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The Topric of Capricorn

Glen Berger's O Lovely Glowworm, well, glows.

Stranded on a rubbish heap, an old, mangy goat ruminates on the lot of life and the constant agony one finds therein. Tethered to a stake and left to forage in trash, the Goat imagines himself as not ...   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2005 Steffen Silvis

First Rose

As Portland Opera opens Street Scene, Anne Jeffreys talks about her part in the piece's premiere.

The Kurt Weill-Langston Hughes-Elmer Rice musical Street Scene is one of the few Broadway shows adopted by opera (like Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and Sondheim's Sweeney Todd), and Portland Opera's curr ...   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2005 Steffen Silvis

All That Glitters

At 77, Oscar still plays as America’s favorite gold rush. Sift for treasure with WW’s annual quiz.

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What can one add to what has already been written about the media orgy that is the Oscars? How is it that this poor man’s Nobel Prize has become the most analyzed award presentation on the globe? Furt ...   More
Wednesday, February 23, 2005 Steffen Silvis

Take a Key and Lock Her Up

Talking about "color-blind" casting in a new My Fair Lady.

Portland Center Stage's new production of My Fair Lady brags of an African-American actress in the role of Eliza Doolittle in a style that seems to demand attention be paid to the company's liberality ...   More
Wednesday, February 23, 2005 Steffen Silvis

Imperfect Pitch

ART's top man takes on Arthur Miller's low man.

Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is one of the handful of modern plays that comes close to great tragedy-American equivalents to Oedipus Rex, The Oresteia and Trojan Women. Modern audiences come to ...   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2005 Steffen Silvis

Willamette Week's Poet Laureate Competition

Face it. If these past four years have proved anything, it's that the votes of thinking, literate people seldom count. So here's a chance to feel empowered. Oregon needs a Poet Laureate, and the quick ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2005 Steffen Silvis

First in the Fire: The Books of 2004

Mr. Mabon, Mr. Beres, Miz Georgene Rice, and friends:

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Thank y'all for havin' me a-visit ya here in Oregone. Ya know, not since that family-rich and godly time of the 1920s have we had the opportunity ta banish offensive books once and for all from our gl ...   More
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 Steffen Silvis

A False Dawn

Tony Kushner's rage against an age isn't quite ageless.

Tendentious drama, however earnest and politically powerful, seldom makes for masterpieces, as Tony Kushner's cry against the ascension of Reagan proves. A Bright Room Called Day is a passionate and f ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 Steffen Silvis


Ten authors. Ten stories. One city.

In a land where our top leader is a proud non-reader, is there any hope for writers? According to the National Endowment for the Arts, less than half of American adults--that's 47 percent--claim to re ...   More
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 Steffen Silvis

Foreman Foremost

Linda Austin curates another round of ontologically hysterical Richard Foreman theater.

R: "My aim in life..."I: "Do tell."R: (Pauses) "Not to interpret and understand what's encountered but rather the hope to encounter the inexplicable."Linda Austin: "I was surprised by the response." A ...   More
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 Steffen Silvis
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