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Madness with a method

Acorn presents an arresting, gender-bending Hamlet
Acorn presents an arresting, gender-bending Hamlet
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 06, 2014

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Telling truth from fallacy

The art and artifice of DRC’s Equivocation
His considerations about whether and how to tell the truth drive Bill Cain’s remarkable Equivocation, a gripping and dizzyingly erudite work of historical fiction. Keith Powell Beyland and Brown co-direct a dazzling production, with a double- and triple-cast ensemble of some of Portland’s most arresting actors.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 06, 2014

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Survivor as perpetrator

Gage’s new play acknowledges contradiction
Gage’s new play acknowledges contradiction
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 22, 2014

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On a (Catholic) mission

PSC's humorous take on piety
A fertile window view of Georgian azaleas and Spanish moss dominates upstage, but the action takes place in Mary and Margaret’s homey, well-kept house.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 08, 2014

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A breath of fresh air

Maine Playwrights Festival celebrates 13 years
While the MPF’s premise and mission remain unchanged — to nurture the development of new locally written plays, as solicited and selected from an open call — the festival has undergone a shift in directorship.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 01, 2014

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Solidarity and love

Q&A
"The actors are experiencing the solidarity and love shared by the women of Ravensbrück —this is an incredible gift for all of us."
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 24, 2014



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The gravity of resistance

USM tackles a darkly comic world premiere
Horrific but rich in gallows humor, Tillion’s script is called In the Underworld in a new translation by Annie and Karl Bortnick, commissioned by USM and on stage now at Russell Hall under the impressive direction of Meghan Brodie.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 25, 2014

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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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