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Morality plays

It’s hard to escape politics this fall
The next six weeks of American life will be marked by a theatrical onslaught of ambition, contention, and colorful character development.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 10, 2008


In proper style

Ogunquit Playhouse's My Fair Lady
The vocabulary, timbre, and tone of London flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Gail Bennett) are all — in the words of language-snob Professor Henry Higgins (Jefferson Mays) — “deliciously low.”
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 27, 2008


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


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


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


Class play

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


On the verge

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


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


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


Venice in Longfellow Square

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


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


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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