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Norse myths

Creating Peer Gynt at PSC
A troll, according to folklore, can conceive by lust alone. That's one presumptuous genesis, and one that Peer Gynt learns the hard way.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 04, 2009

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Friends, Romans...

...Courtesans? Funny Thing, that
Colorful archetypes abound in this super-stratified society of ancient Rome.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2009

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Not messing about

Mad Horse's beautiful Clean House
The pale modernism of Lane's living room, plush but sterile, is being slowly strewn with stuff: barely bitten apples, playing cards, a bright yellow spice.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2009

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Review: La Cage aux Folles

"All about love"
La Cage aux Folles at Portland Players
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 21, 2009

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Stirring the pot

Changes are afoot in the local theater scene
The new year ushers in some lively shake-ups and stirrings among Portland's theater community.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 14, 2009

In the shadows

Secrets + stories hit the boards in 2009
As we look into the new year, let's start with the most primal theatrical basics: stories.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 31, 2008



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Drink up!

Santaland gets to the dark heart of Christmas
Santaland gets to the dark heart of Christmas
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 10, 2008

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Don't get comfy

The Pain and the Itch is no cozy reunion
If you expect your own Thanksgiving to also include a helping of familial anxiety, rest assured that you have nothing on the relatives gathered in Bruce Norris's very black comedy, The Pain and the Itch .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 26, 2008

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Bridesmaids' banter

In Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
At this upper-crust Tennessee wedding, we never see the bride, but her quintet of reluctant bridesmaids gets down to some deep and dirty truths in the sassy, irreverent Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, an early comedy by Alan Ball.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 19, 2008

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Tragic despair

Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind
A disturbing restlessness lies at the heart of Sam Shepard's rugged, dysfunctional American West. Men run off and then return, rebel and then cleave.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 12, 2008

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Right on target

AIRE’s Lonesome West hits home
Under Tony Reilly’s direction, the American Irish Repertory Ensemble makes rich, wicked, and poignant work of the brothers’ murderous one-upmanship.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 05, 2008



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Two in the hand

Good Theater’s duo throw a few Stones
The excellent Brian Chamberlain and Christopher Reiling slip in and out of leads and extras alike in the Good Theater’s superb, must-see Stones in his Pockets .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 05, 2008

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Mom genes

The Public Theatre explores motherhood
Secrets of a Soccer Mom  is   a sassy feel-good comedy by Kathleen Clark, sharply directed by Christopher Schario for the Public Theatre.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 29, 2008

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Mimics’ feast

Harbor Light’s dark and funny Three Viewings
Harbor Light Stage, the adventurous new Kittery-based theater company, loves to play with its locations.  
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 22, 2008

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The mouths of babes

Mad Horse’s chilling season opener
The terrorism of emotional manipulation and smear campaigns is certainly alive and well anywhere that somebody wants a certain kind of power.  
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 16, 2008

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Running onward

Shepard’s Fool For Love at USM
Two doomed lovers meet — not for the first and surely not for the last time — in Sam Shepard’s dark romance of love and the American West, Fool For Love.  
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 09, 2008



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Mad Horse starts new midweek theater series

Darkness falls early
This month, Mad Horse Theater Company offers the inaugural installment of a new way to savor theater: in an array of morsels, with no waiting until the weekend.  
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 09, 2008

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Vast and intimate

Portland Stage’s masterful Caesar
PSC’s sophisticated and devastating interpretation of Julius Caesar reminds us of just how crucial it is that we keep our heads.  
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 02, 2008

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Celebrate Words and Images

Speed talking
There will be plenty of zoom, dynamism, and edge in the multi-media celebration that will launch the latest Words and Images .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 25, 2008

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Perspectives

The shifts of Michael Kimball’s newest play
Many kinds of flight throw together the doomed characters of Hideaway , five troubled people on an isolated Maine lakeshore.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 17, 2008

Morality plays

It’s hard to escape politics this fall
The next six weeks of American life will be marked by a theatrical onslaught of ambition, contention, and colorful character development.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 10, 2008


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