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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

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

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