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Naked truths

Ribald, and sobering, tales of first encounters
Although this review of My First Time , a show about virginity loss, appears in our Student Survival Guide issue, several of the play's characters are well into their 30s and still — deliberately or not — waiting.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 26, 2010


Monty Python takes the stage at MSMT

Airspeed + swallows
"Adult Situations," a sign in the theater lobby promises, though as my companion eagerly commented pre-curtain, the disclaimer should perhaps also include a warning of "Childish Situations."
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 18, 2010


Isn't it swell?

MSMT's Chicago is a wry spectacle
The musical satire Chicago first hit the boards in 1975, the same year as A Chorus Line , and you could say that the two shows highlight two sides of the era's ethos: The latter follows dancers through feel-good, encounter-group-style personal affirmations; the former charts a dancer-murderess in her flashy, cynical rise to celebrity queen.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 04, 2010


Freeport Shakespeare stages a fully appointed premiere

Outdoor Bard-ing
A new opportunity for free al fresco Shakespeare launches this week in Freeport: The Freeport Shakespeare Festival stages its premiere, a richly laden production of The Tempest , from August 3-6 in L.L. Bean's Discovery Park, directed by Julie George-Carlson, who is also founder and Artistic Director.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 04, 2010

Local funnyfolk do improv

Comic relief
Major cities like Seattle, Chicago, and Los Angeles have long rounded up their fastest and funniest in yearly extravaganzas of improvisational comedy, and this year, Portland joins their ranks.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 04, 2010


Making some waves

Fenix's '60s Night in the park
Only a minute or two into the Fenix Theatre Company's Twelfth Night , certain principals are already wet and flailing on the floor of the reflecting pool in Deering Oaks Park.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 28, 2010


Two for the show

Mark Twain, playwright? See his work at Monmouth
Though a famous man in his own lifetime, the quintessentially American humorist Mark Twain was never known as a playwright in his day.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 20, 2010


Double vision

Monmouth's error-less Comedy
As someone who watches a lot of Shakespeare's comedies, I'm delighted to report that the Theater at Monmouth's production of Comedy of Errors  is nothing but fresh, non-stop, stand-out fun, from shipwreck to filial embraces.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 14, 2010

Star power

Seacoast Rep's top-notch Rent
Seacoast Rep's top-notch Rent
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 13, 2010


Smart acting

Lyric's clever cast in Fools
When Neil Simon penned Fools , writes director Celeste Green in the program notes to her Lyric Music Theater production of the 1981 comedy, he was playing to lose: He was hoping not to make us laugh and cry, but to hose his investors and flout his ex-wife, who was promised the profits of his next play.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 24, 2010


Coming back to life

MSMT rolls out a wonderful Patsy Cline
The season at Maine State Music Theatre opens with the beautiful music of Always...Patsy Cline , Ted Swindley's feel-good celebration of the remarkable singer (Jenny Lee Stern) and her charms both on and off the stage.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 16, 2010


With feeling

Mad Horse's latest show has exceptional heart
From the darkness, a hand strikes chalk against a spot-lit blackboard: July 1981 , it writes, and then, 16 .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 10, 2010


Choosing teams

West Side Story’s powerful reminder of peril
Remember how not too long ago, people were celebrating the United States’ entrance into a “post-racial” era?
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 26, 2010


More Bard, another park

Acorn takes Shakespeare to the Riverbank
Just as fiddleheads and lilacs sprung early this year, so have the urban-pastoral pleasures of al fresco Shakespeare.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 19, 2010


Organic farce

PSC’s fugue-ish Bach at Leipzig
The Thomaskirche church, in Leipzig, is a hub of musical influence in Germany’s booming Baroque arts scene.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 12, 2010


An Irish classic

The strong ensemble of Juno and the Paycock
Matriarch Juno is the only one of the Boyles who brings in any coin: Her husband Jack is a drunken boor who, to avoid working, feigns aches in his legs.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 12, 2010


The race is on

Running through Acorn’s 24-Hour Play Festival
Around 7 pm last Saturday at the St. Lawrence, a sealed envelope was sliced open and its contents, handwritten on three slips of paper, were revealed to a full house: “Are you sure you want to go through with this?”
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 05, 2010


In search of light

USM’s dreamlike Inuit storytelling
Many of us here in Maine are guilty of having at one time or another harangued the forces of spring to hurry it up already, are guilty of cold-month mopery or worse. Imagine, then, living in the Arctic, where the winter is far darker for far longer, and the sun that much more precious.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 28, 2010


New voices

Acorn’s latest Maine Playwrights Festival
For nearly a decade now, Maine playwrights have had a fine friend and benefactor in Acorn Productions.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 21, 2010


Cooking the books

How long until Love, Sex & the IRS collide?
Tax season got you feeling screwed? How about a little schadenfreude: Chances are Jon (Christian F. Luening) has it a lot worse and more embarrassing than you in Love, Sex & the IRS , the 1979 comedy by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 14, 2010


Love Potion #3

The Maiden’s Prayer at Mad Horse
More people love Taylor than is good for harmony.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 24, 2010

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