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MEGAN GRUMBLING

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Prepare for the fall

Looking ahead at the season's dramatic arts
The season of theater at USM, Good Theater, Mad Horse, Portland Stage Company, and many more.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 18, 2014

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Taking center stage

Acorn bounces from Westbrook to Portland
“I’ve always loved hidden treasures,” says Michael Levine, founding artistic director of Acorn Productions, as he climbs the stairs to the third-floor ballroom of Mechanics Hall, a gem of a historic space concealed in plain sight right on Congress Street.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 03, 2014

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Barn full of wonder

A merry late summer throwback in Arundel
Although summer is winding down, there’s still time for this summery, feel-good theatrical throwback to simpler times.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 31, 2014

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Bereave it or not

Tripaldi's Open Casket darkens Footlights
A dramedy about death, lust, and love by Portland actress and playwright Megan E. Tripaldi.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 22, 2014

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Welcome obscenity

Mad Horse stages intimate, shocking Cabaret
When dancers or denizens at these close tables rustle, giggle, or whisper something titillating, it sounds like the prurience is coming from someone in our own party.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 22, 2014

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Wherefore art thou?

Monmouth's R&J and the quest for passion
Monmouth's R&J and the quest for passion
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 14, 2014



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The dream lives on

Theater of 'unwavering ideals' in its 78th year
The Deertrees experience is not just theater shows, and not just its program of concerts. Deertrees is also a certain ethos of small-town summertime in Maine.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 31, 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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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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