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Comment Archives: stories: Culture: Theater

Re: “F-U-N-N-Y

Nine is a lot? I wrangled 23 over at the upcoming "The School for Scandal"! But seriously, we're hearing good things about the show while we rehearse - Congrats and good luck! -- Brian

Posted by Brian Johnson on 04/22/2015 at 8:33 AM

Re: “F-U-N-N-Y

Ms. Snipes (aka Sipes),

Wonderful interview. You conducted yourself with class, insight, and enthusiasm.
You are to be applauded. Found it quite interesting. Long Time Fan

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bill Pallat on 04/01/2015 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Ebony and Ivory

If you can't do it big....go home! See you all at the play! - Dori Donoho

Posted by Dorinda Donoho on 05/08/2013 at 3:53 PM

Re: “A Play is the Thing: The future of theater in Bend looking bright with Shakespeare in the Park

Actually, Cascades Theatrical Company is Central Oregon's "jewel" in the theater world. It's 34th season begins in September with 7 great, varied productions--including Shakespeare. And production attendance exceeds 75%. So don't write off Bend's theater scene so quickly. Come check out CTC this year!

Posted by M Bernardy on 08/16/2012 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Picking up the Pieces: CTC takes an unvarnished look at love and loss with Rabbit Hole

Thank you, Caitlin Richmond and the Source, for attending and reviewing CTC's production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rabbit Hole. Please be aware there is an error in your 'brief details' at the end of the above review: Minors ARE allowed at this play and in this venue. The play is not recommended for children, for reasons that should be obvious, but it is certainly appropriate for teens.

Posted by Lilli Ann Foreman on 04/26/2012 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Waiting for Godot Success Critical: Innovation Theater Works may have to shut doors if they can't fill the seats

Regional theater can only succeed with "crowd-pleasers" (which I cannot stand, usually) like Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" (I hate it). Sappy, sentimental--but the stuff pays the bills. Then, bills paid, one can go for the esoteric stuff if one wishes, the recondite stuff, the stuff of heads responsive to the rarefied, the unique,the perspective-provoking. There just aren't that many in Bend who can appreciate Beckett's rarefied intellectualized obscurantism, the perspective of the perpetually perplexed. The problem is with the theater's choice of vehicle (and its driver) not the dogged dullness of we "Bend-ers" who would be grateful paying passengers to some entertaining destination. Try "Charlies' Aunt". You'll pack 'em in. It has got everything: romance on the prowl, silly college students, a guy in drag, witty lines, send-up's. . .what's to stay home for, when all that is just downtown?

Posted by alfred ferguson on 04/22/2012 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Itchy and Scratchy: Local Production of Bug lets it all hang out

Hopefully the posters, program, advertisement, both newspaper articles and the signs all over the lobby of the theatre mentioning the nudity will help people realize what they are getting into. If that doesn't help I would love some other suggestions. Maybe a flashing light or bullhorn before they disrobe...

Posted by Rascal on 10/16/2011 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Itchy and Scratchy: Local Production of Bug lets it all hang out

FANTASTIC ACTING BUT THE FULL ON NUDITY WILL BE DISTRACTING/OFFESIVE TO SOME. MY HUSBAND AND I WERE SURPRISED BUT IT WAS THE COUPLE (YOUNGER) THAT WE WERE WITH THAT COULDN'T GET PAST THAT. PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE GETTING INTO....

Posted by M NICHOLS on 10/16/2011 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Itchy and Scratchy: Local Production of Bug lets it all hang out

What an enthusiastic review from Morgan P Salvo! We are hoping to see this play and this reviewer has got me even more interested in catching a performance. (Please note the two directors' names are Lyryn Cate [not Carte] and Vanessa Farnsworth.)

Posted by Craig Richards on 10/12/2011 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Glitter, Guns and Glam: Chicago pulls out all the stops to pack the Tower

Saw the show last weekend. I was amazed at the quality of the performance. Mother in law thought it was risque, but WOW, it was a great show. Totally worth the cost of admission.

Posted by JC on 09/21/2011 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Glitter, Guns and Glam: Chicago pulls out all the stops to pack the Tower

Drove in from Hood River to see the show - it was Amazing!! I will likely try to come see it again for the closing night...if tickets are still left...

Posted by Eliki Thompson on 09/21/2011 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Theatrical Precipitation: A strong cast and direction make 2nd Street's Rainmaker a hit

The intimacy of the theater, the actors and the direction made this play so enjoyable. Friday's performance had the audience near total involevment, from Noah's and HC heated debate re: Lizzy to an audience member car lights being left on. Bravo to Susan Benson and the 2nd Street Theater, you ROCK

Posted by connie faught on 02/23/2011 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Drinkin' and Cussin': Local cast and crew take Lamppost Reunion live at McMenamins

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Posted by JC on 05/26/2010 at 6:03 AM

Re: “Couple Dating is Hardly Controversial: But will you think it's funny?

solidarity in anonymity!!! i would also like to support the anonymous letter writer who was the one person in town to take the play to task and who cares if she was anonymous she probably had her reasons. i also found "couples dating" queasy/weird/caveman/uncomfortable/lame/bigotish. it had the endless running joke/idea that lesbians are basically strange space aliens from another world. it had the "arrogant Jew". it had an long stupid joke about "ghetto booty". i guess they meant as in black women live in ghettos and have fat butts. is that what we're talking about people? welcome to 2010! how about 'CostCo booty' instead?? solidarity in anonymity!!!

Posted by nyah nyah anonymous too nyah nyah on 04/24/2010 at 6:05 AM

Re: “Couple Dating is Hardly Controversial: But will you think it's funny?

I applaud that woman for writing in anonymously. If we Google search 'gay man attacked 2010' what happens? Golly! 7 million entries! No wonder that was an anonymous letter. I'm writing anonymously to support those who feel better when writing anonymously. 7 million entries in Google when you search 'gay man attacked 2010'? Well, now the time has certainly come for a play like 'Couples Dating', where the entire second act sounds like this: "Oh my God! Lesbians! They're lesbians! Oh my God it's lesbians! Carpet Munchers! Where do lesbians come from?! I can't believe it's lesbians! It's lesbians! Oh my God it's lesbians! How do lesbians have babies?! Oh my God it's lesbians! Dyke! Dyke! Dyke! Dyke! Dyke! Are lesbians allergic to sausages?! Lesbo! Lesbo! Lesbo! Lesbo! Lesbo! Oh my God they're lesbians!"

Posted by Anonymous of Anonymousotropolis on 04/21/2010 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Couple Dating is Hardly Controversial: But will you think it's funny?

Why is everyone so outraged that the writer of this letter decided to remain anonymous? If we were living in a city there's a good chance very few readers would know who the writer was anyway. All the letters printed in papers published in places that aren't small towns are for the most part 'anonymous' - excepting the writer and the writer's friends. If someone writes a letter that's published in The New Yorker say, then to 99.99% of readers will not know the writer and that letter will be 'anonymous' as such. So, that considered - what's the agenda of people here in Bend wanting to know who the writer of this letter is? What would happen if it was known? Would they be hassled in the post office, accosted at the bar? Would they be bad-mouthed and gossiped about? Would they be refused service at the supermarket? Find their library card revoked perhaps? Would they be character assassinated on Facebook? How exactly would this pan out? I didn't find the play 'offensive' exactly, but I can see why the writer would. I did however feel uncomfortable that humour was being extracted from intolerance. Someone who sees this play and is homophobic will find their views validated. I don't feel that 'making fun' out of intolerance towards lesbians is acceptable when in some parts of the world people are killed for being homosexual. Whether we find it offensive or not, I would like to point out here this play is NOT a 'beautiful piece of art' - not because of any of what is brought up so far, but because the writing is immature, the scenarios mundane, the character's unlikeable and uninteresting...And if you try and argue that, everything else you have to say looks pretty questionable. I've signed here anonymously - under the pen name of writer who took to anonymity to overcome intolerance. George Eliot

Posted by George Eliot on 04/21/2010 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Couple Dating is Hardly Controversial: But will you think it's funny?

The cast is terrific - this show would not be nearly as successful without this talent!

Posted by Sue Meyer on 04/19/2010 at 6:59 AM

Re: “Couple Dating is Hardly Controversial: But will you think it's funny?

Mike Bookey, very well written, however I am not a cliche' lesbian , the mere fact I look nothing like the butchie lesbian that many of my friends do, I have my clevage out there and am all sparkled out in stones with a made up face like im on a "RUN WAY" but I did enjoy reading your review, and what it embodied, as this comedy is not for everyone......especially people who write in and incompass evalutions for others not even knowing if there is a "Gay Community" in Bend, and also has to do so under anonymity respectfully Kym Anderson

Posted by Kym Anderson on 04/18/2010 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Couple Dating is Hardly Controversial: But will you think it's funny?

Ditto to Mike....I have attended Couples Dating twice and found it to very entertaqining. Funny,funny. Slow start,but pow on the end. Love it with our localtant writer/producer Cricket Daniel and director Susan Benson....plus our wonderful local cast of actors/actresses. How many people can relate to this play. I bet more than one might expect. Perhaps, scaled down a bit.If one pays attention. Bobby mellows on Tony. That was a plus with those that were concerned on his negative feed back on beginning. Again, pround we have such gifted talent in Bend.

Posted by Sali Diamond-Hurst on 04/17/2010 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Couple Dating is Hardly Controversial: But will you think it's funny?

I applaud Mike Bookey for coming out and doing a "review" of Couple Dating, Cricket Daniel's first attempt at play writing. I must say, however, that it is possible to "review" a play without giving up the entire plotline and spoiling the surprises for theater-goers who've not yet seen the play. I would also like to add that Jeremy Johnson gives a solid performance in the character of Bobby. I don't think Bobby is exactly "super douchey"; more like a very naive neophyte with very little worldly experience outside of his Brooklyn neighborhood, friends and family. Thus his extremely narrow viewpoint is understandable if not tolerable. Bobby is not really homophobic or anti-Semitic. He is just spouting the views which are the norm in his environment. In this vein, I must say that Jeremy's portrayal of his character is spot on. I am proud to say he is my son and one helluva an actor.

Posted by Jackie Johnson on 04/17/2010 at 6:36 AM

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