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Luc Demers photographs moonlightE

 Seeing in the Dark
Whether you view Luc Demers’s new show, “Moonlit,” up close or from afar, his nocturnal exploration offers an intimate experience of your very own making.
By: EDWIGE CHARLOT  |  December 04, 2013


Testing the bounds of theatrical reality

Identity crisis
Identity crisis
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 27, 2013


Steven Laxton’s photos of Salvadoran circus performers ring false

 Distorted lens
We should be prepared for some twists and turns at the pretty yet ultimately depressing show at PhoPa Gallery.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 27, 2013


On recent criticisms of Bolduc Bolduc’s Gargantua

 Critical reflections
The usual critical suspects have been falling all over themselves to make sense — and thus, they no doubt hope, good — of writer-director-actor Bolduc Bolduc’s salmagundi of a new theater work, Gargantua .
By: MEHITABLE GRIPING  |  November 20, 2013


Finding truth in Boise’s sea of dismay

 Big-box Rapture
The break room of the Boise “Hobby Lobby,” a big-box craft store, does not seem like much of a place to go seeking communion.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 20, 2013


Viewing MECA’s faculty show

 Viewing MECA’s faculty show
ICA’s cavernous galleries are now dotted with pieces by current faculty members Sascha Braunig (painting), Samantha Haedrich (graphic design), Hilary Irons (foundation), and Peter Simensky (MFA), which, thanks to their strength, not their scale, can hold their own in the ample space around them.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  November 20, 2013


Gurney’s love letter to the theater

 A star, crossing
A.R. Gurney’s play is a semi-autobiographical love letter to and affectionate crash course in golden-age theater at the cusp of a new era’s entertainments.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 14, 2013


Contemporary Chinese women contemplate progress at Bowdoin

Something must break
The march of progress isn’t always positive.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 14, 2013


Adapting Chekhov for a local stage

 Bringing Russia to Maine
Uncle Vanya 's central tribulations, involving land, longing, and work, translate engagingly to our own state.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 08, 2013


Dark humor in PSC’s Vigil

 Waiting for mortality
An agonizing waiting game ensues, in Morris Panych’s Vigil, a dark comedy about an odd couple and an odder communion, produced by Portland Stage Company.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 08, 2013


Derek Jackson transmutes early memories into brilliant paintings

 Intro to color
Memory may be notoriously spotty with the facts, but it’s a lot more reliable summoning a long-forgotten feeling.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 07, 2013


Neil Simon’s farcical Rumors

 Over the top
 Over the top
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 31, 2013


Jeff Epstein’s intimate paintings of the everyday

 Jeff Epstein’s intimate paintings of the everyday
Jeff Epstein’s show is a group of small paintings in a small room at the end of a small alley in Portland, but it opens questions that are valuable and substantial.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 30, 2013


Morris David Dorenfeld’s woven geometries

 From serene to boisterous
Icon Contemporary Art in Brunswick shows 15 of Dorenfeld’s tapestries illustrating this range from incremental repetition to all-encompassing composition, from eye-pleasing color harmonies to high-key contrasts, from serenity to vivacity.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  October 24, 2013


Portland Ballet’s sensuous, sold-out Jack the Ripper

 A cut above
Five prostitutes murdered in London in 1888 fell victim to a man who, in his folk persona, has become one of the most storied killers of all time.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 24, 2013


Love and rage duel in Seascape

 Gone fishin’
Love sometimes comes to us in baffling, difficult and downright intolerable forms.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 25, 2013


Greta Bank pours light onto concealed subjects

 The body at work
Courageous, theatrical, and conceptually rich, Greta Bank’s “NSFW” installation in the SPACE Gallery annex breathes life into conceptions of Portland art.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 17, 2013


Ruminations inspired by the PMA Biennial

 Think time
This Biennial exhibit seems cleaner and more digestible than years past, for better or worse containing fewer conceptual and formal outliers. Rarer are the monstrous, unclassifiable constructions which spanned entire gallery walls, or the topical pieces confronting us with the conflicts of contemporary life.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 14, 2013


A curator eyes the Portland museum of art’s new biennial approach

 Piecing and translating
What this Biennial has lost in liveliness and surprise, it has gained in depth.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  October 11, 2013


Three men in a crucible of captivity

Breaking free
In the 1980s, more than 90 Westerners were taken hostage in Lebanon, and the British and US governments refused to negotiate for their release.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 11, 2013


Life isn’t so sunny after Raisin

 Race relations
Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun  inspired a new theatrical riffing: Bruce Norris’s 2010 Clybourne Park , which went on to win a Pulitzer Prize, and which is on stage now at Good Theater, under the direction of Brian P. Allen.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 11, 2013

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