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Review: Acorn camps, vamps in Shakespeare's Cymbeline

Poetic fetish
When the servant Pisania (April Singley) enters to herald the opening iambs of Cymbeline , her Elizabethan diction is bracingly offset by her skintight black vinyl and fishnets.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 12, 2011

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Local musical sends up gay-hating, gay culture

Theatrical exposures
Reverend Jonathan Fisher (Michael Tobin), founder of Straight and Narrow, an evangelical congregation meant to "cure" homosexuals, has a problem.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 12, 2011

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Review: Mad Horse's Spring Awakening, a 19th-century play with 21st-century actors

Youthful vigor
Images of white plum blossoms surge over both the back wall and the floor of the Spring Awakening set.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 12, 2011

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Review: Pontine explores Hawthorne's ancestral thriller

Spirit world
Perhaps nowhere in America is the past as tangible a presence as it is in New England.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 04, 2011

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Review: Acorn's Maine Playwrights Festival marks a decade

Ten new plays
For 10 years now, Acorn Productions has provided an annual platform for both new and established Maine playwrights to see their work enacted by live bodies under hot lights.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 20, 2011

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Review: An émigré's struggle with his baggage, in AIRE's Brendan

When the pipes aren't calling
America, enthuses Irish émigré Brendan (Michael Dix Thomas), is the smell of coffee and gasoline.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 06, 2011



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Get a glimpse of Open Waters' Farms and Fables project

Planting seeds for the future
Last summer, four theater artists experienced a rather different kind of arts residency: They spent months on three local farms, planting, weeding, and talking with farm workers.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 06, 2011

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Review: Surviving the vivid depravity of Killer Joe

Brutal honesty
Owing money to the wrong dudes, young Texas fuck-up and minor drug dealer Chris Smith (Christopher Reiling) hatches a fundraising plan: Hire a hit-man to take out the estranged Smith matriarch — that is, his mom — then collect on her insurance to save his impecunious ass.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 30, 2011

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Review: Good Theater's hilarious Farce

Rooms of laughs
You can tell a lot about a couple by their bedroom, says proper English matron Delia (Cathy Counts) to her husband Ernest (Bob McCormack).
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 30, 2011

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Review: PSC winningly turns the Wright brothers upside-down in Center of Gravity

Into the distance
The set of Portland Stage Company's Center of Gravity is a spacious, elegant network of cables, a ladder, and a ramp.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 16, 2011

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Review: Dramatic Repertory Company ponders deep subjects in Blue/Orange

Inside the shrinks
The set is black and white — dark modern chairs and table against a pale grid of a screen, like a vertical drop-ceiling.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 09, 2011



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Review: Lyric Music Theater's Rent celebrates culture

Entertaining activists
A great affection remains among audiences for Rent , Jonathan Larson's 1994 rock opera based on Puccini's La Bohème — it has toured the world several times over, and is slated for an Off-Broadway revival this summer.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 03, 2011

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Review: Orphans become family at Seacoast Rep

Going it alone
For years, Philip (Michael Propster) has lived shut up in a sordid North Philadelphia apartment and in the vacuum of his older brother Treat's tyranny. Motivated by equal parts love, fear, fraternal jockeying, and his own repressed sense of loss, Treat (Kent Burnham) has kept Philip away from the world and frozen in a state of suspended childhood.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 23, 2011

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Review: Good Theater's solid Moonlight and Magnolias

Southern follies
A lot of folks still consider the 1939 film Gone With the Wind to be the best loved and most iconic American movie of all time — and that's the primary concern of Ron Hutchinson's Moonlight and Magnolias , a comedic romp about the monumental difficulties of making Margaret Mitchell's humongous best-seller into a decent film.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 16, 2011

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Just ‘Pain,’ thanks

Avant the garde
Let there be no confusion: There is no "e" at the end of Thom Pain's name.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 16, 2011

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Review: Actors are concert pianists too, in PSC's 2 Pianos 4 Hands

Two roles
A good bout of slapstick goes on between tuxedoed pianists Ted (Tom Frey) and Richard (Jeffrey Rockwell) before they finally flip back their tails and get into Bach's Concerto in D Minor :
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 09, 2011



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Review: Theater Project's Pride and Prejudice stays authentically powerful

Classical strength
Jane Austen's classic 19th-century novel of manners and morals, Pride and Prejudice , has undergone a truly weird range of reinterpretations. But the classics also deserve a little unalloyed love.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 01, 2011

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Review: Mad Horse takes Albee's The Goat to the edge

There but for the grace of God
Famous architect Martin (James Herrera), his wife Stevie (Christine Louise Marshall), and their gay teenage son Billy (Benedetto Robinson) are a highly and self-consciously cultured family.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 27, 2011

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Review: Dark nights with The Play About the Baby

Testing love
On the weeknights when The Goat is off and Lucid Stage would otherwise be dark, Mad Horse is doubling everyone's Albee pleasure, if that's quite the right word for what this master playwright's work evinces.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 26, 2011

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Review: A composer’s jealousy drives Amadeus at NHTP

Sacred bargain
Early in his youth, an Italian named Antonio Salieri (the outstanding Blair Hundertmark) knelt in church, looked up, and saw a certain God: "An old, candle-smoked God with a mulberry robe, staring out at the world with a dealer's eyes."
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 19, 2011

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Preview: The sweltering, classically elegant Blood Wedding

Lorca's murderous Spaniards visit SPACE
Just about a year ago, an irrepressible new grassroots theater ensemble in Portland surged to the stage with the gloriously unabashed boorishness of Ubu Roi , a gem of French proto-Absurdism.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 19, 2011


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