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Dashing debut

Vacationland Theater Company's riotous opener
The wickedly dark, clever, and all-deprecating satire Urinetown receives a sonorous production by the newly formed Vacationland Theater Company, in Sanford, directed by Hunter F. Roberts.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 20, 2008

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All in the family(1)

Lives and cultures clash in Lanyard premiere
“Home” isn’t necessarily a discrete, concrete place.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 12, 2008

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Teen scenes

Giving love a bad name in the park
The show fills this summer’s void of outdoor theater with a light and gleeful touch.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 05, 2008

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Class play

Monmouth gives Merchant new status
Interpreting Merchant is a perennial challenge.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 30, 2008

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Re-ignition

The spark of Salt Water Moon
Jacob’s re-wooing of Mary, conducted in real time and one act, is the story line of David French’s romantic Salt Water Moon.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 23, 2008

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Wait, who are you?

Two virtuoso actors play four hilarious characters
Vaudevillian intimacies are rampant in Charles Ludlam’s Obie-winning two-men-as-everyone comedy, The Mystery of Irma Vep .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 23, 2008



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Local Loraxes

Mainers speak of the trees
Choirspeak was conceived as an arts-based way to start and share conversations about our various relationships with Maine’s forests, resources which are in a lot of flux these days.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 16, 2008

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Tasty bites

Seacoast puts on a Horror show
Kevin Hauge directs a production that’s fun, sharp, and well-appointed, if a touch shy on camp, for Portsmouth’s Seacoast Repertory Theatre.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 09, 2008

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Trying to fail

MSMT finds a hit in a flop
Brooks draws absurdities of both the theater and New York City with both mischief and affection, and MSMT’s production is impishly, lovingly true to that spirit.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 09, 2008

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Tabula rasa

Biddeford's City Theater creates Fuddy Meers
Fuddy Meers , David Lindsay-Abaire’s madcap, not-for-the-prudish black comedy, is at Biddeford City Theater.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 25, 2008

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Staging send-ups

Summer produces pirates, horrors, and wonders
I’m happy to report that a number of other summer productions will be sending up various cultural phenomena.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 18, 2008



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Pat the bunny

Lyric's Harvey hops right along
Mary Chase’s 1945 comedy, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is winningly presented by South Portland’s Lyric Music Theater.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 11, 2008

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Changing times

Revisiting 20th-century progressivism
The changes today's presidential candidates are talking about are modest in comparison with the radical leftist politics of the first half of the last century.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 04, 2008

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On the verge

A very busy Roadside
A plot line so busy that it crowds its characters.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 28, 2008

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Back to school

Harbor Light's trolley-ride through time
It’s a veritable survey of cosmic philosophies, thinly veiled as (highly entertaining) drunk talk.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 21, 2008

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Staying mum

Portland Stage questions authority
Caught between two strong personalities, between tradition and modernism, and between the realms of women and of men — Sister James wakes to the grays of good, faith, and motivation.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 14, 2008



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Venice in Longfellow Square

On location
All the venue’s a stage in Naked Shakespeare’s theatrical ethos.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 07, 2008

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Natural style

The Theater Project's fab Steel Magnolias
The Louisiana salon run by Truvy is packed with the stuff of 1980s comfort and beauty: Tab, trolls, and a whole slew of blow dryers.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 07, 2008

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Aching leave

Philadelphia, Here I Come! explores the internal and external struggles of home
Compared to the staid, changeless Irish village of Balleybeg, America seems like a “vast restless place,” a land of “impermanence and anonymity,” and a country where “nobody gives a damn about the past.”
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 30, 2008

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Speaking up

A masterful Silence  from The Originals in Bar Mills
A new millennium sires volatile and uncertain creatures.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 24, 2008

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Mad tea party

Healing and humor in Rabbit Hole
Becca is constantly concocting elaborate desserts for the people in her life.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 23, 2008


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