The prolific novelist talks up gun violence and the rule of law.
T.C. Boyle may very well be the master of topical
literature. Told through expertly crafted prose, his novels manage to
delicately dissect issues like illegal immigration (1995’s The Tortilla
Theater for the screen-addicted masses, with cake and hate-fucking.
Who says theater has to be highbrow? Can’t there be
quality for the TV crowd? Action/Adventure Theatre’s second Pilot Season
recaptures audiences numbed by endless zombie killing and incestu
When Sean Bowie strolls onstage at the Headwaters, stark naked and carrying a clipboard, it sets an appropriate tone for his new solo show, Genuis. Though there’s no nudity in the rest of this Fertile Ground performance—aside from a brief clip from the 1984 ski bum movie Hot Dog—Bowie does spend the next 70 minutes l...
5200 NE Sacramento St., 284-6617,
[HIDDEN IN HOLLYWOOD] First, let me apologize to the good people of Hollywood and Rose City Park for outing this gem to the
Erika T. Wurth is Apache, Chickasaw and
Cherokee, but she did not grow up on a reservation. She was raised in a
culturally mixed Denver suburb, where she witnessed both the stereotypes
A review of Portland Center Stage's season-opening musical.
Mirroring the meteoric rise and personal turmoil of the Supremes, the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls is steeped in Motown rhythms, racial struggles and lots of sequins. Young Chicago trio the Dreamettes finds early success singing backup for Jimmy “Thunder” Early (played with fiery aplomb by David Jennings, he’s the show’s most interesting character). The power-hungry...
A self-taught poet learned to write at the public library and in the aisles of Powell’s Books.
Hundreds of thousands of words have been written about
love. Letters, books, plays, songs, movies and certainly poems have all
been patched into shapes that try to tell us how love feels. Some
James Ellroy’s novels inhabit a nostalgic zone, where
women are dames and cops throw back whiskey to take the edge off after a
day at a grisly crime scene. His “L.A. Quartet”��
A review of Jonathan Larson's musical at Triangle Productions.
Jonathan Larson is feeling anxious. He’s about to turn 30 and is still waiting tables in New York while struggling to get his long-slaved-over rock musical produced. Of course, he did ultimately succeed in getting a rock show on Broadway, but not before his untimely death at age 35. You’ve probably heard of it. That show was Rent. But before his work became widely known, Larson wrote
Like any good drug offering a temporary escape from the
banality of life, serial fiction can quickly become addictive. I speak
from the experience of a user. I’ll be clean for months, dutifully