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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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Crowning the King Tide

 Water Level Update
How will sea-level rise affect Portland in the next hundred years?
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 12, 2013

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Testing the bounds of theatrical reality

Identity crisis
Identity crisis
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 27, 2013

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Finding truth in Boise’s sea of dismay

 Big-box Rapture
The break room of the Boise “Hobby Lobby,” a big-box craft store, does not seem like much of a place to go seeking communion.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 20, 2013

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Gurney’s love letter to the theater

 A star, crossing
A.R. Gurney’s play is a semi-autobiographical love letter to and affectionate crash course in golden-age theater at the cusp of a new era’s entertainments.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 14, 2013

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Adapting Chekhov for a local stage

 Bringing Russia to Maine
Uncle Vanya 's central tribulations, involving land, longing, and work, translate engagingly to our own state.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 08, 2013



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Dark humor in PSC’s Vigil

 Waiting for mortality
An agonizing waiting game ensues, in Morris Panych’s Vigil, a dark comedy about an odd couple and an odder communion, produced by Portland Stage Company.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 08, 2013

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Neil Simon’s farcical Rumors

 Over the top
 Over the top
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 31, 2013

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Portland Ballet’s sensuous, sold-out Jack the Ripper

 A cut above
Five prostitutes murdered in London in 1888 fell victim to a man who, in his folk persona, has become one of the most storied killers of all time.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 24, 2013

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Love and rage duel in Seascape

 Gone fishin’
Love sometimes comes to us in baffling, difficult and downright intolerable forms.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 25, 2013

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Three men in a crucible of captivity

Breaking free
In the 1980s, more than 90 Westerners were taken hostage in Lebanon, and the British and US governments refused to negotiate for their release.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 11, 2013



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Life isn’t so sunny after Raisin

 Race relations
Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun  inspired a new theatrical riffing: Bruce Norris’s 2010 Clybourne Park , which went on to win a Pulitzer Prize, and which is on stage now at Good Theater, under the direction of Brian P. Allen.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 11, 2013

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August Wilson’s towering Ma Rainey

 Recording history
Portland Stage Company presents an arresting production of August Wilson’s superb script, in which delays, struggles over creative control, and the sharing of tales make for a fraught recording session.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 02, 2013

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Mad Horse’s School for Lies

 Charming candor
Mad Horse opens its season with a rakish and colorful production in South Portland, under the direction of Christine Louise Marshall.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 02, 2013

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Christ gets rock-opera treatment

 Kiss me, son of God
Lest one confuse one’s Jesus musicals: While Godspell focuses on Christ’s parables and lessons, Superstar treats the culminating politics and interpersonal dynamics of a movement led by a charismatic but tortured Jesus, part pacifist revolutionary, part cult leader.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 19, 2013

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Suspend your disbelief this fall

 Faith beckons
Fall preview highlights
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 19, 2013



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A small community with big secrets

 Triangular troubles
In a sleepy Kansas town, the strongest desires, fears, and grievances burn just below the surface, with only the occasional visible flicker. But come Labor Day, a catalyst arrives.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 30, 2013

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The Theater at Monmouth tames the Shrew

 Playing with power
It takes someone willful to knowingly court and mount a show so contentious, to modern eyes, as The Taming of the Shrew .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 08, 2013

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Salamanticus’s webby world

 It’s all connected
Salamanticus itself is a mysterious book, our narrator relates, which exhaustively describes the universe.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 01, 2013

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Fenix takes Deering Oaks for fair Verona

 Two blushing pilgrims
Open-air, no-frills Shakespeare, performed by the Fenix Theatre Co. in various landscapes of Deering Oaks Park, has become a summer institution in Portland.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 25, 2013

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Nine Maine-made quickies light up Waterville

 Get shorty
In this year’s Maine Shorts program at the Maine International Film Festival, nine films range from the silly to the elegiac.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 18, 2013


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