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Two for the show

Mark Twain, playwright? See his work at Monmouth
Though a famous man in his own lifetime, the quintessentially American humorist Mark Twain was never known as a playwright in his day.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 20, 2010


Double vision

Monmouth's error-less Comedy
As someone who watches a lot of Shakespeare's comedies, I'm delighted to report that the Theater at Monmouth's production of Comedy of Errors  is nothing but fresh, non-stop, stand-out fun, from shipwreck to filial embraces.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 14, 2010

Star power

Seacoast Rep's top-notch Rent
Seacoast Rep's top-notch Rent
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 13, 2010


Smart acting

Lyric's clever cast in Fools
When Neil Simon penned Fools , writes director Celeste Green in the program notes to her Lyric Music Theater production of the 1981 comedy, he was playing to lose: He was hoping not to make us laugh and cry, but to hose his investors and flout his ex-wife, who was promised the profits of his next play.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 24, 2010


Coming back to life

MSMT rolls out a wonderful Patsy Cline
The season at Maine State Music Theatre opens with the beautiful music of Always...Patsy Cline , Ted Swindley's feel-good celebration of the remarkable singer (Jenny Lee Stern) and her charms both on and off the stage.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 16, 2010


With feeling

Mad Horse's latest show has exceptional heart
From the darkness, a hand strikes chalk against a spot-lit blackboard: July 1981 , it writes, and then, 16 .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 10, 2010


Choosing teams

West Side Story’s powerful reminder of peril
Remember how not too long ago, people were celebrating the United States’ entrance into a “post-racial” era?
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 26, 2010


More Bard, another park

Acorn takes Shakespeare to the Riverbank
Just as fiddleheads and lilacs sprung early this year, so have the urban-pastoral pleasures of al fresco Shakespeare.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 19, 2010


Organic farce

PSC’s fugue-ish Bach at Leipzig
The Thomaskirche church, in Leipzig, is a hub of musical influence in Germany’s booming Baroque arts scene.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 12, 2010


An Irish classic

The strong ensemble of Juno and the Paycock
Matriarch Juno is the only one of the Boyles who brings in any coin: Her husband Jack is a drunken boor who, to avoid working, feigns aches in his legs.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 12, 2010


The race is on

Running through Acorn’s 24-Hour Play Festival
Around 7 pm last Saturday at the St. Lawrence, a sealed envelope was sliced open and its contents, handwritten on three slips of paper, were revealed to a full house: “Are you sure you want to go through with this?”
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 05, 2010


In search of light

USM’s dreamlike Inuit storytelling
Many of us here in Maine are guilty of having at one time or another harangued the forces of spring to hurry it up already, are guilty of cold-month mopery or worse. Imagine, then, living in the Arctic, where the winter is far darker for far longer, and the sun that much more precious.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 28, 2010


New voices

Acorn’s latest Maine Playwrights Festival
For nearly a decade now, Maine playwrights have had a fine friend and benefactor in Acorn Productions.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 21, 2010


Cooking the books

How long until Love, Sex & the IRS collide?
Tax season got you feeling screwed? How about a little schadenfreude: Chances are Jon (Christian F. Luening) has it a lot worse and more embarrassing than you in Love, Sex & the IRS , the 1979 comedy by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 14, 2010


Love Potion #3

The Maiden’s Prayer at Mad Horse
More people love Taylor than is good for harmony.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 24, 2010


Lovely luxury

Good Theater's rich, colorful Earnest
"In matters of great importance," observes young Gwendolyn, "style, not sincerity, is the vital thing."
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 17, 2010


Sins of the father

Visiting the son in 'Master Harold'
On a rainy afternoon, Hally, short for Harold, (Michael Littig) comes home from school as usual to his wealthy parents' tea room in apartheid-era South Africa.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 10, 2010


Seeing is believing

The Emperor visits the Children's Theatre
Emperor Fredrick has a wardrobe problem.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 03, 2010


Planting seeds

Acorn tries out four new local plays
For nearly a decade, spring in Portland has heralded the emergence not just of all of us from hibernation, but of playwrights, en masse, from quiet writing rooms.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 24, 2010


Ending violence

It's much more of a struggle than we might think
V-Day is once more upon us, and for those not partial to Hallmark-driven capitalism, the V now also popularly stands for "Vagina" or "Victory," thanks to Eve Ensler's famous monologues about violence against women.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 10, 2010


Campy send-up

Irma Vep mocks show biz
The Mystery of Irma Vep . Portland Stage Company's excellent, giddy production, directed by Christopher Grabowski, stars Tom Ford (who portrayed some dozens of characters in PSC's superlative I Am My Own Wife ) and Steven Strafford.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 03, 2010

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