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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Portlanders on stage

The city's most prominent theater showcases hometown talent
Nobles and groundlings alike place their verbiage strategically for love, for mischief, or — most delectably — for both.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 12, 2008


Seeing in the Dark

Seacoast Rep's sensitive interplay
Susy is a tireless master over the landscape of her Manhattan basement apartment.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 05, 2008


Suppressing the urge

You have to pay to pee in Urinetown
Some scholars estimate an end to our current age, the “Era of Expansion,”as early as 2050.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 27, 2008


Trading places

The aftermath of the Prelude
By the cumulative serendipities of sleeplessness, spaetzle, and Molson, young Peter and Rita  find love in New York City. Immediately.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 20, 2008



Not just telling stories
“Once upon a time” is how it starts. Upon this Michal insists.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 13, 2008


Candy is dandy

Honey-sweet goodness at Pontine
The poet Ogden Nash might be best known for his acute “Reflections on Icebreaking”: “Candy/is dandy/but liquor/is quicker.”
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 06, 2008


Mixed media

The Theater Project's Winter Cabaret puts TV on the boards
Purple splatter-paint graphics zoom over a flat-screen above the stage.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 30, 2008


Glimmering fragments

Cape Elizabeth poet Jonathan Aldrich assembles the pieces
Like water and light in a long day’s array of relations, Ring Road is both a brilliantly gleaming whole and a collection of scattered gleams.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 23, 2008


Bright dreams

The longings of mistreated women cannot be Eclipsed
Across white sheets strung on clotheslines, cool light falls from a window, as if over the most susceptible fabric of memory.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 23, 2008

Paying the price

Acknowledging our privilege causes deep suffering
Our afflicted protagonist (Keith D. Anctil, alternating shows with Jennie Hahn) would like to lead you on a thought experiment.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 16, 2008



Lampooning the theater that is politics
A profound and fateful significance is bestowed, every fourth January, upon our neighbors in New Hampshire.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 09, 2008

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