Fertile Ground Diaries: Revival

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As far as Christian revivalist conversion concerts go, Revival is surprisingly pleasant. Local folk band the Skidmore Bluffs don Amish-style outfits to become the Roving Wheels of Christ, led by the de-frocked Reverend Isaac Noble (Josh Gulotta). With their Mumford-esque ballads, the Roving Wheels would fit in at any Portland open-mic night. This self-produced musical, part of the Fertile Ground festival, ...   More
 
Sunday, February 2, 2014 ENID SPITZ

Fertile Ground Diaries: Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Cafe

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With comical performances and a modern-day twist on the Shakespearean voice, Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Cafe is a high-energy, engaging show set in New Orleans during the liveliest time of year, Mardi Gras. The cast balances hilarity and wackiness throughout with their quick inventive rhymes, sparkly costumes and songs. The play, written and directed by Portlander Elizabeth Huffman for Post5 Theatre ...   More
 
Monday, January 27, 2014 SAVANNAH WASSERMAN

Fertile Ground Diaries: Therapy Hunger

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Therapy Hunger, written by Post5 Theatre's Cassandra Boice and directed by her husband Ty, takes a stab at addressing the perceived need for psychiatric drugs in today’s society. Boice plays a troubled young woman who visits a number of therapists for her problems, including A.D.D., O.C.D., bulimia, sexual insecurities and anxiety. Her therapists are made out to be buffoons who poke fun at her personal ...   More
 
Monday, January 27, 2014 SAVANNAH WASSERMAN

Fertile Ground Diaries: Rain! The Musical

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Imagine a Portland without rain. Richard Moore’s Rain! The Musical sees fallen rock star Turner returning to a dried-out Rose City. Liquid sunshine has been replaced by productivity in the re-christened “city that works.” As Turner finds himself in a world of assistants named Theresa and an overworked, undersexed ex-girlfriend, the audience enters his rockified musical dream. With a band of old ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Fertile Ground Diaries: Marilyn/MISFITS/Miller

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A group of famous—and famously needy and egotistical—performers and creators gathers in the early 1960s to revive their careers by putting on a production whose prospects of success are jeopardized by conflicts with institutional powers and friction among these volatile, creative personalities.Why, this must be Orson's Shadow, Austin Pendleton’s award-winning 2000 play about two of the world's ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Fertile Ground Diaries: (...)

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“Are you here to see ‘the ellipsis?’” the woman working the box office asked. She didn’t hesitate, but you could hear the quotation marks. Like any intentionally unpronounceable play, Fuse Theatre Ensemble’s (…), receiving its world premiere as part of the Fertile Ground Festival, is sure to raise flags. For the majority of theatergoers, the play’s lack of an alphanumeric title will ...   More
 
Monday, January 28, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Fertile Ground Diaries: Feral

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Entering the Bob White Theatre Warehouse—just a concrete floor with in-the-round seating and a chandelier hanging from the soaring ceiling—ushers informed audience members that the heat will shut off when the performance begins. “It’ll get progressively colder,” one says. “Hang onto your coats.”This was, oddly, not an intentional metacommentary about life on the streets in this world-premiere ...   More
 
Sunday, January 27, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Fertile Ground Diaries: The Seven Wonders of Chipping

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Both “charming” and “like an unwanted pregnancy,” reads C.S. Whitcomb’s description of her new play, The Seven Wonders of Chipping, premiering in a reading at Fertile Ground.What she means, though, is that the story took on a life of its own, and indeed it is charming to the brim. How can you not love delectable British accents, quaint village stories, poetry and daffodils? As Whitcomb explains, ...   More
 
Monday, January 28, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Fertile Ground Diaries: Ruby Rocket, Private Eye

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There is a dress-up bin, a black box and lots of booze onstage. That is all...until Stacey Hallal’s feisty and fiery Ruby Rocket stumbles onto the scene, Jack Daniels in hand, flaunting her hip-to-waist ratio. “This is my office.” She pushes the black box to the right. “This is the police station.” The box goes left.Fertile Ground’s workshop production of Ruby Rocket, Private Eye is ...   More
 
Saturday, January 26, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Fertile Ground Diaries: 4x4=8 Musicals

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Writers don’t pretend to be mathematicians, but even I know that four times four does not equal eight. You know what else isn’t eight? Seven. 4x4=8, the “mini-musical” montage from producer John Oules and curator Mark LaPierre, turned out to be a mystery with one mini gone missing at Thursday night’s Fertile Ground performance.Inspired by the space constraint of Ten Tiny Dances, 4x4=8 uses ...   More
 
Friday, January 25, 2013 ENID SPITZ

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