A fist-sized necklace hangs around Jimmy Snyder’s neck. The tiny, intricate beading forms an eagle with its wings open wide against a baby blue sky, a stark contrast to the rich green fields with people riding canoes along the river pictured below the bird.

Each school year brings a new season of theatrical productions to the University of Oregon theatre department. Past pieces have included classics such as Shakespeare, the French playwright Moliere and musicals like the notorious Bat Boy. Last year, Michael Malek Najjar directed Scorched, a c…

The lights came up at the Pocket Playhouse Thursday afternoon to a sparse office set, sickly-sweet ‘elevator music’ playing in the background. In the Pocket’s production of “Waiting,” directed by Sarah Etherton and written by Ethan Coen, purgatory takes on this unusual form.

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