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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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Review: A Streetcar Named Desire at the Players' Ring

The Williams masterwork, in Portsmouth
Fairly or not, my most immediate association with A Streetcar Named Desire tends to be Brando and his inimitable mournful bellow.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 05, 2011

New play based on L-A's Somali experience

Immigrant scenes
Maine's twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn gained national attention in the first few years of this century for its reception of Somali immigrants.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 05, 2011

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Mad Horse must-see

Plus Blood Wedding, and other big shows of 2010
At the top of my 2011 must-see theater list is the remainder of MAD HORSE 's 25th season, a mouth-watering line-up of provocative scripts by some modern masters of the craft.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 29, 2010

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Good Theater's marathon production, and other theatre highlights of 2010

August was tops
In my local orbits among both actors and theater-goers, one play of 2010 continues to be regularly hailed in conversation: GOOD THEATER 's momentous production of August: Osage County , a profane and exceptionally funny foray into Middle American generational pathos.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 22, 2010

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Review: Jewish wit pervades Acorn's latest production

Wry humor
Around this time of year, the vast majority of holiday entertainment — Nutcrackers both Victorian and burlesque; innumerable A Christmas Carols ; even the rogue Sedaris debauchery of The Santaland Diaries — is some sort of riff on a holiday that's at least nominally Christian.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 08, 2010



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Review: John Cariani's Last Gas premieres at Portland Stage

Pursuit of happiness
It's hard to get anywhere from Township 15, Range 8 — it's vast, empty, and hours from even Bangor.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 16, 2010

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Review: USM's production of Pinter's Betrayal

Affairs of memory
For years, married literary agent Jerry (Sage R. Landry) has conducted a love affair with Emma (Meredith Lamothe), the wife of his best friend, Robert (Patrick Molloy), a book publisher.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 16, 2010

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Review: Rolling Die gets Closer

How close is too close?
The relativity of truth is one of the enduring problems of the last half-century, and it is particularly gray and dangerous in Patrick Marber's 1996 drama Closer .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 11, 2010

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Review: Ghosts, people, booze flow together in AIRE's The Seafarer

Mixing spirits
When it comes to ghosts and other supernatural catalysts, Halloween's theatrical repertoire is actually rivaled by that of the Yuletide season.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 03, 2010

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Review: Crushing heartbreak on the American plains

Family bonds
Osage County, Oklahoma is a hot, landlocked span of plains on the border of Kansas.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 20, 2010



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Review: Summer Blink

Lovemaking, confrontations, and unanswered calls
If autumn and your imminent mid-30s are starting make you feel too sluggish, static, or reasonable, you might consider viewing Summer Blink , a new Seacoast-area movie that limns volatility and sexual curiosity circa age 18.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 20, 2010

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Review: Mad Horse's new-venue debut with Six Degrees

Not far at all
Last weekend was momentous one for Mad Horse: The theater company launched its 25th season, and welcomed audiences into its much-anticipated new performance space at Lucid Stage.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 12, 2010

Acorn opens stripped-down Studio Series

Character study
This autumn Acorn Productions adds another venture to its already myriad theatrical offerings.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 13, 2010

Review: Mad Horse's Dark Night series returns

A pleasing menu
For three years now, on the midweek evenings when their main stage show is off and the theater is normally "dark," Mad Horse has staged a whole second batch of theatrical diversions.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 13, 2010

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Review: Portland Stage's The 39 Steps works the funny bone

Comedy, not suspense
The driving force of Hitchcock's 1939 film The 39 Steps is suspense, as unwitting bachelor Richard Hannay gets caught up in espionage, train escapes, weapons technology, and the future of Europe and the world.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 07, 2010



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Go inside radio drama

Recordings
The tale-tellers behind Final Rune Productions create what they call "stories for the ear."
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 07, 2010

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Review: Steampunk at the Players' Ring

Metallic myths
Since they began gaining mass popularity in the '80s, the antique copper laser-guns, cog-studded corsets and alternate electronic empires of the steampunk genre have been buzzing the cultural circuitry ever more.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 06, 2010

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Review: Seacoast Rep's clever Rooms

Rock and love
Monica (Christine Dulong), a go-getter songwriter and Glasgow’s "young Jewish entertainer of the year," at first seems a poor match for snarky rocker Ian (Graham Bailey), who hides out in his bedroom noodling on his guitar and taking slugs from a flask. ("Can you blame me?" he asks. "Have you seen the public lately?")
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 22, 2010

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Fall Theater Preview: Not quite Oklahoma!

August: Osage County + steampunk robots
Perhaps the most anticipated Maine premiere this season is the darkly caustic family apocalypse of August: Osage County (October 14-November 7), the much-lauded 2007 tragicomedy by Tracey Letts, to be produced by the GOOD THEATER .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 15, 2010

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Review: Watch Born Yesterday, don't act that way

See for yourself
Born Yesterday  recalls the optimism of the post-World War II era, when the economy was booming, the Good War had made the world rational and safe for democracy, and millions of Americans were taking advantage of the GI Bill.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 08, 2010


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