Memo to TriMet: Street View Lies

Understand, I like TriMet.  The greater Portland area’s transit system is one of the best in the US.  Although it’s not perfect (the sooner we get more late-night service on my current primary route, the happier a lifestyle non-driver I will be), it’s generally very well operated. But at the moment, I am laughing at …

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Ashland 2017: Off the Rails

The advance descriptions of Off the Rails stress three points: the author is Native American, the script loosely adapts Shakespeare’s often-criticized “problem” play, Measure for Measure, and the story’s major concern involves boarding schools that Native American children were forced to attend in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One of these is inaccurate, or at …

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Ashland 2017: The Odyssey

The annual pilgrimage to Ashland began this year with an epic production (3 hours 20 minutes, just as promised in the playbill) of The Odyssey, adapted from the Robert Fitzgerald translation by director Mary Zimmerman.  I can’t comment just now on the technical or literary quality of the adaptation — though I will be looking in …

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