Review

Sophocles’ Antigone, Modernized

July 3, 2013

Seamus Heaney brings his skill of translation to the ancient Greek tragedy, “Antigone,” first written by dramatist Sophocles in the 4th century BC.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 79 pages. While Heaney’s “The Burial at Thebes” play translation was published in 2004, the [...]

War Graphics (Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi)

August 6, 2012

In Marjane Satrapi’s 2004 memoir, Persepolis:The Story of a Childhood, we read about the life of a young, passionate girl with revolutionary parents during the return to Islamic fundamentalism and then war with Iraq in Teheran, Iran. While stark  reports and evening news pundits tend to be [...]

What if Shakespeare Grew Up in Iowa?

July 6, 2012

In the Oregon Shakespeare Festival‘s production, the Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa, our favorite farcical  Falstaff is a recently-failed presidential candidate who finds himself down and out in Windsor, where the wives are plentiful. So plentiful, in fact, that a few of them are married [...]

They Is

June 26, 2012

If you haven’t gotten a chance to read Tobias Wolff’s short story, “Bullet in the Brain” — you’re missing out. Not only is it a wonderful study on structure, time, and character, but the exceptional quality of language makes the piece stunning. We encourage our [...]