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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


August Wilson’s towering Ma Rainey

 Recording history
Portland Stage Company presents an arresting production of August Wilson’s superb script, in which delays, struggles over creative control, and the sharing of tales make for a fraught recording session.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 02, 2013


Mad Horse’s School for Lies

 Charming candor
Mad Horse opens its season with a rakish and colorful production in South Portland, under the direction of Christine Louise Marshall.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 02, 2013


What we can learn from Frederick Lynch and William Manning

 Respect your elders
Both Frederick Lynch and William Manning are in their late 70s, both have taught others, and, more important, both have had a consistent arc over their long working careers. You can spot and identify works by either artist from a distance.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 03, 2013


MECA grads find visual language for smart thoughts

 Look now, look again
The contemporary art of six MECA alums, women with graduation dates spanning 1995 to 2013, make up the school’s graduate Biennial.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 26, 2013


Ahmed Alsoudani’s reckoning

 War, life, and art
The Portland Museum of Art now showcases one of the newest stars of the international art world, Ahmed Alsoudani.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  September 19, 2013


Christ gets rock-opera treatment

 Kiss me, son of God
Lest one confuse one’s Jesus musicals: While Godspell focuses on Christ’s parables and lessons, Superstar treats the culminating politics and interpersonal dynamics of a movement led by a charismatic but tortured Jesus, part pacifist revolutionary, part cult leader.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 19, 2013


Bringing out the fall’s art endeavors

 Let's get visual
Fall art shows not to miss
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 12, 2013


Suspend your disbelief this fall

 Faith beckons
Fall preview highlights
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 19, 2013

A crushing tale, beautifully told

 Palpable suffering
It’s rare that we can put a human face on American foreign policy. And even rarer that the visage belongs to a person who steps willingly into the limelight — though admittedly for other reasons.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  September 13, 2013


Jeff Badger looks up, down, and all around

 Aerial boundaries
The show is largely works on paper, and mostly funny and sometimes a little creepy, and often both.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 06, 2013


A small community with big secrets

 Triangular troubles
In a sleepy Kansas town, the strongest desires, fears, and grievances burn just below the surface, with only the occasional visible flicker. But come Labor Day, a catalyst arrives.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 30, 2013


Four decades of photographs by Olive Pierce

 An empathic look at children
Portland’s newest gallery is probably PhoPa, a collaboration between the Maine Media Workshops and College, curator Bruce Brown, and photographer Jon Edwards.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  August 30, 2013


A teenager’s assessment of public school

 Straight from the source
“Why the hell are you reading a book written by a 17-year-old kid?...If you want to know the truth, here it is. I’m a high school student in a public high school in New York. For thirteen years, I’ve been told to shut up and sit down and listen. I’ve been ignored. I’ve been left on the sidelines. Not just me, but millions of students around the country and the world. I will not be silenced any longer. Enough is enough."
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 30, 2013


Portland artists assemble new terrains

Field work
Sometimes a show offering the least information can tell us most about our surroundings.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 30, 2013


Warhol meets modernism at Ogunquit Museum

 Factory edition
It’s a strange mixture of modernist tradition, American iconoclasm, and tabloid fetishism that fuels the summer shows at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 30, 2013


The Theater at Monmouth tames the Shrew

 Playing with power
It takes someone willful to knowingly court and mount a show so contentious, to modern eyes, as The Taming of the Shrew .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 08, 2013


Exploring a massive expansion at Colby’s museum

 The wonder of Lunder
The Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the Colby College Museum of art, just opened, has added some 66 percent to the museum’s existing exhibition space, to a total now of some 38,000 square feet. With the gift of the 500 or so objects from the Lunder Collection, it means they can fill the space without breaking into a sweat.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 08, 2013


Susan Conley’s first novel finds poetry in the past and present

 Love and loss
Susan Conley believes in feeding her readers. Not in the literal sense, of course, but in a literary way.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 01, 2013


Salamanticus’s webby world

 It’s all connected
Salamanticus itself is a mysterious book, our narrator relates, which exhaustively describes the universe.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 01, 2013


Paintings of dreamy and sublime awkwardness

 More Bradford, Please
With only eight paintings, “Katherine Bradford: August” at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art leaves us wanting more.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  August 05, 2013

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