Wrinkly in Ashland; Intergalactic Grandparenting

It all came on so suddenly. Sofia lost all her baby incisors at about the same time she graduated to reading chapter books. She traded in her hot pink organdy tutu for a wardrobe of pima jerseys in brooding purples.… Continue Reading

Revenge? Redemption? Ashland’s Got an App for That.

Director Tony Taccone. magus of the Berkeley Rep, doing a guest turn this year at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), launches his new production of “The Tempest” not quite in a teapot but at least in a washtub. In the… Continue Reading


Olden Mirth Hath Present Laughter at Ashland

Only at a world-class repertory theater like Ashland can you get to see live stagings of Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” and the Marx Brothers’ “Cocoanuts” in a single theater weekend. It’s almost too much hilarity to handle at a go.… Continue Reading

Fey! Fie! Fo! Fµ¢k!

Not for nothing have I just dropped what might be the first ever F-bomb in these decorous columns. It’s there to prime you for “Accidental Death of an Anarchist,” a must-see at the Berkeley Rep from now through April 20th.… 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

Drop Laugh Fork Gas

That’s vintage Chinglish (Chinese inflected English); a machine translation of daodixiaochaliaoqi — i.e. “to fall down, crack up and laugh yourself breathless.” More idiomatically, “to roll on the floor laughing your ass off,” or ROTFLYAO. The cryptic headline offers a… Continue Reading

Ashland Mainstage: Lump It or Like It

“The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa,” and “As You Like It,” by William Shakespeare (with assistance) at The Elizabethan Theatre, Ashland, Oregon. This season, aside from the brooding historical pageant of “Henry V,” the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) has… Continue Reading


Provocative Ashland Theater: Shakespeare’s take on Sex, War and Politics

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), Ashland, presents two by The Bard: “Henry V” on the Elizabethan Stage and “Troilus and Cressida” at the New Theater. “War,” Carl von Clausewitz assures us, is just “politics by other means.” This may have been… Continue Reading


Reviewer Extraordinaire, Lincoln Kaye: Ashland Mash-ups

“Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella,” at the Angus Bowmer Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), Ashland. Here’s one specially tailored for hard-core theater geeks. They were out in force and wildly appreciative at the show’s opening night in Ashland. Much of the audience seemed to… Continue Reading