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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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Real activists know Jimmy Higgins

Learning from history
The changes 21st-century presidential candidates talk about are modest in comparison with the radical leftist politics of the first half of the last century.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 23, 2008



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Degrees of difficulty

Portland Stage's subtle premiere of Magnetic North
“Well, this has to be inappropriate,” says Mara, hastily moving away from a rather close moment with old flame James.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 16, 2008

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Center of the universe

Mad Horse moves Hedda Gabler to the ’50s
Triangulations are many and charged in the Tesmans’ circle, and for newlywed Hedda Tesman, née Gabler, it is imperative to be an apex.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 09, 2008

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Going Cuckoo

Portland Players searches for liberation
Through the asylum’s gothic windows, high and barred, shift impossibly vivid blues, yellows, and scarlets.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 02, 2008

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Into the abyss

Generic Theater does Albee's Goat
In addition to their style and money, prize-winning architect Martin and his wife Stevie share a masterfully cultured wit.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 26, 2008

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Short Play Fest turns eight

Quick shows
It’s time once again to bring Maine’s playwrights out of their writing rooms, and to realize their creations on stage.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 26, 2008


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