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DramaWatch: Imago in Pirandelloland

Jerry Mouawad and Drew Pisarra’s new “Voiceover” dips into dance and sound with an existential twist. Plus the JAW new plays festival, a Stan Foote tribute, openings and closings.

Bobby Bermea: On touching and fighting

A sea change is happening in America’s rehearsal halls – and combat and intimacy choreographers are piloting the ship of theater into new waters.

DramaWatch: Will Vinton’s stage ‘Kiss’

The late Claymation master’s musical-theater adaptation of “The Frog Prince” debuts at Lakewood, Twilight opens the Portland premiere of an E.M. Lewis play, “Hadestown” hits Puddletown.

Connie Carley, PassinArt co-founder, dies

Carley, 72, was a guiding force for the Portland Black theater company for 40 years and a deeply admired figure in the city’s arts and nonprofit worlds.

DramaWatch: More sugar in the Chekhov tea

PETE’s “Cherry Orchard” is an energizing jolt of the sweetly unexpected. Plus the opening of “Desperate Measures” and last chance for “Bad World” and “The Music Man.”

Bobby Bermea: Au Revoir, Elgin

After traveling cross-state to play Othello, a Portland actor bids a fond farewell to a brand new Shakespeare festival and its small town in the northeast corner of Oregon.

DramaWatch: Chekhov for modern times

PETE’s radically slimmed-down “Cherry Orchard” streamlines a classic. Plus Risk/Reward, last chance for “Mr. Madam,” and more.

Bobby Bermea: Welcome to Elgin

In far northeastern Oregon, the curtain’s rising on a brand new Shakespeare festival. A Portland actor revels in the adventure.

DramaWatch: Rhinos & cheap Italian food

Imago’s “Julia’s Place” starts with Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” and then stampedes off to an Italian restaurant. Plus openings, closings, and a little improv “Weekend at Bernie’s.”