Good Way to Start a Morning

So I sit down with my coffee, and the paper’s already been opened to the Performance section of the Portland Oregonian’s Arts & Entertainment section, and there’s “Next of Kin” with a #1 pick on the Performance “High Five” list for shows to pick out.

Now that’s a way to start the day.

Given that they gave Chris’s show “Fishing for My Father” a pick last week, my batting average has been running pretty good.

Another show tonight and tomorrow night. I’m digging this.

A Word from the Audience

You can tell whether or not an audience likes a show not just from the amount and intensity of applause but also whether they’re smiling when the lights come up, how much chatter there is about the show, and how long they hang out in the space before dispersing, and so far audiences have been great with “Dead of Winter.”

Sometimes people will tell you if they like it or not (especially if they know you), and you can tell whether or not they’re being sincere or just polite. But it’s unusual to hear what an audience member directly thinks. The following is from a poster on livejournal, and I hope he doesn’t mind my reproducing his post (I’m assuming not since he put it on the Internet to begin with)…he even went so far as to include ticket info, and the guy has no connection to the cast or crew (whoever you are, thank you):

Dead of Winter
Last night, I saw Dead of Winter, a collection of three short plays, ghost stories, really. It was like attending Le Grand Guignol in February. Each of the vignettes were short on gore and special effects, but still managed to be creepy as all hell and present a couple of good “jump” moments. I’d love to see this same crew put together something in a similar vein for Halloween.

I’m a sucker for small-scale theater like this. I really enjoy seeing what can be done in a modest space, without a lot of flash to spend, with local playwrights and actors.

The venue was Performance Works Northwest, 4625 SE 67th Avenue, off of Foster. The show runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through February 23rd. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and $10 for students and seniors. Thursdays are sliding scale. Tickets can be purchased online at For reservations, call 503-777-2771.

Followspot Digs the Dead


Dead of Winter
The Bluestockings
February 1 – February 23, 2008

Review by Thursday

Three ghost-story style plays use familiar themes of séance, morgue, and clairvoyance. Still, tales presented from a different, often humorous, angle, making them intriguing and creepy. Sparse, specific design elements parallel style of show, leaving much to the imagination. Unusual location adds to haunting atmosphere. A fun and chilling evening.