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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


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


Woolf’s Orlando on stage at USM

Shifting time and gender
Insights into both the masculine and the feminine are at the center of Virginia Woolf's Orlando , a fabulist commentary on the fluidity of gender and sexual identity.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 25, 2013


Carolyn Gage’s new short plays give women voice

Speaking out of silence
Women's experience of slavery, genocide, and cultural oppression, says playwright Carolyn Gage, is very different than men's: Sexual violence and women's ability to give birth makes them subject to a particularly penetrating form of colonization. And even the best-intentioned histories, she adds, often try to "disappear" that difference.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 10, 2013


Looking for Love(1)

In all the right vignettes of Cariani’s new play
A man and a woman in a Walmart-type store are driven into each other's arms by their Obsessive Impulsive disorder. A man has a condition that keeps him from hearing the words "I love you" from his new lover. A woman with a wife and young child searches desperately through the garage for something she's lost — herself.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 04, 2013


AIRE, starring the McCourt brothers

Quite a pair
The autobiographical two-man show they co-wrote and performed, A Couple of Blaguards, is onstage now starring the marvelous Paul Haley and Tony Reilly
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 27, 2013


Gathering together

Finding happiness amid violence
Snowlion exclusively produces works with "cultural, ethical, and spiritual value," and found both complexity and life-affirmation in Vincent Sessa's A Child's Guide to Innocence .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 20, 2013


Good Theater’s odd-couple age drama

Distance in time
It's been a rough journey that brought 21-year-old Leo (Erik Moody), on a bicycle, all the way from Washington state to the Manhattan apartment of his grandma Vera (Alma Cuervo).
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 13, 2013


Coward’s quiet play at Portland Stage

Just-so stories
The name of Noël Coward is fairly synonymous with the biting, devastating verbal wit of his farces like Blithe Spirit , in which well-off Brits behave badly, having at each other with verbal razors.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 07, 2013

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