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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


The second installment of a thriving Maine literary journal

Mixing old and New
Volume Two of The New Guard literary review is 140 pages longer than its predecessor, as though its creators decided to demonstrate its growing relevance by gleefully stuffing it with more material.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 22, 2012


Young actors take to the stage in Wiley and the Hairy Man

Finding courage
Deep in the Appalachian swamp, young Wiley (Luke Stickney, winningly) lives among tree toads, alligators, and plenty of magical spirits.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 22, 2012


Williams’s shattering Menagerie in Freeport

Fragile suffering
Tom's restlessness at home in St. Louis, where he's stuck providing for his plaintive mom and crippled sister, becomes particularly oppressive in the very architecture of the Freeport Factory Stage.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 22, 2012


‘Amplified Moments’ of power and knowledge

Pensive musings
Power and intellect don't need to be opposites but often appear locked in reciprocal suppression and propagation. Bates College Museum of Art shows an excellent selection of works by Chinese artist Xiaoze Xie in which he muses on this complex relationship.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  February 15, 2012


Portland Stage goes noir

Adaptive ensemble
Dead guys, mysterious dames, mobsters, dirty cops, and a handsome array of handguns are all in a night's work for Philip Marlowe, novelist Raymond Chandler's quintessential LA private eye.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 15, 2012


Tanja Hollander takes Facebook to the PMA

Friend quest
If you've been buzzing about "Are You Really My Friend?" the new installation of Facebook-inspired portraits by local photographer and Bakery Photo Collective founder Tanja Alexia Hollander, you're not alone.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 08, 2012


Mad Horse’s Becky Shaw peers behind the love curtain

The one who knew too much
Three months after her father's death, the two people closest to thirty-something Suzanna (Elizabeth Chambers) don't have a lot of patience for her grief, which has her reduced to a weeping mess watching bad TV under a blanket.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 08, 2012


Good Theater wrestles with love and sin

There's only one major problem in the love between Adam (Rob Cameron), a sarcastic would-be teacher working in retail, and Luke (Joe Bearor), an aspiring young actor.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 01, 2012


Public Theater tries to save disappearing communication

Watch your tongue
George (James Hoban) has a knack for languages: He's a polyglot, can lovingly conjugate all tenses of even Esperanto, and has dedicated his life to preserving tongues on the brink of extinction.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 01, 2012


Cultural feedback mixes at the ICA at MECA

‘Played simultaneously’
If you can't find the link between the print archive Whole Earth Catalog exhibit and Michael Bell-Smith's installation of tech art, update your browser (haw!).
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 01, 2012


Time travel in miniature

What the future holds — or was it the past?
Although comprised of only six photographs, "Lori Nix: The City" at the University of Maine Museum of Art is a show not to be missed.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  January 25, 2012


Thespian games at the Theater Project

Play acting
Five people lie supine on the floor, feet outward, like a star.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 25, 2012


Aucocisco shows early works from Bernard Langlais and Jean Cohen

Very fine years indeed
A long time ago in a galaxy . . . well, it was just New York and it may seem like ancient history, but it was real life and what happened is part of who we are. We do like our stories about those days, and they quickly accrete the patina, and lack of detail, of legend.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 18, 2012


Midsummer gets a twist, in midwinter

Steamy dreaming
When I learned that Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream was to be staged in frigid early winter, I wondered if the production's angle might be unabashed irony.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 18, 2012


Domestic life viewed by 17 Maine photogs

Still tales
In the theater of Maine photography, the winter exhibit assembled at the Portland Public Library might be thought of as a kitchen drama — a show that tells the rich tales of the many and diverse voices of Maine domestic living — and it deserves to be seen by all who can afford to.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 11, 2012

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