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Review: An émigré's struggle with his baggage, in AIRE's Brendan
America, enthuses Irish émigré Brendan (Michael Dix Thomas), is the smell of coffee and gasoline.
When the pipes aren't calling
| April 08, 2011
Catharsis + rebirth
My own backward gaze over the last decade of local theater only takes in the second half of it, so I've consulted a few veterans.
Portland theater's losses and gains since 1999
| September 18, 2009
Melodrama is a particularly satisfying popular art form for a financial crisis, filled as it is with unambiguous types and tropes — rich ruthless villains, poor but warm-hearted heroes and heroines, music that spiritedly cues our hisses and cheers, and
Explore Portland's past with AIRE
| May 29, 2009
The mouths of babes
The terrorism of emotional manipulation and smear campaigns is certainly alive and well anywhere that somebody wants a certain kind of power.
Mad Horse’s chilling season opener
| October 16, 2008
Compared to the staid, changeless Irish village of Balleybeg, America seems like a “vast restless place,” a land of “impermanence and anonymity,” and a country where “nobody gives a damn about the past.”
Philadelphia, Here I Come! explores the internal and external struggles of home
| April 30, 2008
Across white sheets strung on clotheslines, cool light falls from a window, as if over the most susceptible fabric of memory.
The longings of mistreated women cannot be Eclipsed
| January 23, 2008
Middle-aged Michael O’Neal just wants a little bit of the epic in his life.
To thine own story be true
| March 21, 2007
Christmas in Lisnacoo involves an avenging Santa, wanton women, and, above all, an impressive amount of spirits — both the kind in bottles and the kind within the lively Irish.
Drinking and living it up Irish-style
| December 06, 2006
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