Marty Hughley from The Oregonian has had a chance to check out a couple of the “Down and Dirty at 12:30” lunch time readings on the Armory Mezzanine, as well as the late night “Hothouse” performances. He shares what he’s seen so far.
Among his thoughts:
“Friday night, Portland Gallery Playwrights Group presented short plays or work-in-progress snippets by several of its members. The songwriter/pianist Fred Stickley played a pair of songs from a musical he’s working on with writer Marguerite Scott. “West 23rd” was a breezy pop tune reminiscent of the 1960s Brill Building style of Gerry Goffin, Carol King, et al; “Portland, O’ Portland” was a sweet tribute to the city, though it read too much like a list of post-card sites, not personal connections.
Andrew Wardnaar’s “Good One, God” was a widower’s touching recollection spoken as a now friendly, now angry talk with the Almighty. Rebecca Frost Mayer’s “The Elevator” and Brian Kettler’s “Personal” were similarly concise and intriguing, if less clear in their meanings.”