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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

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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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Mattress revival

Lyric doesn’t take these tales lying down
Fairy tales seem to have an enduring appeal — especially when they're tweaked to look just a little bit less rarified.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 27, 2013

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Black-box results show success

Test flights
It's an on-stage-off-stage winter in Portland Stage Company's Studio Theater.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 20, 2013

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A pair of Albee shorts on show at USM

Make my satire a double
Theatergoers who have been hankering for a shot of satire are in luck this week: The University of Southern Maine is serving up the biting spirits of playwright Edward Albee, and they're making it a double, with his one-act plays The Zoo Story and The American Dream.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 06, 2013

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Good Theater premieres Death by Design

A theatrical mash-up
Someone doctors the Scotch early on, but it's brandy that playwright Edward Bennett (Rob Cameron) and his actress wife Sorel (Abigail Killeen) start in on first in Death by Design, by Rob Urbinati.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 06, 2013



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Relish in the romp of Conan Doyle’s Hound

Great fare for groundlings
A certain kind of farce distinguishes itself among theatrical forms much as pigs distinguish themselves among the farm animals: by its fondness for playing in the mud, by its grinning, no-nonsense intelligence, and by the tasty saltiness with which it is often served.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 30, 2013

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Mad Horse puts on a searing Pulitzer-nominated Iraq war play

Caging the tiger
Not too long into Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, most of the characters pacing the stage are either dead, near death, or intimate enough with it to see ghosts.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 23, 2013

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Coward brings the upper class down a notch

Finding the medium
The most sympathetic character in Noel Coward's snarky little farce, Blithe Spirit, is neither the "astral bigamist" Charles Condomine nor the petulant ghost of his first wife Elvira, nor even his beleaguered current wife Ruth.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 16, 2013

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Moving performances at SPACE

Warming up winter
Quite a few evolutions have taken shape over the last year at SPACE Gallery, including the opening of the Annex and the redesign of the main gallery, which just turned ten years old.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 31, 2012

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Your cues for great shows in 2013

Places, everyone!
Both big performance festivals of 2012 promise to be even bigger in 2013: PORTFRINGE runs June 24-30 at four performing spaces, with another open call and even more performance slots available.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 26, 2012



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2012’s many theatrical joys

A year in footlights
The past year in Portland theater saw a gain, a loss, and a move: First, summer brought us the first annual PortFringe festival and the inaugural Portland Performing Arts Festival.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 19, 2012

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Acorn’s Jewish holiday tradition continues

A new Legend
While at this point in the season we are regularly deluged with plays set on or around Christmas, there's not usually a whole lot of holiday fare out there for Jews.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 12, 2012

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No humbug here

But a good harrumph will do!
The singer Phoebe Snow has a great wry line about our next major secular holiday.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 28, 2012

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NHTP’s wistful Godot

Stop making sense
Their tree is a coil of mottled cables tapering into two spindly branches, their mound for sitting on is a dull gray stone, and this terrain is simply lit by two blue and two bare lights.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 20, 2012

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World premiere at PSC looks back, forward

Wait for the boom
Middle-aged, affluent Noel (David Adkins) and Anne (Corinna May) have arrived at the "comfortable" stage of marriage.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 14, 2012



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Hapgood goes inside the human heart

Quantum of psyche
Here's a gloss on two basic theories about how things get weird at the subatomic level: First, a photon (light particle) is trickily capable of behaving like both a particle and a wave, and whether it acts as one or the other depends principally upon whether or not we are looking.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 07, 2012

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A racial duet at Dramatic Rep

Brothers in arms
Their father meant nothing particularly serious when he named his sons, African-American like himself, Lincoln and Booth — in fact, Booth tells his little brother, the names were kind of a joke.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 01, 2012

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Inverting, and illuminating, the story of Eurydice

Myth, updated
The memory-darkening waters of the Lethe run in unlikely channels — inside a blue-lit elevator, through a system of pipes and spigots, in the sound of a persistent drip always somewhere just out of sight.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 01, 2012

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Ziggurat haunts the woods

Enchanted evening
We gather in the dark and the stray beams of each other's flashlights, on the edge of fields and woods just shy of Merrymeeting Bay.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 24, 2012

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Good Theater explores being stuck, and escaping

Understanding poverty
The wood walls are streaky and weathered in the homes of both Margie (Denise Poirier) and Mike (James Noel Hoban).
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 18, 2012


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