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A chat room sex scandal
The main characters of the play Speech and Debate, three Oregon high school misfits, do a lot of their living among the modern technologies of chat rooms, Google, and personal video blogs.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 01, 2009


Just-so stories

Noel Coward's Fallen Angels wait for love
There's plenty of room for neurotic misbehavior in Noel Coward's Fallen Angels .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 25, 2009


Divine operas

USM shows off two Puccini one-acts
USM shows off two Puccini one-acts
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 18, 2009


Breaking away

Exploring womanhood at Portland Stage
Out of Sterno  is a quirky feminist comedy by Deborah Zoe Laufer, directed by Casey Stangl for Portland Stage Company.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 11, 2009


Review: The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet

In this Verona, small children dwell
For young love, kiss, and star-cross, you're hard-pressed to get/more quintessence than Romeo and Juliet...
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 04, 2009


City of Angels at Lyric Music Theater

Parallel lives: See both in City of Angels at Lyric Music Theater
It's 1940s Hollywood, and we swerve between Stine's reality and Stone's parallel one, in City of Angels , a musical comedy-cum-musical noir , directed by Mary Meserve for South Portland's Lyric Music Theater.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 25, 2009



A conversation with a Nobel-winning polymath: QED
A conversation with a Nobel-winning polymath: QED
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 11, 2009


Norse myths

Creating Peer Gynt at PSC
A troll, according to folklore, can conceive by lust alone. That's one presumptuous genesis, and one that Peer Gynt learns the hard way.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 04, 2009


Friends, Romans...

...Courtesans? Funny Thing, that
Colorful archetypes abound in this super-stratified society of ancient Rome.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2009


Not messing about

Mad Horse's beautiful Clean House
The pale modernism of Lane's living room, plush but sterile, is being slowly strewn with stuff: barely bitten apples, playing cards, a bright yellow spice.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2009


Review: La Cage aux Folles

"All about love"
La Cage aux Folles at Portland Players
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 21, 2009


Stirring the pot

Changes are afoot in the local theater scene
The new year ushers in some lively shake-ups and stirrings among Portland's theater community.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 14, 2009

In the shadows

Secrets + stories hit the boards in 2009
As we look into the new year, let's start with the most primal theatrical basics: stories.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 31, 2008


Drink up!

Santaland gets to the dark heart of Christmas
Santaland gets to the dark heart of Christmas
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 10, 2008


Don't get comfy

The Pain and the Itch is no cozy reunion
If you expect your own Thanksgiving to also include a helping of familial anxiety, rest assured that you have nothing on the relatives gathered in Bruce Norris's very black comedy, The Pain and the Itch .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 26, 2008


Bridesmaids' banter

In Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
At this upper-crust Tennessee wedding, we never see the bride, but her quintet of reluctant bridesmaids gets down to some deep and dirty truths in the sassy, irreverent Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, an early comedy by Alan Ball.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 19, 2008


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

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