In its fifth year, Fertile Ground showcases new, local work.
It’s a big year for the annual Fertile Ground festival.
The 11-day bender of locally produced new works of theater and dance
turns 5 this year, and once again the lineup overwhelms. The number o
Devon, the central character in The Huntsmen,
is an awkward and fidgety teen, the vice president of his high school’s
glee club and the child of divorced parents—his father is a lawyer and
Portland’s proto-foodie dishes up less than a satisfying meal.
Opera music booms and steam spills out from beneath the giant onstage refrigerator as I Love to Eat begins.
As the song builds and steam obscures the floor, James Beard (Rob
Nagle) strides out of
In 2001, Oregon City teenagers Miranda Gaddis and Ashley
Pond disappeared, and local playwright Susan Mach found herself
confronted with billboards of the girls’ faces. Both intrigued and
Touring the city with native proto-foodie James Beard.
James Beard would probably be very proud of what Portland has become.
the foodie icon was born here in 1903, Portland was barely out of its
pioneer days. But Beard’s young adult life was
She’s a gorgeous parasite, a kept woman
and a deranged femme fatale, but Nastasya Filippovna Barashkov, from
Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot, is not easy to pigeonhole.
Director Viacheslav Do
The obligatory holiday productions have taken their final
curtain calls, and Portland theaters can return to what they do best:
distracting us from our city’s slobbery weather. The following
The playwright George Bernard Shaw did
not craft subtle plots. That’s clear from the first minutes of his
anti-militarism comedy Arms and the Man, in which Bluntschli, a
Swiss mercenary, crash
When the title character in King Hedley II talks
about the man he murdered—a crime for which he just served seven years
in prison—he summons a sharp allusion. “I got the atomic bomb as far a
Christmas is a divisive holiday. There
are those who decorate their lawns in November and revel in each
tinsel-strewn moment with the slack-jawed grin and open wallet of a
Midwesterner at Disney