CRAZY, AGAIN: When Storm Large’s Drammy-winning one-woman show Crazy Enough, which premiered at Portland Center Stage last March, hits the New York stage, the production will not include Crazy director Chris Coleman, who is also artistic director for PCS. The buzz from theater industry sources is that negotiations with New York producers to stage the show have hinged on booting the PDX director from the production, a development that’s reportedly got Coleman, who persuaded the foul-mouthed rock star to do the show in the first place, fuming. According to Trisha Mead, PR and publications manager for PCS, both New York Theater Workshop and Public Theater are interested in remounting the show, although she denies there’s a firm deal with any party. She says she hasn’t heard about the director swap, but a shake-up wouldn’t be all that unexpected. “With a traditional stage play, there isn’t an expectation that when a play is produced by another company they will hire the same director,” she says. Coleman did not respond to repeated attempts for comment. Storm’s keeping mum on the subject for now: “I really can’t comment at this time about any of this, as nothing is in stone,” Large wrote WW recently.
SPORTS SWAP: A new bar at 110 SW Yamhill St. may have stumbled on a winning formula. The soon-to-be-opened MVP Sports Bar and Grill will combine sports, rooftop drinking and a full Thai menu. Why, yes, we would like some gang dang curry while we watch the playoffs.
FOSTER CARE:Foster Burger, the Foster-Powell diner-food love child of Daniel Mondok, Kurt Huffman and Andy Ricker, opened last Wednesday at 5339 SE Foster Road. In short: It’s very tasty. Best bet: the Fosterburger with blue cheese. Best special: the black-and-white fries with Parmesan, black truffle, a fried egg and squid-ink aioli. Best deal: The $4 pickle plate, which according to Mondok includes: “squid ink pickled eggs, spicy pickled cauliflower, Pernod pickled fennel with star anise, curry-honey pickled carrots, tamari, pickled mushrooms, pickled beets, balsamic-vanilla pickled pearl onions, pickled red onions...uh, and whatever I feel like pickling that day or week.”
TIME SHARE: Los Angeles indie-folk outfit the Parson Red Heads isn’t moving to Portland just yet—it’s just living here for a month. The quintet—which originally hails from Eugene—is moving back from Los Angeles to play weekly shows in Portland, Seattle and Eugene, with a Monday-night residency at the White Eagle beginning Feb. 1. Guests will include friends like Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper) and Scott McCaughey (the Minus 5, R.E.M.), and the shows will give the group a chance to showcase new material. We’ve got good money on the Red Heads making a permanent move later this year.