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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


Moral flexibility

Investigating the darkness with Tom Jones
As a professional morality consultant stands naked and busted in a young woman’s closet, we in the audience receive a rather acute observation about virtue.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 08, 2007


Life is a highway

And Devil's Elbow is in the way
The fates of several Devil’s Elbow residents hang on the fate of an entrance ramp-to-be.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 01, 2007


Talk to the animal

Sylvia is a dog played by a woman; just roll over and accept it
Here's a plot-line for the ages.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 25, 2007


No alibi needed

Earnest-ness at the Stage at Spring Point
Earnest also boasts one hell of a big, imperious foil of British womanhood.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 18, 2007


Courageous convicts

 My Three Angels at the Theater at Monmouth
On this hot Christmas Eve in the penal colony of French Guiana, the good Ducotel family’s lot could certainly use some improvement.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 11, 2007


Underdog days of summer

Those Damn Yankees are back at Seacoast Rep
Conjure, if you will, the defining emotional ethos of the Red Sox Nation of just a few years back.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 03, 2007


Speed dating

Don't bother with awkwardness
Wouldn’t it be great to just skip over all the tiresome pandering and getting-to-know-you crap that usually typifies a first date?
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 27, 2007


Tragic correspondence

Winter Harbor's Letters to the NRA
Staged before a machine-gunshot-spangled American flag, Letters to the NRA has some strong messages for the nation’s purveyors of gun-lust.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 20, 2007


Who's who?

West Side Story looks at the Others in America
Both tragedy and redemption happen when the real Americans stand up.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 20, 2007


Reclaiming women’s rights to protest

Not in our name
The female presence in the War on Terror is — if you’ll forgive me — surging.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 20, 2007


Music and fashion

Summer theater brings exposure to new and old
Since it turns out that the Evil Empire actually does suck this year, let’s start this summer preview off with Joe Boyd’s famous Faustian bargain
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 13, 2007


New Moon

Prize-winning play is royally quirky
New is risky for a theater.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 06, 2007


Thinking ahead

The coming year on the boards
On the civic side of things comes a new play, a public-service production about sex education, from ADD VERB PRODUCTIONS .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2010

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Play’s the thing

Mad Horse rouses Stoppard’s finest
On the high-tragedy chessboard of Hamlet , the title characters are pawns, but in Tom Stoppard’s spooky, hilarious, and ingenious Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead , they are, existentially, the stars.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 21, 2008

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