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DramaWatch: A new/old Ashland season

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s just-announced 2025 season sounds like old times, with contemporary twists. In Portland, Third Rail hangs out at the mall; “She Persists” a bit longer.

‘Cocktails with George and Martha’

Review: Philip Gefter’s book about Edward Albee’s culture-shattering play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” tells the tale of how its movie version rocked the cinematic world, too.

DramaWatch: Blonde on a Bum Trip

Fuse’s 14th OUTwright Theatre Festival opens with Mikki Gillette’s backstage comedy. Also: Boom Arts’ “History of Empires,” a spot of Sondheim, a waggish “Go, Dog. Go!”

DramaWatch: Arf! says Sandy

Joining the sassy orphan and her dancing billionaire on this week’s stages are a medieval “Everyman” update, several worthy mid-run shows, and a pair of catch-’em-quicks-before-they-close.

Bobby Bermea: All along the ‘Borderline’

12-year-old actors Eli Ingraffea and Mila Kashiwabara talk about the joys and challenges of starring in Milagro’s new play about surviving along the Southwest border – complete with ghosts.

DramaWatch: It’s ‘Uncle Vanya’ time

A welcome Chekhov return. Also this week: Hand2Mouth’s devised “Memento Mori,” ghost stories in Milagro’s “Borderline,” Oregon crashes the Tony and Drama Desk Award parties.

Bobby Bermea: Ken Yoshikawa, man on a mission

The Portland poet, actor and playwright, whose “From a Hole in the Ground” has just opened in a co-production from Corrib and Alberta House, is “interested in breaking the rules of reality.”

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.

Oregon playwrights, seeding Fertile Ground

PDX Playwrights and LineStorm Playwrights help Oregon writers get their scripts onstage at the just-concluded annual festival of new works – and beyond.

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.

DramaWatch: Rock around the Fertile Ground clock

Ready for the sprint? Portland’s foremost festival of new works returns with 65 projects over 10 days April 12-21. Plus: Carol Triffle goes Neanderthal at Imago, NYC kudos for PDX, more.

Bobby Bermea: Six picks from Fertile Ground

As Portland’s sprawling 10-day festival of new performance prepares to hit the stage running, the creators of half a dozen fresh shows talk about what they’re doing and why.

A farewell to Christopher Durang

The brilliantly brittle comic author of “Beyond Therapy” and “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” who has died at 75, left a lasting mark on Oregon’s theater scene beginning in the 1980s.

Regrowth: Fertile Ground rises again

Greater Portland’s festival of new performance returns after a long dry spell to showcase and generate new sprouts of Oregon-grown theater.

DramaWatch: Send in the Clowns Without Borders

A host of clowns and colorful performers prepare a pair of shows to support the international aid group. Plus: Shakespeare north & south, “Yohen,” “Nassim,” Laurie Anderson, “Resurrection,” and more.

Stage & Studio: Master playwright Philip Kan Gotanda

The veteran playwright, screenwriter, and opera librettist, whose play “Yohen” is about to open in Portland, talks on a new podcast about his career and the rise of Asian-American theater.

DramaWatch: Springtime & Shakespeare

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival shifts into its ’24 season with “Macbeth” and three other shows. Plus: Openings, last chances, a Steep & Thorny party, a pre-peek at Fertile Ground.

Exploring race through theater at The Reser

Recent productions “North” and Red Door Project’s “The Evolve Experience” highlight the Beaverton arts center’s socially responsive programming.

Bobby Bermea: Devising the future at Hand2Mouth

The Portland theater company’s Youth Devising Residency program teaches young people stage skills and more. The show they created, “What Brings You Here?,” is at PSU March 7-9.

All Rise: A new playwright steps onstage

Bobby Bermea: Promising writer and recent high school grad Evan McCreary gets a weekend of readings at IFCC with talent and a little help from his older friends.

Octavio Solis’s ‘Quixote Nuevo’ quest

The Oregon playwright’s contemporary twist on Cervantes’ classic tale has tilted at a few shifting windmills of its own on its long journey to Portland Center Stage.

DramaWatch: Alex Hurt, beyond father and son

The actor, son of Oscar winner William Hurt, co-stars at 21ten theater in “A Number,” Caryl Churchill’s play about a father/son relationship. But he’s carving his own path.

Review: ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’

Heidi Schreck’s bracing play at Portland Center Stage dives smartly and entertainingly into the serious issues of the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. Constitution.

DramaWatch: 21ten’s winning ‘Number’

A taut, terrific staging of Caryl Churchill’s speculative drama kicks off Portland theater’s “second season.” Plus: OSF Ashland stars on a new stage; how companies weathered the weather.

Letter from Seattle: 7 winter stage picks

From a Cirque du Soleil hit to updates on Don Quixote and Maxim Gorky to an opera about Malcolm X and more, Seattle’s stages are bringing some heat to the chilly season.

Charles Grant’s rising star in Portland theater

Since arriving in town in 2016, Grant has made his mark in an array of roles on stage and film. Now he’s Portland Playhouse’s producing director, and director of this year’s hit “A Christmas Carol.”

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