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Going Cuckoo

Portland Players searches for liberation
Through the asylum’s gothic windows, high and barred, shift impossibly vivid blues, yellows, and scarlets.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 02, 2008

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Into the abyss

Generic Theater does Albee's Goat
In addition to their style and money, prize-winning architect Martin and his wife Stevie share a masterfully cultured wit.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 26, 2008

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Short Play Fest turns eight

Quick shows
It’s time once again to bring Maine’s playwrights out of their writing rooms, and to realize their creations on stage.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 26, 2008

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Portlanders on stage

The city's most prominent theater showcases hometown talent
Nobles and groundlings alike place their verbiage strategically for love, for mischief, or — most delectably — for both.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 12, 2008

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Seeing in the Dark

Seacoast Rep's sensitive interplay
Susy is a tireless master over the landscape of her Manhattan basement apartment.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 05, 2008

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Suppressing the urge

You have to pay to pee in Urinetown
Some scholars estimate an end to our current age, the “Era of Expansion,”as early as 2050.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 27, 2008



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Trading places

The aftermath of the Prelude
By the cumulative serendipities of sleeplessness, spaetzle, and Molson, young Peter and Rita  find love in New York City. Immediately.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 20, 2008

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Crucifictions

Not just telling stories
“Once upon a time” is how it starts. Upon this Michal insists.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 13, 2008

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Candy is dandy

Honey-sweet goodness at Pontine
The poet Ogden Nash might be best known for his acute “Reflections on Icebreaking”: “Candy/is dandy/but liquor/is quicker.”
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 06, 2008

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Mixed media

The Theater Project's Winter Cabaret puts TV on the boards
Purple splatter-paint graphics zoom over a flat-screen above the stage.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 30, 2008

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Glimmering fragments

Cape Elizabeth poet Jonathan Aldrich assembles the pieces
Like water and light in a long day’s array of relations, Ring Road is both a brilliantly gleaming whole and a collection of scattered gleams.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 23, 2008



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Bright dreams

The longings of mistreated women cannot be Eclipsed
Across white sheets strung on clotheslines, cool light falls from a window, as if over the most susceptible fabric of memory.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 23, 2008

Paying the price

Acknowledging our privilege causes deep suffering
Our afflicted protagonist (Keith D. Anctil, alternating shows with Jennie Hahn) would like to lead you on a thought experiment.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 16, 2008

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Electioneering

Lampooning the theater that is politics
A profound and fateful significance is bestowed, every fourth January, upon our neighbors in New Hampshire.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 09, 2008

Theatrical progress

A venue-to-venue tour of Portland
As an avid theater-goer, there are times when I hanker to positively consume a fine play.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 02, 2008

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Darkness in lights

Preview 2008: the winter of malcontents
The coming cold season of theater looks to veer toward darkness, crime, acrimony, and/or moral and sexual ambiguity — excellent news!
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 26, 2007



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Myth and legend

Portland theatre: 2007 in review
With no ado, here are some of the last year’s theatrical highlights.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 19, 2007

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Gather ’round

Kids have a lot to teach us about art
In the ancient fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper, idle bohemianism does not pay.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 12, 2007

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Don't shoot!

You'll want both eyes for Seacoast Rep's Christmas Story
Young Ralphie is a 9-year-old who knows exactly what he wants.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 28, 2007

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Honorable sacrifices

For God and King, at the Players' Ring
“Does one say ‘immoral’ or ‘amoral?’” a drunken, debauching young Henry II asks his best friend and chancellor, Thomas Becket.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 20, 2007

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Marital law

You will pay attention to your betrothed
Susan’s top bone of marital contention involves “Romance.”
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 14, 2007


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