By Bob Hicks One night after the Tony Awards (hurrah for The Normal Heart) Portland’s own celebration of the year’s best stuff onstage, the Drammy Awards, happens tonight at the Crystal Ballroom just off West Burnside. In a season of roughly 125 eligible shows, plenty of good work has hit the stage, from Profile’s Great … Continue reading Reminder: Drammy Awards tonight
By Bob Hicks Well, it’s celebration season again — and not just because the Puddletown rains are threatening to finally go away (although they’ll surely come another day). No, we’re talking about theater awards season. The Tony Awards, Broadway’s commerce-driven annual extravaganza, are Sunday night. And on Monday night at the Crystal Ballroom, Portland’s far … Continue reading Tony! Toni! Tone! (and Drammy, too)
Thenkewveddymuch. I couldnadunnit without all the little people. Oops. Wrong award ceremony. Monday night (a night after the Tonys and a very long distance, psychically, from the glamfest called the Oscars) Portland theater folk will gather for the 30th Drammy Awards, the annual celebration of the best and brightest of the local theater season. It’s … Continue reading Drammy, Drammy, who’s got the Drammy?
NOTE: This was in the comment section to the post below, but I’ve moved it up. It’s Bob’s account of Monday night when he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drammy committee, which dispenses awards to the local theater community. Ah, Barry. Thank you sincerely for tooting my horn, although that headline’s a bit … Continue reading Bob Hicks on Drammy night
Portland’s 33rd annual Drammy theater awards are tonight at the Crystal Ballroom, and to get you into the mood I’ve posted a couple of recent theater pieces on Oregon Arts Watch. The most recent is How Arthur Kopit led me to wrack and ruin, a headline that grievously overstates the distinguished playwright’s culpability. An excerpt: … Continue reading Links: Solo shows and Arthur Kopit’s sin
THE MORNING AFTER — It’s a rare and wonderful thing to be in a room filled with love the way that Lincoln Performance Hall was last night for the celebration of Jim Caputo’s life. The hall was filled to overflowing, which must have meant about 700 people were on hand for a night of music, … Continue reading A wake for Jimmy Caputo tonight
Marty Hughley writes in The Oregonian that friends and family of Jim Caputo, the veteran Portland actor who died May 12 of a heart attack, have set his memorial service for Tuesday, June 14. It’ll be at Lincoln Performance Hall on the campus of Portland State University. That’ll be the evening after the Drammy Awards, … Continue reading Jim Caputo memorial gathering June 14
When I was not quite 19 and in fall term of my sophomore year in college I returned home for Thanksgiving dinner, bringing a housemate with me. I’d been growing a beard since beginning of term, two months before. At dinner (and beforehand, while bustling over the Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes in the kitchen) … Continue reading Hair today, gone tomorrow: Ugly on the face of it
Loyal readers know that Art Scatter is fiercely in favor of protecting Oregon Ballet Theatre from the financial wolves that are nipping at its heels, eager to drag it down and devour it for a mid-recession munch. I’ve made the case that this is Portland’s finest theatrical troupe, a company on the rise nationally, and … Continue reading Scatter hits the ballet, and revels in the next generation
Monday night at the annual Drammy Awards, Art Scatter’s own Bob Hicks received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drammy committee and, by extension, the Portland theater community. And for once, we’re not going to make jokes about it because we really do think it brings honor both to Bob and to the theater community … Continue reading Hail, Bob Hicks!