was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame for his contributions to the industry. A Portland native, Hughley studied history at Portland State University, worked at the alternative newsweekly Willamette Week in the late 1980s as pop music critic and arts editor, then spent nearly a quarter century at The Oregonian as a reporter, feature writer and critic. His recent freelance work has appeared in Oregon ArtsWatch, Artslandia and the Oregon Humanities magazine. He lives with his cat, and dies a little with each new setback to the Trail Blazers.

DramaWatch: Desire and Fertile Ground

Eleanor O’Brien talks about how the new-works festival has sparked her sex-positive shows. Plus the festival’s Week 2 and the “Anastasia” tour.

DramaWatch: Brain food at ‘Barbecue’

This week at the theater: Chewing over the issues in Portland Playhouse’s prism on race and language; “Mean Girls” and 600 Highwaymen hit town; last chances & more.

DramaWatch: The malevolence of birds

Imago’s Jerry Mouawad talks about the Covid-era fear factor in Conor McPherson’s tense and anxious stage version of “The Birds.” Plus: Stage openings & closings.

DramaWatch: At Corrib, a passing of the Irish torch

Also in a busy week: A “Barbecue” at Portland Playhouse, “The Chinese Lady” at Artists Rep, a “Peep” from The Reformers and a “Lonely Vampire” from Imago, “Danse Macabre” returns, plus plays onscreen.

Belling Shakespeare’s cat

Fertile Ground 2021: Sue Mach’s “Madonna of the Cat” fills in the 16-year gap in Shakespeare’s “Winter’s Tale.”

DramaWatch: Punch-Drunk Life

“She’s crazy. Always has been. Always will be.” Imago’s “Special K” drinks deep of theatrical madness.

DramaWatch: Monster Mash-Up

Clown CoHort cavorts through Romanticism’s fertile ground; openings & closings dot the theater calendar.

DramaWatch: Uncommon Ground

Fresh voices, surprising ideas emerge at Fertile Ground – and the theater week stays busy elsewhere, too.

DramaWatch: Sarah Ruhl’s Almond Joy

“Melancholy Play” is a whimsical reminder that sometimes you feel like a nut. Plus: holiday treats and Portland theater Christmas stuffing.

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