Et in Arcadia, Libido

Upfront disclosure: Mei-lang and I had never heard of the Go-Go’s until we settled into seats G19 and G21 of Ashland’s outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theater. We opened our Playbills to learn that the new musical “Head Over Heels,” which is… Continue Reading


Reality Soap…

…That’s the new genre that Pulitzer-winning playwright Qiara Alegría Hudes has perfected in “The Happiest Song Plays Last,” the final installment of her trilogy about her Iraq vet cousin Elliot and his ongoing internet-enabled ties with his Puerto Rican family… Continue Reading

Tony & Cleo: Celebrity Come-Uppance

From the time you first meet them, cavorting together on a royal-sized bed, the thing you notice about Derrick Lee Weeden’s Marc Antony and Miriam Laube’s Cleopatra is their physical disparity. He’s enormous — by turns the hulking “triple pillar… Continue Reading


Oh, Dear! What Can the Meta Be?

In this, our Age of the Selfie, why shouldn’t the drama be as solipsistic as any other cultural artifact? Hence the proliferation, nowadays, of plays about players and playwrights. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), ever in the vanguard, has served… Continue Reading

Night at the End of the Tunnel

In the five years since he’s moved to Ashland, director Christopher Liam Moore has distinguished himself bringing American modernist theater to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). He’s made full use of the Bowmer Theater, OSF’s hi-tech proscenium stage, to project… Continue Reading


OSF’s ‘Fingersmith’ An Inspiring Overseas Collaboration

Another season of innovative storytelling is underway on three stages to the north, heralding the eighth decade of theatrical excellence at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). Shakespeare fans will enjoy excellent productions of the comedic “Much Ado About Nothing” (read… Continue Reading

Ashland Season Off to a Steamy Start

Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” and Tennessee Williams’ “Streetcar Named Desire” at the Angus Bowmer Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), Ashland. Nell Geisslinger, an eight year OSF veteran who virtually grew up in Ashland, is hotter than ever at  this year’s… Continue Reading


Oregon Shakespeare Festival Openers Offer Feisty Women, Intimate Drama, and Thoughtful Dialogue

ASHLAND, Ore.—Theatergoers have plenty of thoughtful and entertaining options for live performances this season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Bill Rauch, the festival’s artistic director, is directing two of the 11 plays, which include three world premieres and one U.S.… Continue Reading