‘Much Ado’: Where’s the story?

The “nothing” in Much Ado About Nothing has multiple meanings. In Shakespeare’s time, as in our own, it could be used to refer to something inconsequential, not worth “noting.” This play asks us: What do we notice in our lives? How does this affect our ability to love and be loved?  Bag&Baggage’s adaptation of Much […]

‘Sirens of Coos Bay’ & ‘Peter/Wendy’: sporadic magic

At its best, theater makes magic happen onstage. Fairy tales do the same on the page. So I had high hopes for a pair of short-run May Portland theater productions that updated magical children’s tales. Unfortunately, while each provided sporadic moments of stage sorcery, neither could overcome decidedly un-enchanting scripts. Mermaid Meets Music Man Portland […]

DramaWatch: Can’t pay? Must pay.

“To all professional theatre companies and their donors and sponsors, Susan and I will no longer donate to organizations paying less than minimum wage.” On July 6, that simple message was posted to the Facebook page of Leonard Magazine, who, along with his wife, Susan, is surely among the most devoted of Portland-area theater fans. […]

‘Death and the Maiden’ review: a history of violence

A man bound and gagged. A woman pointing a gun at him. Confess his crime against her, or else. You can’t ask for a much tenser set up than that. Death and the Maiden keeps the audience wondering throughout: did he do it, and will she do it? One of those questions will be resolved before […]