the Lion at Portland Center Stage Saturday, May 16 2015 

Benjamin Scheuer is an extremely talented musician, songwriter and story teller. I just enjoyed 70 minutes of brilliance and passion at the Ellen Bye Theatre. Some may find the subject matter sad, but not I. It is a message of hope. There he is with a full mane of hair after all he has been through. Yes, bad things can happen but the human spirit survives. Not to be missed.

Bonita – Portland Center Stage Tuesday, Feb 18 2014 

This is an amazing performance. 90 minutes of dialogue – the memorization alone – but living all that dialogue as you wait for mom in a playground. Playing a number of characters and living them all seamlessly. Good workable set, and intuitive use of it. Not for kids, this is adult fare in the spoken word. Well written script. Fine direction.

Bravo, Kate Norris!


Twist Your Dickens Monday, Dec 16 2013 

Quite a twist on “A Christmas Carol”. Done by the Second City Improvisation Group and there is audience participation in parts and a little uncertainty thrown in. Beautiful set. Very professional comic performances. My favorite part was  the Charlie Brown Christmas satiric take – off. It alone was worth the price of admission. Imagine larger than life cutouts of the characters with actors thrown in. Quite a fun afternoon. 

Venus in Fir at PORTLAND CENTER STAGE Monday, Feb 4 2013 

Well, first of all my credentials? for writing reviews has to do with being a theatre student in a wilder time- the late 60’s… of course I don’t remember so many shootings and masacres back then. But there was nudity on the stage and all kinds of avant garde ideas back then. 

Well no nudity in this production, but it is definitely for adults. I believe there is a place for adult entertainment if it is artfully done and some sort of point (,i.e. power plays between the sexes) is being made. The acting by the two players is superb. And it does have some honest humor. The female lead in particular made rapid fire changes in and out of character with hilarious results. The director also deserves a pat on the back for keeping things artful and watchable. 

I Love to Eat Portland Center Stage Tuesday, Jan 15 2013 

A wonderful one man show! A short biography of the soul and humor of James Beard. Very skillfully done and with heart. James Beard is a native son of Portland,so it was a very full house….. Delightful.

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Sweeney Todd Portland Center Stage Saturday, Oct 6 2012 

A very solid production with excellent scenery and great ensemble work from the actors. Wonderful direction. I’m not a real fan personally of the play, but if you have a strong stomach, this is an interesting Halloween offering. 

Portland Center Stage “A christmas story” Wednesday, Dec 7 2011 

For me, the set was a great solution for the incorporation of various locales on a Proscenium stage such as the Gerding Theatre. The Indiana house interior was particularly appropriate and homey. All the actors did a great job…. including some very talented children. The storyline is particularly well known, but was carried along well by skillful direction. Something for the whole family, would have been nice to see more children in the audience.

OKLAHOMA ! at the Gerding Theatre in Portland Thursday, Oct 20 2011 

What an evening! This production of mainly black performers was about as perfect as one could hope. The songs are timeless and uplifting and extremely well performed. Great Ensemble work. The set is just gorgeous and very artful as well as functional. The dance sequences are inspiring. This musical has an undeniable spirit that has definitely stood the test of time. Upbeat. Go see.

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