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Changing times

Revisiting 20th-century progressivism
The changes today's presidential candidates are talking about are modest in comparison with the radical leftist politics of the first half of the last century.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 04, 2008

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On the verge

A very busy Roadside
A plot line so busy that it crowds its characters.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 28, 2008

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Back to school

Harbor Light's trolley-ride through time
It’s a veritable survey of cosmic philosophies, thinly veiled as (highly entertaining) drunk talk.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 21, 2008

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Staying mum

Portland Stage questions authority
Caught between two strong personalities, between tradition and modernism, and between the realms of women and of men — Sister James wakes to the grays of good, faith, and motivation.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 14, 2008

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Venice in Longfellow Square

On location
All the venue’s a stage in Naked Shakespeare’s theatrical ethos.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 07, 2008

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Natural style

The Theater Project's fab Steel Magnolias
The Louisiana salon run by Truvy is packed with the stuff of 1980s comfort and beauty: Tab, trolls, and a whole slew of blow dryers.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 07, 2008



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Aching leave

Philadelphia, Here I Come! explores the internal and external struggles of home
Compared to the staid, changeless Irish village of Balleybeg, America seems like a “vast restless place,” a land of “impermanence and anonymity,” and a country where “nobody gives a damn about the past.”
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 30, 2008

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Speaking up

A masterful Silence  from The Originals in Bar Mills
A new millennium sires volatile and uncertain creatures.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 24, 2008

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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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