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All the world's a stage

Shakespeare's colorful As You Like It in Monmouth, Bath, and Deering Oaks Park
When three theater companies, all within a one-hour drive of Portland, choose to present the same Shakespeare play on overlapping dates, you have to wonder what about that particular show resonates with this particular moment.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 24, 2014

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Steel poppies

City Theater revives stripper romp
Linda Sturdivant directs a spirited and attractively appointed production of the musical The Full Monty , the Americanized version of the 1997 British film, at the historic City Theater, in Biddeford.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 18, 2014

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The most brutal sport

Billy Elliot scores big at Ogunquit Playhouse
Ballet is not for pussies.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 11, 2014

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Distilled portrait

MSMT’s  Chamberlain pays faithful homage
The greatest love of the show’s title—for both Chamberlain and its audience—remains the war itself.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 10, 2014

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Make/Believe

PortFringe is back with 50+ performances over six days and nights
Portland is already in the thick of the PortFringe 2014, the city’s third annual festival of eclectic, wide-ranging theater from here and afar. This year’s festival of 50 shows runs June 24-29 at six venues — Empire, Geno’s, Mayo Street Arts, SPACE Gallery, and the Portland Stage Studio Theater and Storefront — and includes a first-ever Family Fringe program.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 25, 2014

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As we like it

Raising the curtain on Maine's summer shows
PortFringe, Fenix Theatre Company, Maine State Music Theatre, Deertrees Theatre, and more
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 18, 2014



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A complex fall from grace

The colors and casualties of Grey Gardens
Ray Marc Dumont directs a taut, colorful, riveting production of Grey Gardens for Mad Horse Theatre Company.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 11, 2014

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Madness with a method

Acorn presents an arresting, gender-bending Hamlet
Acorn presents an arresting, gender-bending Hamlet
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 06, 2014

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Telling truth from fallacy

The art and artifice of DRC’s Equivocation
His considerations about whether and how to tell the truth drive Bill Cain’s remarkable Equivocation, a gripping and dizzyingly erudite work of historical fiction. Keith Powell Beyland and Brown co-direct a dazzling production, with a double- and triple-cast ensemble of some of Portland’s most arresting actors.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 06, 2014

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Survivor as perpetrator

Gage’s new play acknowledges contradiction
Gage’s new play acknowledges contradiction
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 22, 2014

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On a (Catholic) mission

PSC's humorous take on piety
A fertile window view of Georgian azaleas and Spanish moss dominates upstage, but the action takes place in Mary and Margaret’s homey, well-kept house.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 08, 2014



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A breath of fresh air

Maine Playwrights Festival celebrates 13 years
While the MPF’s premise and mission remain unchanged — to nurture the development of new locally written plays, as solicited and selected from an open call — the festival has undergone a shift in directorship.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 01, 2014

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Welcome to 'Sandyland'

 One of the Greats
This Saturday night, Jonathan’s in Ogunquit welcomes comedian, actress, and brazen cultural observer Sandra Bernhard.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 25, 2014

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Solidarity and love

Q&A
"The actors are experiencing the solidarity and love shared by the women of Ravensbrück —this is an incredible gift for all of us."
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 24, 2014

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The gravity of resistance

USM tackles a darkly comic world premiere
Horrific but rich in gallows humor, Tillion’s script is called In the Underworld in a new translation by Annie and Karl Bortnick, commissioned by USM and on stage now at Russell Hall under the impressive direction of Meghan Brodie.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 25, 2014

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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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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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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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