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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


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


Suspend your disbelief this fall

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


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


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


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


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


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


The hoi polloi run this show

Participatory performance
In Shakespeare contemporary Francis Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle , gamely directed by Patrick Flick for the Theater at Monmouth, two well-meaning Citizens of 1600s London derail a conventional Elizabethan comedy and recreate it in their own image.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 10, 2013


It’s not easy being teen

A new parable from Snowlion
Teenagers can be mean. They can pick up on — and crucify other kids for — the barest hints of insecurity, let alone more glaring disabilities or difference.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 20, 2013


PortFringe returns — with almost 50 shows in five days

See how it flutters!
Summer is finally upon us, but for theater-goers, that doesn't have to mean all show tunes and Shakespeare-in-the-parks: The exhilaratingly non-mainstream anomalies, innovations, and debaucheries of PortFringe, Portland's festival of new, edgy, and experimental theater works, are back for a second year.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 20, 2013


Living-room fun from the 19th century

Retro Acting
Do any Luddites out there long for ye older days of living-room fun?
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 20, 2013


This Bard’s grisly, but not bloody

Bring out your dead
Bring out your dead
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 13, 2013


Baring deep Injuries

 Unwinding the gauze
Sean Mewshaw is back at SPACE with a new project.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 07, 2013

Dramatic Rep gets self-referential

We’ve now officially entered the season of musicals, and if you’re hankering for something in the genre that’s a little cleverer, somewhat raunchier, and way more meta than the usual fare, look no farther than [title of show].
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 07, 2013


What the drama gods are offering this year

The summer trinity
As it heats up around here, theatergoers can look for a sure trinity of major summer offerings.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 07, 2013


Ogunquit Playhouse revives four superstars

Return to greatness
For a certain generation, attending the musical The Rat Pack is Back! is to indulge in an evening of nostalgic transport, watching four performers recreate the songs and antics of four superstars during their golden era, playing sold-out shows in Las Vegas. For a younger generation, such an evening presents an opportunity for a little historical pop-cultural education.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 30, 2013


Wallace Shawn’s dialogue in Lorem Ipsum's mouth

You keep using that word
Pedestrians passing the window of Rose Contemporary gallery last weekend might have wondered what several leering, expensively dressed people were up to inside.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 23, 2013


Thoughtful laughs in Wittenberg

Hamlet's salad days
Much has been made of Prince Hamlet's exhausting philosophical indecision. To be or not? To kill or not? He has a hell of a time figuring it out, when he should be happily ensconced in college life back in Wittenberg.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 09, 2013


Twelve Maine plays in Acorn’s festival

Homegrown dozen
It's time once again for Acorn Productions' annual celebration of the playwrights living among us.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 03, 2013


A surreal comedy from Dramatic Rep

Fins to the left, fins to the right
Life is in upheaval for these four friends, and all of them will need to go deep to make sense of things in Swimming in the Shallows , a comedy with a touch of the surreal, by Adam Bock.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 24, 2013

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