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Midsummer gets a twist, in midwinter

Steamy dreaming
When I learned that Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream was to be staged in frigid early winter, I wondered if the production's angle might be unabashed irony.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 18, 2012


Carolyn Gage interprets Lizzie Borden's case

Reclaiming history
Lizzie Borden, who allegedly murdered her father and step-mother in 1892, remains an iconic figure in American cultural memory.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 11, 2012


The second half of the season brings surprises

Comedy and danger
Those who missed out on LOREM IPSUM's Threepenny Opera this fall should get in line early for its spring production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, at SPACE Gallery (March 22-April 1).
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 28, 2011


Playwright Gage explains Lizzie Borden, on stage

Sharpened perceptions
Alleged ax-murderer Lizzie Borden is among the most notorious women in New England history.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 28, 2011


The highlights of 2011’s theatrics

From madness to mealtime
Some of the most exhilarating moments in theater this year happened in the Apohadion, as a pale and schizoid Michael Dix Thomas shrieked the opening strains of "The Ballad of Mack the Knife," summoning to stage the lurid, ghoulish menagerie of Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 21, 2011


Warming up to Portland Stage’s Snow Queen

Out in the cold
This week, we look at another theatrical alternative to the Dickens ghosts.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 14, 2011


New: Old traditions

AIRE spins Christmas with a Celtic charm
The winter holidays' bells, lights, and trees are already upon us, and along with them the first of the holiday-themed shows.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 07, 2011


PSC works through Reza's Carnage

Just bein' kids
The setting of God of Carnage is a sleek, upper-story apartment with a full-wall view of the 14th arrondissement, where wealthy Parisians eat delicate desserts. But it is also a playground, where spoiled brats duke out their rage.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 16, 2011


Acorn bares souls in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Illusions + pretenses
Edward Albee's heavyweight Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a horror story.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 16, 2011


The Originals stage Pinter's Betrayal

Reverse psychology
Harold Pinter's masterwork Betrayal is a story of a British triangle.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 09, 2011


Dramatic Rep digs deep for catharsis

Finding the Tigers within
Today is a good day for twenty-something Sherry (Casey Turner): She's out of bed, over her depression, and starting her first-ever job as an elementary art teacher and art therapist.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 02, 2011


Of Farms and Fables shows beauty, struggle of family farming

Speaking from the fields
From the bean patch, Lily calls her husband Walker: Pests in the beans. Walker is over in the chard patch, which he says looks like Swiss cheese.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 26, 2011


Michael Kimball's desert-island comedy at the West End Studio Theatre

Who needs government?
Cody (G. Matthew Gaskell) has been a serial violator: "'Rack of beer,' 'buxomy,' talking to yourself," accuses Rex (Don Goettler). "That's three laws in three minutes."
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 19, 2011


Mad Horse gets vicious with McDonagh shock-fest

Don't forget the guns
You can't say that Padraic (Dave Currier) is a man without a heart.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 12, 2011


USM’s Bridge leads from safety to tragedy

Shifting ground
"Justice is very important here," intones Mr. Alfieri (Patrick Molloy), an aged Italian-American lawyer and the sorrowful Greek chorus of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 12, 2011


PSC’s poignant Morini Strad

Fiddle me this
At first, the snide narcissism of aged violin prodigy Erica Morini (Laura Esterman) is an insufferable drag to the 40-something violin restorer, Brian (John G. Preston), whom she's trying to hire.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 05, 2011


Welles + Olivier spar, commiserate at Players’ Ring

Aging dreams
How does a star negotiate a changing age?
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 28, 2011


Freeport Factory makes solid Art

Navel gazing
Anyone who doubts the dangerousness of art anymore need look no further than the canvas in Yasmina Reza's Art to refresh their faith.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 28, 2011


Get thee to the Apohadion for a masterful show

Shell out for Threepenny
The lurching black satire of The Threepenny Opera is a study in grotesques: Monstrous caricatures of amorality and the blade of the bottom line are both repellent and ridiculously entertaining in this 1928 musical condemnation of capitalism.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 21, 2011


The fall season lights up Maine theaters

Epic irreverence
First on my fall list, in both chronology and anticipation, is irreverent Lorem Ipsum's arts-warehouse production of the show I've been hankering after for years: Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera, whose careening ironies will surely sell out the Apohadion's 40-seat house (September 16-24).
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 14, 2011


Gaslight's Christie play kicks off the fall season

Mystery in the air
With storms flying and the frisson of September in the air, it's beginning to be the season for mysteries, and this weekend you can curl up with a chilly Agatha Christie classic.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 31, 2011

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