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Neil Simon’s farcical Rumors

 Over the top
 Over the top
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 31, 2013

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Portland Ballet’s sensuous, sold-out Jack the Ripper

 A cut above
Five prostitutes murdered in London in 1888 fell victim to a man who, in his folk persona, has become one of the most storied killers of all time.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 24, 2013

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Love and rage duel in Seascape

 Gone fishin’
Love sometimes comes to us in baffling, difficult and downright intolerable forms.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 25, 2013

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Three men in a crucible of captivity

Breaking free
In the 1980s, more than 90 Westerners were taken hostage in Lebanon, and the British and US governments refused to negotiate for their release.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 11, 2013

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Life isn’t so sunny after Raisin

 Race relations
Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun  inspired a new theatrical riffing: Bruce Norris’s 2010 Clybourne Park , which went on to win a Pulitzer Prize, and which is on stage now at Good Theater, under the direction of Brian P. Allen.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 11, 2013

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August Wilson’s towering Ma Rainey

 Recording history
Portland Stage Company presents an arresting production of August Wilson’s superb script, in which delays, struggles over creative control, and the sharing of tales make for a fraught recording session.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 02, 2013



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Mad Horse’s School for Lies

 Charming candor
Mad Horse opens its season with a rakish and colorful production in South Portland, under the direction of Christine Louise Marshall.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 02, 2013

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Christ gets rock-opera treatment

 Kiss me, son of God
Lest one confuse one’s Jesus musicals: While Godspell focuses on Christ’s parables and lessons, Superstar treats the culminating politics and interpersonal dynamics of a movement led by a charismatic but tortured Jesus, part pacifist revolutionary, part cult leader.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 19, 2013

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Suspend your disbelief this fall

 Faith beckons
Fall preview highlights
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 19, 2013

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A small community with big secrets

 Triangular troubles
In a sleepy Kansas town, the strongest desires, fears, and grievances burn just below the surface, with only the occasional visible flicker. But come Labor Day, a catalyst arrives.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 30, 2013

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The Theater at Monmouth tames the Shrew

 Playing with power
It takes someone willful to knowingly court and mount a show so contentious, to modern eyes, as The Taming of the Shrew .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 08, 2013



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Salamanticus’s webby world

 It’s all connected
Salamanticus itself is a mysterious book, our narrator relates, which exhaustively describes the universe.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 01, 2013

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Fenix takes Deering Oaks for fair Verona

 Two blushing pilgrims
Open-air, no-frills Shakespeare, performed by the Fenix Theatre Co. in various landscapes of Deering Oaks Park, has become a summer institution in Portland.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 25, 2013

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Nine Maine-made quickies light up Waterville

 Get shorty
In this year’s Maine Shorts program at the Maine International Film Festival, nine films range from the silly to the elegiac.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 18, 2013

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The hoi polloi run this show

Participatory performance
In Shakespeare contemporary Francis Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle , gamely directed by Patrick Flick for the Theater at Monmouth, two well-meaning Citizens of 1600s London derail a conventional Elizabethan comedy and recreate it in their own image.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 10, 2013

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It’s not easy being teen

A new parable from Snowlion
Teenagers can be mean. They can pick up on — and crucify other kids for — the barest hints of insecurity, let alone more glaring disabilities or difference.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 20, 2013



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PortFringe returns — with almost 50 shows in five days

See how it flutters!
Summer is finally upon us, but for theater-goers, that doesn't have to mean all show tunes and Shakespeare-in-the-parks: The exhilaratingly non-mainstream anomalies, innovations, and debaucheries of PortFringe, Portland's festival of new, edgy, and experimental theater works, are back for a second year.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 20, 2013

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Living-room fun from the 19th century

Retro Acting
Do any Luddites out there long for ye older days of living-room fun?
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 20, 2013

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This Bard’s grisly, but not bloody

Bring out your dead
Bring out your dead
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 13, 2013

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Baring deep Injuries

 Unwinding the gauze
Sean Mewshaw is back at SPACE with a new project.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 07, 2013

Dramatic Rep gets self-referential

 Meta-musical
We’ve now officially entered the season of musicals, and if you’re hankering for something in the genre that’s a little cleverer, somewhat raunchier, and way more meta than the usual fare, look no farther than [title of show].
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 07, 2013


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