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Children of the Horn

Michael Lasswell turns a novel into child's play.

The key to understanding Michael Lasswell's approach to his adaptation of H.L. Davis' novel Honey in the Horn can be found within the director's notes in the playbill. Here, Lasswell has written a ...   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2002 Steffen Silvis


Movie Reviews & Stories
The suburbs became as important to American cinema after World War II as they were to land developers, spawning what now looks like a whole film genre. Though the '50s and early '60s appear to be ...   More
Wednesday, November 13, 2002 Steffen Silvis

Dead End

Imago's take on Ionesco is grave.

Eugene Ionesco's play is an absurdist farceur's translation of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross' On Death and Dying. Berenger (Ionesco's Everyman and an alter ego), king of a collapsed realm, is dying. ...   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2002 Steffen Silvis

Q&A: Lewis Lapham

Harper's editor pans the Bush war(s).

News Stories
Lewis Lapham is the type of social critic who frightens members of the American ruling class, as, like Gore Vidal, he's one of them. His family helped found Texaco, and his grandfather was the may ...   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2002 Steffen Silvis

Oregonized Publishing

Powell's new publishing venture brings regional classics back to the shelf.

Perhaps the best way to gauge the historic diversity in Oregon literature is to consider the first two titles published by the new Powell's Press, which take the reader from the sylvan environs of ...   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2002 Steffen Silvis


Two popular cafes, Cafe Lena and La Patisserie, have changed hand and style.

Food Reviews & Stories
Considering we live in a country whose historical memory rarely exceeds last week, there are a surprising number of restaurants in Portland that have defied the fashion of disposability. Along wit ...   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2002 Steffen Silvis


Stage Direct is trying to lure people back to the theater through video.

Theater. The great invalid is on life-support in America. Outside of a few dedicated theater towns (Minneapolis, Chicago, perhaps Seattle), theater has all but flat-lined. Sadly, it's no longer an ...   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2002 Steffen Silvis

A Kind of Conquest

Quintessence Theatre tries to get to the essence of one of Shakespeare's "problem" plays.

It's too easy to dismiss Cymbeline, though the play is worthy of harsh criticism. It possesses some of the worst lines in Shakespeare (though there are some honeyed words amid the hackery), it's p ...   More
Wednesday, July 17, 2002 Steffen Silvis

The Big Top Is Back

Cirque du Soleil returns to town pulling a new wagon of wonders.

Cirque naysayers--en garde! There are a few out there who question Cirque du Soleil's hype. They say Cirque is formulaic, manipulative and tired. Really? What do you call the wide eyes the perform ...   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2002 Steffen Silvis

Good Neighbors

ART can't avoid what lies in Moises Kaufman's Laramie.

Moises Kaufman's The Laramie Project is American propaganda. In an earnest attempt to understand the meanings behind the murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was brutally beaten to death ...   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2002 Steffen Silvis
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