New: Old traditions

By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 7, 2011

Watching children and adults enjoy a show in nearly equal measure can be one of the pleasures of this season, and AIRE's enchanting little Christmas show delivers it: In one row, an older couple clutched hands and sang along to "The Holly and the Ivy"; in another, kids giggled at cat hand puppets and Gagnon frozen in place with a carrot nose. 'Tis certainly the season.

Megan Grumbling can be reached at mgrumbling@hotmail.com.

A CELTIC CHRISTMAS | directed by Tony Reilly | Produced by the American Irish Repertory Ensemble | at Lucid Stage, in Portland | through December 11 | 207.799.5327


Another tradition

If you're looking for holiday revels with a Jewish angle, consider the folkloric hijinks of Acorn Studio Series' "The Wandering Beggar." Drawn from the stories of Solomon Simon, this feel-good comic ensemble show presents the adventures of Simple Shmerel (Hal Cohen), who despite his seeming simplicity turns out to be wiser than the rabbis. Harlan Baker directs an original adaptation by local writer Howard Rosenfield, from December 2-18, in Westbrook.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Theater , Holidays, Theater, Theatre,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY MEGAN GRUMBLING
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   STEEL POPPIES  |  July 18, 2014
    Linda Sturdivant directs a spirited and attractively appointed production of the musical The Full Monty , the Americanized version of the 1997 British film, at the historic City Theater, in Biddeford.
  •   THE MOST BRUTAL SPORT  |  July 11, 2014
    Ballet is not for pussies.
  •   DISTILLED PORTRAIT  |  July 10, 2014
    The greatest love of the show’s title—for both Chamberlain and its audience—remains the war itself.
  •   MAKE/BELIEVE  |  June 25, 2014
    Portland is already in the thick of the PortFringe 2014, the city’s third annual festival of eclectic, wide-ranging theater from here and afar. This year’s festival of 50 shows runs June 24-29 at six venues — Empire, Geno’s, Mayo Street Arts, SPACE Gallery, and the Portland Stage Studio Theater and Storefront — and includes a first-ever Family Fringe program.
  •   AS WE LIKE IT  |  June 18, 2014
    PortFringe, Fenix Theatre Company, Maine State Music Theatre, Deertrees Theatre, and more

 See all articles by: MEGAN GRUMBLING