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Mad tea party

Healing and humor in Rabbit Hole
Becca is constantly concocting elaborate desserts for the people in her life.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 23, 2008

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Real activists know Jimmy Higgins

Learning from history
The changes 21st-century presidential candidates talk about are modest in comparison with the radical leftist politics of the first half of the last century.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 23, 2008

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Degrees of difficulty

Portland Stage's subtle premiere of Magnetic North
“Well, this has to be inappropriate,” says Mara, hastily moving away from a rather close moment with old flame James.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 16, 2008

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Center of the universe

Mad Horse moves Hedda Gabler to the ’50s
Triangulations are many and charged in the Tesmans’ circle, and for newlywed Hedda Tesman, née Gabler, it is imperative to be an apex.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 09, 2008

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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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