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Freeport Factory gives Holiday her due

Meeting Billie
With its low lighting, cocktail tables, scarlet-draped piano, and old-timey microphone, the scene at Freeport Factory Stage is set as a small club readied for an intimate night of jazz.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 11, 2012

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Portland Stage’s comedy about hope and age

Taking their time
In one sense, time is the most plentiful possession of World War I veterans Gustave (Edmond Genest), Henri (Munson Hicks), and Philippe (Philip Goodwin), who live together in a military retirement home in the French countryside.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 04, 2012

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Gibson Fay-LeBlanc plays the Ventriloquist

Speaking openly
"The center of everything," writes Gibson Fay-LeBlanc in Death of a Ventriloquist , "is the mouth."
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 29, 2012

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Ibsen's Ghosts haunt all of SPACE

Seething spirits
Myriad Portland spirits have conspired in raising the much-anticipated new production of Lorem Ipsum, an elegant, bewitchingly multi-medial staging of and around Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 28, 2012

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Good Theater goes big

With Neil Simon's Little Me
Of all the tenets in the American mythology, upward mobility is one of the biggies, both the most exalted and the most critiqued: We have both our Pretty Women and our Sisters Carrie.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 14, 2012

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Dramatic Rep gets Nervous, dark

Cracking a Smile
The parents of children with severe disabilities have an almost incalculably different experience than other parents.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 15, 2012



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Portland Stage resurrects four of Tennessee’s other works

Williams at 100
A young boy walks the railroad tracks with a delusional girl who lives alone in an old house.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 07, 2012

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Homer’s epic, in puppets

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Our story thus far: The war is over! No, not the Iraq War, but one of even more mythological origins: After ten years of battle against Troy, the victorious war hero Odysseus, whose distinctively phallic sword arm has a life of its own, is poised to finally lead his troops back home to Ithaca.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 07, 2012

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Acorn’s must-see production of a Pinter classic

Turning up the heat
Almost everything goes unsaid in Harold Pinter's 1958 classic, The Birthday Party .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 29, 2012

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Young actors take to the stage in Wiley and the Hairy Man

Finding courage
Deep in the Appalachian swamp, young Wiley (Luke Stickney, winningly) lives among tree toads, alligators, and plenty of magical spirits.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 22, 2012

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Williams’s shattering Menagerie in Freeport

Fragile suffering
Tom's restlessness at home in St. Louis, where he's stuck providing for his plaintive mom and crippled sister, becomes particularly oppressive in the very architecture of the Freeport Factory Stage.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 22, 2012



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Portland Stage goes noir

Adaptive ensemble
Dead guys, mysterious dames, mobsters, dirty cops, and a handsome array of handguns are all in a night's work for Philip Marlowe, novelist Raymond Chandler's quintessential LA private eye.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 15, 2012

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Female poets step up to the mic

Could be verse
While down in Cambridge last August with a team of Portland poets for the semi-finals of the National Poetry Slam, Tricia Henley Pryce says, she never saw more than one woman up on stage at a time.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 08, 2012

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Mad Horse’s Becky Shaw peers behind the love curtain

The one who knew too much
Three months after her father's death, the two people closest to thirty-something Suzanna (Elizabeth Chambers) don't have a lot of patience for her grief, which has her reduced to a weeping mess watching bad TV under a blanket.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 08, 2012

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Good Theater wrestles with love and sin

Heartplay
There's only one major problem in the love between Adam (Rob Cameron), a sarcastic would-be teacher working in retail, and Luke (Joe Bearor), an aspiring young actor.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 01, 2012

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Public Theater tries to save disappearing communication

Watch your tongue
George (James Hoban) has a knack for languages: He's a polyglot, can lovingly conjugate all tenses of even Esperanto, and has dedicated his life to preserving tongues on the brink of extinction.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 01, 2012



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Thespian games at the Theater Project

Play acting
Five people lie supine on the floor, feet outward, like a star.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 25, 2012

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Midsummer gets a twist, in midwinter

Steamy dreaming
When I learned that Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream was to be staged in frigid early winter, I wondered if the production's angle might be unabashed irony.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 18, 2012

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Carolyn Gage interprets Lizzie Borden's case

Reclaiming history
Lizzie Borden, who allegedly murdered her father and step-mother in 1892, remains an iconic figure in American cultural memory.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 11, 2012

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The second half of the season brings surprises

Comedy and danger
Those who missed out on LOREM IPSUM's Threepenny Opera this fall should get in line early for its spring production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, at SPACE Gallery (March 22-April 1).
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 28, 2011

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Playwright Gage explains Lizzie Borden, on stage

Sharpened perceptions
Alleged ax-murderer Lizzie Borden is among the most notorious women in New England history.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 28, 2011


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