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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

Theatrical progress

A venue-to-venue tour of Portland
As an avid theater-goer, there are times when I hanker to positively consume a fine play.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 02, 2008


Darkness in lights

Preview 2008: the winter of malcontents
The coming cold season of theater looks to veer toward darkness, crime, acrimony, and/or moral and sexual ambiguity — excellent news!
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 26, 2007


Myth and legend

Portland theatre: 2007 in review
With no ado, here are some of the last year’s theatrical highlights.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 19, 2007


Gather ’round

Kids have a lot to teach us about art
In the ancient fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper, idle bohemianism does not pay.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 12, 2007


Don't shoot!

You'll want both eyes for Seacoast Rep's Christmas Story
Young Ralphie is a 9-year-old who knows exactly what he wants.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 28, 2007


Honorable sacrifices

For God and King, at the Players' Ring
“Does one say ‘immoral’ or ‘amoral?’” a drunken, debauching young Henry II asks his best friend and chancellor, Thomas Becket.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 20, 2007


Marital law

You will pay attention to your betrothed
Susan’s top bone of marital contention involves “Romance.”
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 14, 2007


Looking for love

A Neil Simon play makes the Portland Players red hot
It’s 1969 in New York, but the promiscuity of the sexual revolution has not had its way with Barney Cashman.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 07, 2007


On Portland’s poet

Celebrating Longfellow’s words
It’s a testament to much of what’s good about America that one of her first and most popular poets had such reverence, and such affection, for so many of her stories.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 31, 2007


Watch your back

Look out for Interference
The stage is set for surveillance.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 24, 2007


Broken Glass

There are a few cracks in Biddeford City Theater's production
“The scene is memory,” Tennessee Williams writes in his opening notes to The Glass Menagerie, and then: “Memory takes a lot of poetic licence.”
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 17, 2007


X it out

Let Proof equal love
It starts with x .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 10, 2007


California dreaming

Mad Horse's mice are also men
“Tell how it’s gonna be,” Lennie prods George, again and again.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 03, 2007


A valley of rift

Siblings duel in PSC's The Piano Lesson
A piano doesn’t produce anything except notes, insists Boy Willie.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 03, 2007


Portland's got talent

Ruthless! showcases Good Theater's strengths
Good Theater’s Ruthless! is not just a sharp, wry and eye-pleasing hoot of a show, but one that’s absolutely dripping in, yes, talent.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 26, 2007


You'll die laughing

The Players' Ring explores attitudes about dying
What happens when that levity becomes the modus operandi, so constant that relief actually comes in breakthroughs of genuine grief or anger?
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 19, 2007


Classics and Shakespeare

Fall brings plays from the past
Autumn approaches with a theatrical windfall, so I’ll dig right in, sans ceremony.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 12, 2007


Integration in Ogunquit

With a flashback to Laverne + Shirley
Big, buoyant teenager Tracy Turnblad (Alison Faircloth) is dedicated to some big, buoyant propositions.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 05, 2007


Sweet criminals

Emotional highs at the Gaslight Theater
Since the time they were kids, the three quirky Magrath sisters of Hazelhurst, Mississippi, have gotten each other through some exceptionally bad days.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 22, 2007

Measuring up

Shakespeare passes judgement at Monmouth
Unsavoriness is rife in old Vienna.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 15, 2007

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