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Tragic despair

Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind
A disturbing restlessness lies at the heart of Sam Shepard's rugged, dysfunctional American West. Men run off and then return, rebel and then cleave.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 12, 2008


Right on target

AIRE’s Lonesome West hits home
Under Tony Reilly’s direction, the American Irish Repertory Ensemble makes rich, wicked, and poignant work of the brothers’ murderous one-upmanship.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 05, 2008


Two in the hand

Good Theater’s duo throw a few Stones
The excellent Brian Chamberlain and Christopher Reiling slip in and out of leads and extras alike in the Good Theater’s superb, must-see Stones in his Pockets .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 05, 2008


Mom genes

The Public Theatre explores motherhood
Secrets of a Soccer Mom  is   a sassy feel-good comedy by Kathleen Clark, sharply directed by Christopher Schario for the Public Theatre.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 29, 2008


Mimics’ feast

Harbor Light’s dark and funny Three Viewings
Harbor Light Stage, the adventurous new Kittery-based theater company, loves to play with its locations.  
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 22, 2008


The mouths of babes

Mad Horse’s chilling season opener
The terrorism of emotional manipulation and smear campaigns is certainly alive and well anywhere that somebody wants a certain kind of power.  
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 16, 2008


Running onward

Shepard’s Fool For Love at USM
Two doomed lovers meet — not for the first and surely not for the last time — in Sam Shepard’s dark romance of love and the American West, Fool For Love.  
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 09, 2008


Mad Horse starts new midweek theater series

Darkness falls early
This month, Mad Horse Theater Company offers the inaugural installment of a new way to savor theater: in an array of morsels, with no waiting until the weekend.  
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 09, 2008


Vast and intimate

Portland Stage’s masterful Caesar
PSC’s sophisticated and devastating interpretation of Julius Caesar reminds us of just how crucial it is that we keep our heads.  
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 02, 2008


Celebrate Words and Images

Speed talking
There will be plenty of zoom, dynamism, and edge in the multi-media celebration that will launch the latest Words and Images .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 25, 2008



The shifts of Michael Kimball’s newest play
Many kinds of flight throw together the doomed characters of Hideaway , five troubled people on an isolated Maine lakeshore.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 17, 2008

Morality plays

It’s hard to escape politics this fall
The next six weeks of American life will be marked by a theatrical onslaught of ambition, contention, and colorful character development.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 10, 2008


In proper style

Ogunquit Playhouse's My Fair Lady
The vocabulary, timbre, and tone of London flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Gail Bennett) are all — in the words of language-snob Professor Henry Higgins (Jefferson Mays) — “deliciously low.”
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 27, 2008


Dashing debut

Vacationland Theater Company's riotous opener
The wickedly dark, clever, and all-deprecating satire Urinetown receives a sonorous production by the newly formed Vacationland Theater Company, in Sanford, directed by Hunter F. Roberts.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 20, 2008


All in the family(1)

Lives and cultures clash in Lanyard premiere
“Home” isn’t necessarily a discrete, concrete place.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 12, 2008


Teen scenes

Giving love a bad name in the park
The show fills this summer’s void of outdoor theater with a light and gleeful touch.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 05, 2008


Class play

Monmouth gives Merchant new status
Interpreting Merchant is a perennial challenge.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 30, 2008



The spark of Salt Water Moon
Jacob’s re-wooing of Mary, conducted in real time and one act, is the story line of David French’s romantic Salt Water Moon.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 23, 2008


Wait, who are you?

Two virtuoso actors play four hilarious characters
Vaudevillian intimacies are rampant in Charles Ludlam’s Obie-winning two-men-as-everyone comedy, The Mystery of Irma Vep .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 23, 2008


Local Loraxes

Mainers speak of the trees
Choirspeak was conceived as an arts-based way to start and share conversations about our various relationships with Maine’s forests, resources which are in a lot of flux these days.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 16, 2008


Tasty bites

Seacoast puts on a Horror show
Kevin Hauge directs a production that’s fun, sharp, and well-appointed, if a touch shy on camp, for Portsmouth’s Seacoast Repertory Theatre.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 09, 2008

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