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Portland Stage’s comedy about hope and age

Taking their time
In one sense, time is the most plentiful possession of World War I veterans Gustave (Edmond Genest), Henri (Munson Hicks), and Philippe (Philip Goodwin), who live together in a military retirement home in the French countryside.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 04, 2012


Add it to the reading list

The sixth annual Maine Festival of the Book
It'll be no surprise to any of our readers that we here at the Portland Phoenix are big fans of reading — and we're grateful for the time you take to read our work every week!
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  April 02, 2012


Chopsticks: A new and different 'novel'

A pair of hands at work
There's very little we writers like to do more than gnash our teeth about the future of our profession.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 28, 2012


Maine writer plays with parapsychology in her latest novel

Head inside
Of all the fantastical characters who populate the paranormal literary landscape, psychics might be the most relatable.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 28, 2012


What should art be about? UMaine prof seeks answers in history

Benton's question
There are a few things to remember about Thomas Hart Benton, an iconic American artist who died in 1975 at the age of 85.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 28, 2012


An object lesson in research as storytelling

Living history
John Brown's body may now lie a-mouldering in his grave, as the song suggests, but in life the Connecticut-born Kansan settler who led an assault on a federal installation in Virginia almost never stopped moving in his passionate zeal to rid the United States of the scourge of slavery.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 28, 2012


Behrens's solid second effort

Driving forward
If there is a male equivalent to "chick lit," Peter Behrens's latest novel, The O'Briens , is probably it, a detail-rich, character-driven historical novel that lightly touches issues of family loyalty and individual aspirations.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 28, 2012


Gibson Fay-LeBlanc plays the Ventriloquist

Speaking openly
"The center of everything," writes Gibson Fay-LeBlanc in Death of a Ventriloquist , "is the mouth."
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 29, 2012


Rebecca Goodale’s artist’s books at UNE

Binding imagination
As the seeds of spring burst from their burrows once more, a fine artist's book exhibit at the UNE Art Gallery brings a master's craftsmanship to a compelling ecological theme.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 28, 2012


Ibsen's Ghosts haunt all of SPACE

Seething spirits
Myriad Portland spirits have conspired in raising the much-anticipated new production of Lorem Ipsum, an elegant, bewitchingly multi-medial staging of and around Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 28, 2012


Greenhut’s ''Portland Show'' welcomes spring

Local joy
Every so often Greenhut organizes a "Portland Show," gathering works mostly about the city, or by artists who are identified with it, or both.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 21, 2012


Mad Horse's cutting choice of Zindel's Gamma Rays

When a group of tender seeds are exposed to toxic radiation, the ones receiving the smallest dose develop normally; those that are moderately exposed mutate into larger-than-life oddities, and the ones getting the heaviest dose wither and die.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 21, 2012


Negotiating femininity in photographs

What is real?
Myths are inventions, not based on truth.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  March 14, 2012


Good Theater goes big

With Neil Simon's Little Me
Of all the tenets in the American mythology, upward mobility is one of the biggies, both the most exalted and the most critiqued: We have both our Pretty Women and our Sisters Carrie.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 14, 2012


Dramatic Rep gets Nervous, dark

Cracking a Smile
The parents of children with severe disabilities have an almost incalculably different experience than other parents.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 15, 2012


Portland Stage resurrects four of Tennessee’s other works

Williams at 100
A young boy walks the railroad tracks with a delusional girl who lives alone in an old house.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 07, 2012


Bringing cardboard — and a gallery — to life

Recycling Biddeford
In case you're not familiar, MERC (Maine Energy Resource Company) is a massive waste-to-energy facility (a/k/a trash incinerator) that's been looming over Biddeford since 1987.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 07, 2012


Homer’s epic, in puppets

Stringed instruments
Our story thus far: The war is over! No, not the Iraq War, but one of even more mythological origins: After ten years of battle against Troy, the victorious war hero Odysseus, whose distinctively phallic sword arm has a life of its own, is poised to finally lead his troops back home to Ithaca.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 07, 2012


Acorn’s must-see production of a Pinter classic

Turning up the heat
Almost everything goes unsaid in Harold Pinter's 1958 classic, The Birthday Party .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 29, 2012


The PMA offers a glimpse inside Degas’s world

Private showing
The work of Edgar Degas has been getting much attention from museums in the past few years.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 29, 2012


Pondering the Southworth Planetarium’s laser shows

Galaxy defenders
Every year as spring approaches, the Southworth Planetarium hosts its weekly Laser Fest, a 3-D bonanza of about a dozen programs that light up the dome theater with retro-futurist animation.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 22, 2012

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