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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


Portland Stage Company looks back — and forward — at working America

Changing times
In 1919, a New York switchboard room of the American Bell Telephone Company is vertiginously perched between eras: The three women working the switchboards are soon to be replaced by automation, big business is getting bigger, gender and ethnicity are flashpoints for emotion, and technology is changing how everybody knows everyone else.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 24, 2011


Monmouth's sharpness shines in Coward's Blithe Spirit

Let the Spirit linger
It wouldn't be summer without a ghost story or two, though the currently one up in Monmouth has nothing to do with campfires and s'mores.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 17, 2011


Freeport’s excellent (and free!) outdoor Shakespeare

Fade to gray
Trickery and dissembling around love have one role or other in just about everything Shakespeare wrote, though he lays it on particularly thick in Twelfth Night .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 10, 2011


Review: Musings on MSMT's Xanadu

The gods must be ’80s
For years now, the decade of the 1980s has been enjoying a curiously sustained wave of nostalgia.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 27, 2011


Review: Fenix Theatre's poignant, funny Waiting for Godot

Laughing while it hurts
Samuel Beckett's masterpiece, the tragicomedy Waiting for Godot, might not be everybody's idea of a summertime al fresco romp.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 20, 2011


Review: Outdoor expressionism in Fenix Theatre's Love’s Labour’s Lost

Collision of minds, hearts, and well, more
One of Shakespeare's earliest and lightest-of-the-light works, Love's Labour's Lost , is this year's Shakespearean offering of the Fenix Theatre Company.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 20, 2011


Review: Much Ado in World War 2

Monmouth shifts centuries, to powerful effect
Men return from war, and attentions turn to love: It's a timeless order, and so it is with the witty Sicilians of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 13, 2011


Review: Going Crazy for Gershwin

A revised, revamped classical musical hits big
Every summer, the Arundel Barn Playhouse continues the classic tradition of Maine summer stock theater, by bringing their leading performers from out of town — often New York City — to put on a series of shows and live in beautiful rural Arundel for the season.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 06, 2011


Review: Types play to the max in My Gay Son's Wedding

Comic relief
It's a testament to our cultural progress, perhaps, that most of the troubles surrounding Eric's imminent wedding have little to do with the fact that he's marrying a man.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 22, 2011


Maine's quirky summer stage season

History + mystery
Summertime and a lush arboreal landscape is an unexpected setting for Samuel Beckett's flinty Waiting for Godot , and this reviewer is already stirred.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 15, 2011

Review: Dramatic Rep's ambitious Gross Indecency

Wilde's trials
In the center of Gross Indecency 's simple, book-laden set sits a single green carnation in a crystal vase.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 10, 2011


Review: Harbor Light's lyrical, poignant Love Song

Just say 'Yes'
Beane (Chris Curtis) is a kooky, moody recluse, who peers through peepholes, lives alone, and eats all his meals out of one tin cup.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 25, 2011


Stopping by a stark Genet show

Dramatis personae
When it is Claire's turn to be Madame, she paints her lips and cheeks a garish crimson. She preens, pouts, flounces, demands to be dressed in her white gown with the spangles.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 25, 2011


Review: Hedwig and her Angry Inch visit SPACE

Beautiful anger
A captivating, flippant, and shockingly wigged chanteuse will be holding court at SPACE Gallery over the weekend.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 18, 2011


Review: Acorn camps, vamps in Shakespeare's Cymbeline

Poetic fetish
When the servant Pisania (April Singley) enters to herald the opening iambs of Cymbeline , her Elizabethan diction is bracingly offset by her skintight black vinyl and fishnets.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 12, 2011


Local musical sends up gay-hating, gay culture

Theatrical exposures
Reverend Jonathan Fisher (Michael Tobin), founder of Straight and Narrow, an evangelical congregation meant to "cure" homosexuals, has a problem.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 12, 2011


Review: Mad Horse's Spring Awakening, a 19th-century play with 21st-century actors

Youthful vigor
Images of white plum blossoms surge over both the back wall and the floor of the Spring Awakening set.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 12, 2011


Review: Pontine explores Hawthorne's ancestral thriller

Spirit world
Perhaps nowhere in America is the past as tangible a presence as it is in New England.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 04, 2011

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