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AIRE, starring the McCourt brothers
The autobiographical two-man show they co-wrote and performed, A Couple of Blaguards, is onstage now starring the marvelous Paul Haley and Tony Reilly
Quite a pair
| March 23, 2013
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
Review: Good Theater's solid Moonlight and Magnolias
A lot of folks still consider the 1939 film Gone With the Wind to be the best loved and most iconic American movie of all time — and that's the primary concern of Ron Hutchinson's Moonlight and Magnolias , a comedic romp about the monumental difficul
| February 18, 2011
Review: Ghosts, people, booze flow together in AIRE's The Seafarer
When it comes to ghosts and other supernatural catalysts, Halloween's theatrical repertoire is actually rivaled by that of the Yuletide season.
| November 05, 2010
An Irish classic
Matriarch Juno is the only one of the Boyles who brings in any coin: Her husband Jack is a drunken boor who, to avoid working, feigns aches in his legs.
The strong ensemble of Juno and the Paycock
| May 14, 2010
We heart these people
We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
| February 12, 2010
I kick off my highlights of 2009 with praise for a theater company that has just finished its inaugural season: The Legacy Theater Company, founded by former City Theater artistic director Steve Burnette.
2009 was full of newness + energy
| December 25, 2009
After Watergate and an opened China, Nixon’s next most recognized legacy is probably the warning to make sure you know your medium: His infamously sweaty, maladroit television appearance in the Kennedy-Nixon debate was widely perceived to have cost him t
Good Theater’s top-notch Frost/Nixon
| November 06, 2009
Mixin' it up
First on my dance card this fall is the Good Theater's The Little Dog Laughed (September 17-October 11), a scathing comedy about Hollywood, a closeted actor's indiscretions with a hustler, and his agent's desperate clean-up duties.
Fall's theater shows cover serious ground
| 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
Colorful archetypes abound in this super-stratified society of ancient Rome.
...Courtesans? Funny Thing, that
| January 28, 2009
Right on target
Under Tony Reilly’s direction, the American Irish Repertory Ensemble makes rich, wicked, and poignant work of the brothers’ murderous one-upmanship.
AIRE’s Lonesome West hits home
| November 05, 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
Portlanders on stage
Nobles and groundlings alike place their verbiage strategically for love, for mischief, or — most delectably — for both.
The city's most prominent theater showcases hometown talent
| March 12, 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
As an avid theater-goer, there are times when I hanker to positively consume a fine play.
A venue-to-venue tour of Portland
| January 02, 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
Concise and elegant, the prose of Ernest Hemingway in some ways resembles particularly beautiful stage directions.
Bringing Hemingway back to life
| January 03, 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
Playing with boys
The cult of celebrity and sensationalism gets a rollicking and poignant treatment in John Synge’s classic comedy The Playboy of the Western World , directed by Tony Reilly for the American Irish Repertory Ensemble.
Irish tongues are wagging
| May 24, 2006
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