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Rich power

Pontine lushly retells Jewett's stories
The Maine writer Sarah Orne Jewett, born in South Berwick in 1849, memorably focused her work on the ordinary people of rural nineteenth-century Maine.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 29, 2009

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Dueling morals

Mad Horse's masterful The History Boys
A battle of pedagogies is raging at an English grammar school for teenage boys.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 29, 2009

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True de-Light

Moss Hart and Good Theater send up thespians
It's opening night, and in the leading lady's suite at the Ritz-Carlton, key players are drinking a litany of pre-curtain toasts: Fast-talking financier Sidney Black (Stephen Underwood) blesses his first-ever investment in the theater.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 22, 2009

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Farcing facts

Seacoast Rep knows some funny Rumors
The Brocks' posh house in the suburbs of New York is a study in contrasting eras: Its turn-of-the-century architecture is trimmed with gorgeous wood moldings and banister, with austere green and amber stained glass.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 15, 2009

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Facing facts

Struggling at the end of a life well lived
The title assumes an evolution of meanings in Trying , an autobiographical drama by Joanna McClelland Glass, based on her experiences with the real-life Judge Biddle.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 08, 2009

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All in the timing

Acorn's Maine Playwrights Festival springs eternal
Acorn's Maine Playwrights Festival springs eternal
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 01, 2009



Stage blogging

A chat room sex scandal
The main characters of the play Speech and Debate, three Oregon high school misfits, do a lot of their living among the modern technologies of chat rooms, Google, and personal video blogs.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 01, 2009

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Just-so stories

Noel Coward's Fallen Angels wait for love
There's plenty of room for neurotic misbehavior in Noel Coward's Fallen Angels .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 25, 2009

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Divine operas

USM shows off two Puccini one-acts
USM shows off two Puccini one-acts
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 18, 2009

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Breaking away

Exploring womanhood at Portland Stage
Out of Sterno  is a quirky feminist comedy by Deborah Zoe Laufer, directed by Casey Stangl for Portland Stage Company.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 11, 2009

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Review: The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet

In this Verona, small children dwell
For young love, kiss, and star-cross, you're hard-pressed to get/more quintessence than Romeo and Juliet...
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 04, 2009



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City of Angels at Lyric Music Theater

Parallel lives: See both in City of Angels at Lyric Music Theater
It's 1940s Hollywood, and we swerve between Stine's reality and Stone's parallel one, in City of Angels , a musical comedy-cum-musical noir , directed by Mary Meserve for South Portland's Lyric Music Theater.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 25, 2009

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Super-curious

A conversation with a Nobel-winning polymath: QED
A conversation with a Nobel-winning polymath: QED
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 11, 2009

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Norse myths

Creating Peer Gynt at PSC
A troll, according to folklore, can conceive by lust alone. That's one presumptuous genesis, and one that Peer Gynt learns the hard way.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 04, 2009

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Friends, Romans...

...Courtesans? Funny Thing, that
Colorful archetypes abound in this super-stratified society of ancient Rome.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2009

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Not messing about

Mad Horse's beautiful Clean House
The pale modernism of Lane's living room, plush but sterile, is being slowly strewn with stuff: barely bitten apples, playing cards, a bright yellow spice.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2009



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Review: La Cage aux Folles

"All about love"
La Cage aux Folles at Portland Players
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 21, 2009

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Stirring the pot

Changes are afoot in the local theater scene
The new year ushers in some lively shake-ups and stirrings among Portland's theater community.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 14, 2009

In the shadows

Secrets + stories hit the boards in 2009
As we look into the new year, let's start with the most primal theatrical basics: stories.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 31, 2008

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Drink up!

Santaland gets to the dark heart of Christmas
Santaland gets to the dark heart of Christmas
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 10, 2008

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Don't get comfy

The Pain and the Itch is no cozy reunion
If you expect your own Thanksgiving to also include a helping of familial anxiety, rest assured that you have nothing on the relatives gathered in Bruce Norris's very black comedy, The Pain and the Itch .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 26, 2008


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