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The elephant in the room

Snowlion gets dark with a musical tragedy
Snowlion gets dark with a musical tragedy
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 17, 2014

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It's not all peace and love in Marijuana Valley

Crash Barry's new book explores Maine's pot-farming subculture
It’s like a version of the truth that’s fun to read — but difficult to categorize.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 16, 2014

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The hydrophilic life

Jump right in with a winning Underwaterguy
The very winning world premiere of Underwaterguy , which Underwood both wrote and performs, runs now at Good Theater, under the direction of Cheryl King.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 11, 2014

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Superficial surrealism

Bowdoin exhibit lacks context
For this show, the Museum’s already impressive holdings of surrealist and modernist photography are augmented by loans from galleries and major institutions.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  April 09, 2014

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The passions of Private Lives

Battle of the exes at Portland Players
Battle of the exes at Portland Players
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 03, 2014

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Learning to hear, and listen

The struggle to find one's tribe at PSC
The vicissitudes of identity and community are difficult negotiations in Nina Raine’s drama Tribes , dynamically directed by Christopher Grabowski for Portland Stage Company.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 03, 2014



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Inspired by the legends

Acclaimed local singer celebrates Judy Garland
Acclaimed local singer celebrates Judy Garland
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 03, 2014

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The dead don't leave

AIRE’s Da closes out 10th anniversary season
The complexity of familial love, regret, and shame, as seen between Charlie, who long ago moved to London, and his simple, sometimes confounding, working-class gardener father (Tony Reilly), are the crucible of Hugh Leonard’s Da .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 28, 2014

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It's a hard knock life

Fraternal thrashing in Kessler's Orphans
Now young men, they are but two of the three orphans of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans , a drama about the fraternal shifts incited when a Chicago con-man named Harold (Michael Kimball) enters the lives of Treat and Phillip.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 28, 2014

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Seasonally affective

Two young painters exhibit devotion to form
Portland painters Ellie Porta Barnet and Kate Russo show flashes of what’s to come.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  March 28, 2014

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Harnessing the tides

At Good Theater, an honest (and sometimes humorous) look at dementia
Under the smooth direction of Brian P. Allen, three Equity actors delicately tackle the terrors of dementia, aging, and loss in this New England premiere.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 20, 2014



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Prime meridian musings

Kentridge collaborates on the concept of time
South African artist William Kentridge’s draws from this historical imperialism and expands into a wide-reaching ode to time and our inability to harness its power, in an exhibit at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston.
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  March 19, 2014

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Photography in many guises

Bryan Graf's protean vision
Bryan Graf's protean vision
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  March 14, 2014

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Remember her name

One-woman show explores the passions of a young activist
Plus, an interview with audiobook narrator Tavia Gilbert.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 12, 2014

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Crossing the divide

New play unveils cross-cultural conflict
Sally Wood directs an exuberantly acted production of this exploration of faith, politics, feminisms, and friendship, set right on the cusp of the Arab Spring.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 05, 2014

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Graphic novel-radio play mashup coming to Merrill

Star Wars
Star Wars
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 26, 2014



Local playwright headed to World Theatre Day

Subversive show tunes
Carloyn Gage has now received the distinctive global honor of being selected as one of just six international playwrights to participate this spring in the 53rd annual UNESCO-sponsored World Theatre Day, in Rome.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 26, 2014

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Unmasking African relics

Flesh and spirit collide at the Museum of African Culture
An evocative, transportive exhibit of icons, artifacts, and spirit masks from some of the many, many cultures and “kingdoms” of West Africa, what is now Cameroon and Nigeria.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 26, 2014

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Weighty matters

Grab a ringside seat for one woman's bout against her inner critic
This show, billed as “a solo vaudeville about body, food, and the inner critic,” written and performed by Bess Welden, has both a sense of humor and a deep gravity.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 26, 2014

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Fairy tale theater

Head Into the Woods in South Portland
Raymond Marc Dumont directs an energetic, vivid, and very capably performed community theater production — one with a plethora of satisfying grace notes — at Lyric Music Theater.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 20, 2014
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