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The elephant in the room

Snowlion gets dark with a musical tragedy
Snowlion gets dark with a musical tragedy
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 17, 2014

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The hydrophilic life

Jump right in with a winning Underwaterguy
The very winning world premiere of Underwaterguy , which Underwood both wrote and performs, runs now at Good Theater, under the direction of Cheryl King.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 11, 2014

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The passions of Private Lives

Battle of the exes at Portland Players
Battle of the exes at Portland Players
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 03, 2014

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Learning to hear, and listen

The struggle to find one's tribe at PSC
The vicissitudes of identity and community are difficult negotiations in Nina Raine’s drama Tribes , dynamically directed by Christopher Grabowski for Portland Stage Company.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 03, 2014

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The dead don't leave

AIRE’s Da closes out 10th anniversary season
The complexity of familial love, regret, and shame, as seen between Charlie, who long ago moved to London, and his simple, sometimes confounding, working-class gardener father (Tony Reilly), are the crucible of Hugh Leonard’s Da .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 28, 2014

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It's a hard knock life

Fraternal thrashing in Kessler's Orphans
Now young men, they are but two of the three orphans of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans , a drama about the fraternal shifts incited when a Chicago con-man named Harold (Michael Kimball) enters the lives of Treat and Phillip.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 28, 2014



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Remember her name

One-woman show explores the passions of a young activist
Plus, an interview with audiobook narrator Tavia Gilbert.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 12, 2014

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Crossing the divide

New play unveils cross-cultural conflict
Sally Wood directs an exuberantly acted production of this exploration of faith, politics, feminisms, and friendship, set right on the cusp of the Arab Spring.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 05, 2014

Local playwright headed to World Theatre Day

Subversive show tunes
Carloyn Gage has now received the distinctive global honor of being selected as one of just six international playwrights to participate this spring in the 53rd annual UNESCO-sponsored World Theatre Day, in Rome.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 26, 2014

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Weighty matters

Grab a ringside seat for one woman's bout against her inner critic
This show, billed as “a solo vaudeville about body, food, and the inner critic,” written and performed by Bess Welden, has both a sense of humor and a deep gravity.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 26, 2014

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Fairy tale theater

Head Into the Woods in South Portland
Raymond Marc Dumont directs an energetic, vivid, and very capably performed community theater production — one with a plethora of satisfying grace notes — at Lyric Music Theater.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 20, 2014



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When worlds collide

A perfect winter romp at Good Theater
Amid the winter rigors of shoveling out and an imminent Valentine’s Day, the Good Theater offers a bit of light theatrical catharsis and relief.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 12, 2014

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Chekhov redux (again)

A glowering Uncle Vanya at the Theater Project in Brunswick
The boredom is crippling on the Russian country estate of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya , but so is the roiling of unrealized desires.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 06, 2014

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Nice work if you can get it

PSC’s Words By offers a glimpse at the lesser-known Gershwin
Of the Gershwin brothers — who together formed perhaps the most quintessential partnership of the American songbook — we tend to hear more, and more dazzlingly, about George.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 30, 2014

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Keeping the tigers at bay

Trauma lurks below the surface at Public Theatre
The pain to be confronted is stealthy but fierce for everyone in Kim Rosenstock’s 2010 comedy Tigers Be Still , which runs now at the Public Theatre in Lewiston, under the direction of Christopher Schario.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 30, 2014

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Soul to squeeze

Mad Horse gets metaphysical with Vigils
A Widow (Janice Gardner) has had trouble moving on from the death of her firefighter husband: She keeps his Soul (Burke Brimmer) locked in a box — literally — and talks to and hugs it at regular intervals.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 23, 2014



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Saying yes, yes, yes

PSC's second annual Studio Rep series
This January brings the second year of Portland Stage Company’s Studio Rep series, a welcome initiative that brings three independent theater companies into PSC’s Studio Theater to mount new productions.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 23, 2014

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Riffing on The Prince

 A modern homage to a well-loved book
in a brand-new script called Finding the Prince , the beloved text serves as a prism for a very specific human experience: military wartime.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 16, 2014

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Planning the year in show biz

A run of runs
Portland-area theater in 2014 will take on the vicissitudes of activism, politics, religion, and family.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 26, 2013

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A look back at changing theatrics

Turn and face the strange
Among the last year’s highlights in theater is the second annual PortFringe festival, which was staggeringly successful and even more expansive in its second year.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 19, 2013

Play local

A new Mad Horse series stages Mainers’ full-length shows
Local actor and writer Brent Askari has spearheaded the launch of By Local, a new series at Mad Horse dedicated to staging readings of full-length plays by local writers.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 12, 2013


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