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Review: PSC winningly turns the Wright brothers upside-down in Center of Gravity

Into the distance
The set of Portland Stage Company's Center of Gravity is a spacious, elegant network of cables, a ladder, and a ramp.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 16, 2011

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Review: Dramatic Repertory Company ponders deep subjects in Blue/Orange

Inside the shrinks
The set is black and white — dark modern chairs and table against a pale grid of a screen, like a vertical drop-ceiling.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 09, 2011

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Review: Lyric Music Theater's Rent celebrates culture

Entertaining activists
A great affection remains among audiences for Rent , Jonathan Larson's 1994 rock opera based on Puccini's La Bohème — it has toured the world several times over, and is slated for an Off-Broadway revival this summer.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 03, 2011

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Review: Orphans become family at Seacoast Rep

Going it alone
For years, Philip (Michael Propster) has lived shut up in a sordid North Philadelphia apartment and in the vacuum of his older brother Treat's tyranny. Motivated by equal parts love, fear, fraternal jockeying, and his own repressed sense of loss, Treat (Kent Burnham) has kept Philip away from the world and frozen in a state of suspended childhood.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 23, 2011

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Review: Good Theater's solid Moonlight and Magnolias

Southern follies
A lot of folks still consider the 1939 film Gone With the Wind to be the best loved and most iconic American movie of all time — and that's the primary concern of Ron Hutchinson's Moonlight and Magnolias , a comedic romp about the monumental difficulties of making Margaret Mitchell's humongous best-seller into a decent film.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 16, 2011

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Just ‘Pain,’ thanks

Avant the garde
Let there be no confusion: There is no "e" at the end of Thom Pain's name.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 16, 2011



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Review: Actors are concert pianists too, in PSC's 2 Pianos 4 Hands

Two roles
A good bout of slapstick goes on between tuxedoed pianists Ted (Tom Frey) and Richard (Jeffrey Rockwell) before they finally flip back their tails and get into Bach's Concerto in D Minor :
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 09, 2011

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Review: Theater Project's Pride and Prejudice stays authentically powerful

Classical strength
Jane Austen's classic 19th-century novel of manners and morals, Pride and Prejudice , has undergone a truly weird range of reinterpretations. But the classics also deserve a little unalloyed love.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 01, 2011

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Review: Mad Horse takes Albee's The Goat to the edge

There but for the grace of God
Famous architect Martin (James Herrera), his wife Stevie (Christine Louise Marshall), and their gay teenage son Billy (Benedetto Robinson) are a highly and self-consciously cultured family.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 27, 2011

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Review: Dark nights with The Play About the Baby

Testing love
On the weeknights when The Goat is off and Lucid Stage would otherwise be dark, Mad Horse is doubling everyone's Albee pleasure, if that's quite the right word for what this master playwright's work evinces.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 26, 2011

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Review: A composer’s jealousy drives Amadeus at NHTP

Sacred bargain
Early in his youth, an Italian named Antonio Salieri (the outstanding Blair Hundertmark) knelt in church, looked up, and saw a certain God: "An old, candle-smoked God with a mulberry robe, staring out at the world with a dealer's eyes."
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 19, 2011



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Preview: The sweltering, classically elegant Blood Wedding

Lorca's murderous Spaniards visit SPACE
Just about a year ago, an irrepressible new grassroots theater ensemble in Portland surged to the stage with the gloriously unabashed boorishness of Ubu Roi , a gem of French proto-Absurdism.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 19, 2011

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Review: A Streetcar Named Desire at the Players' Ring

The Williams masterwork, in Portsmouth
Fairly or not, my most immediate association with A Streetcar Named Desire tends to be Brando and his inimitable mournful bellow.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 05, 2011

New play based on L-A's Somali experience

Immigrant scenes
Maine's twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn gained national attention in the first few years of this century for its reception of Somali immigrants.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 05, 2011

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Mad Horse must-see

Plus Blood Wedding, and other big shows of 2010
At the top of my 2011 must-see theater list is the remainder of MAD HORSE 's 25th season, a mouth-watering line-up of provocative scripts by some modern masters of the craft.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 29, 2010

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Good Theater's marathon production, and other theatre highlights of 2010

August was tops
In my local orbits among both actors and theater-goers, one play of 2010 continues to be regularly hailed in conversation: GOOD THEATER 's momentous production of August: Osage County , a profane and exceptionally funny foray into Middle American generational pathos.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 22, 2010



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Review: Jewish wit pervades Acorn's latest production

Wry humor
Around this time of year, the vast majority of holiday entertainment — Nutcrackers both Victorian and burlesque; innumerable A Christmas Carols ; even the rogue Sedaris debauchery of The Santaland Diaries — is some sort of riff on a holiday that's at least nominally Christian.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 08, 2010

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Review: John Cariani's Last Gas premieres at Portland Stage

Pursuit of happiness
It's hard to get anywhere from Township 15, Range 8 — it's vast, empty, and hours from even Bangor.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 16, 2010

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Review: USM's production of Pinter's Betrayal

Affairs of memory
For years, married literary agent Jerry (Sage R. Landry) has conducted a love affair with Emma (Meredith Lamothe), the wife of his best friend, Robert (Patrick Molloy), a book publisher.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 16, 2010

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Review: Rolling Die gets Closer

How close is too close?
The relativity of truth is one of the enduring problems of the last half-century, and it is particularly gray and dangerous in Patrick Marber's 1996 drama Closer .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 11, 2010

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Review: Ghosts, people, booze flow together in AIRE's The Seafarer

Mixing spirits
When it comes to ghosts and other supernatural catalysts, Halloween's theatrical repertoire is actually rivaled by that of the Yuletide season.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 03, 2010


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