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PSC’s Words By offers a glimpse at the lesser-known Gershwin
Of the Gershwin brothers — who together formed perhaps the most quintessential partnership of the American songbook — we tend to hear more, and more dazzlingly, about George.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 30, 2014


Keeping the tigers at bay

Trauma lurks below the surface at Public Theatre
The pain to be confronted is stealthy but fierce for everyone in Kim Rosenstock’s 2010 comedy Tigers Be Still , which runs now at the Public Theatre in Lewiston, under the direction of Christopher Schario.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 30, 2014


Soul to squeeze

Mad Horse gets metaphysical with Vigils
A Widow (Janice Gardner) has had trouble moving on from the death of her firefighter husband: She keeps his Soul (Burke Brimmer) locked in a box — literally — and talks to and hugs it at regular intervals.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 23, 2014


Saying yes, yes, yes

PSC's second annual Studio Rep series
This January brings the second year of Portland Stage Company’s Studio Rep series, a welcome initiative that brings three independent theater companies into PSC’s Studio Theater to mount new productions.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 23, 2014


Riffing on The Prince

 A modern homage to a well-loved book
in a brand-new script called Finding the Prince , the beloved text serves as a prism for a very specific human experience: military wartime.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 16, 2014


Planning the year in show biz

A run of runs
Portland-area theater in 2014 will take on the vicissitudes of activism, politics, religion, and family.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 26, 2013


A look back at changing theatrics

Turn and face the strange
Among the last year’s highlights in theater is the second annual PortFringe festival, which was staggeringly successful and even more expansive in its second year.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 19, 2013

Play local

A new Mad Horse series stages Mainers’ full-length shows
Local actor and writer Brent Askari has spearheaded the launch of By Local, a new series at Mad Horse dedicated to staging readings of full-length plays by local writers.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 12, 2013


Crowning the King Tide

 Water Level Update
How will sea-level rise affect Portland in the next hundred years?
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 12, 2013


Testing the bounds of theatrical reality

Identity crisis
Identity crisis
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 27, 2013


Finding truth in Boise’s sea of dismay

 Big-box Rapture
The break room of the Boise “Hobby Lobby,” a big-box craft store, does not seem like much of a place to go seeking communion.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 20, 2013


Gurney’s love letter to the theater

 A star, crossing
A.R. Gurney’s play is a semi-autobiographical love letter to and affectionate crash course in golden-age theater at the cusp of a new era’s entertainments.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 14, 2013


Adapting Chekhov for a local stage

 Bringing Russia to Maine
Uncle Vanya 's central tribulations, involving land, longing, and work, translate engagingly to our own state.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 08, 2013


Dark humor in PSC’s Vigil

 Waiting for mortality
An agonizing waiting game ensues, in Morris Panych’s Vigil, a dark comedy about an odd couple and an odder communion, produced by Portland Stage Company.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 08, 2013


Neil Simon’s farcical Rumors

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


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


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


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


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


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


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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