Oregon Arts Watch

DramaWatch: A summer ‘Winter’s Tale’

Portland Shakespeare Project gives a “Play On” twist to a tale of jealousy and redemption. Plus openings, closings, and a farewell to Peter Brook.

By Marty Hughley | July 7, 2022

Among the plays of William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale never has been one of the most popular or oft-produced. Split between a drama of royal jealousy and vengeance in the first half and a pastoral romp in the second, its wild swing in tone can be confounding. Midway through, the narrative makes an awkward 16-year leap. Motivations are obscure and resolutions can seem abrupt.