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Twelve Maine plays in Acorn’s festival

It's time once again for Acorn Productions' annual celebration of the playwrights living among us.
Homegrown dozen
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 27, 2013

2012’s many theatrical joys

The past year in Portland theater saw a gain, a loss, and a move: First, summer brought us the first annual PortFringe festival and the inaugural Portland Performing Arts Festival.
A year in footlights
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 21, 2012

Acorn’s Jewish holiday tradition continues

While at this point in the season we are regularly deluged with plays set on or around Christmas, there's not usually a whole lot of holiday fare out there for Jews.
A new Legend
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 14, 2012

Notes from the Fringe

As you read these very words, the great Portland Fringe 2012 is already up and running. Herein we highlight three of the Fringe's more beguilingly strange offerings.
Three shows not to miss
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 29, 2012

Acorn performs ten plays by Maine writers

This year, the ten short plays of Acorn Productions' 11th Annual Maine Playwrights Festival, chosen from more than 50 submitted to this year's open call, tends toward the dark: it includes specters of AIDS, the economic downturn, child abuse, and death b
Ups and downs in new works
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 27, 2012

Acorn’s must-see production of a Pinter classic

Almost everything goes unsaid in Harold Pinter's 1958 classic, The Birthday Party .
Turning up the heat
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 02, 2012


The second half of the season brings surprises

Those who missed out on LOREM IPSUM's Threepenny Opera this fall should get in line early for its spring production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, at SPACE Gallery (March 22-April 1).
Comedy and danger
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 30, 2011

Acorn bares souls in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Edward Albee's heavyweight Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a horror story.
Illusions + pretenses
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 18, 2011

Maine's quirky summer stage season

Summertime and a lush arboreal landscape is an unexpected setting for Samuel Beckett's flinty Waiting for Godot , and this reviewer is already stirred.
History + mystery
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 17, 2011

Review: Acorn camps, vamps in Shakespeare's Cymbeline

When the servant Pisania (April Singley) enters to herald the opening iambs of Cymbeline , her Elizabethan diction is bracingly offset by her skintight black vinyl and fishnets.
Poetic fetish
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 13, 2011

Good Theater's marathon production, and other theatre highlights of 2010

In my local orbits among both actors and theater-goers, one play of 2010 continues to be regularly hailed in conversation: GOOD THEATER 's momentous production of August: Osage County , a profane and exceptionally funny foray into Middle American gen
August was tops
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 24, 2010


Review: Jewish wit pervades Acorn's latest production

Around this time of year, the vast majority of holiday entertainment — Nutcrackers both Victorian and burlesque; innumerable A Christmas Carols ; even the rogue Sedaris debauchery of The Santaland Diaries — is some sort of riff on a holiday that's a
Wry humor
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 10, 2010

The World of Sholom Aleichem with Acorn Productions

Quite not A Christmas Carol is The World of Sholom Aleichem, a collection of three short dramas from early 20th century Eastern European Jewish communities,...
By webteam  |  November 30, 2010

Acorn opens stripped-down Studio Series

This autumn Acorn Productions adds another venture to its already myriad theatrical offerings.
Character study
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 15, 2010

Fall Arts Preview: Not quite Oklahoma!

Perhaps the most anticipated Maine premiere this season is the darkly caustic family apocalypse of August: Osage County (October 14-November 7), the much-lauded 2007 tragicomedy by Tracey Letts, to be produced by the GOOD THEATER .
August: Osage County + steampunk robots
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 17, 2010

More Bard, another park

Just as fiddleheads and lilacs sprung early this year, so have the urban-pastoral pleasures of al fresco Shakespeare.
Acorn takes Shakespeare to the Riverbank
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 21, 2010


The race is on

Around 7 pm last Saturday at the St. Lawrence, a sealed envelope was sliced open and its contents, handwritten on three slips of paper, were revealed to a full house: “Are you sure you want to go through with this?”
Running through Acorn’s 24-Hour Play Festival
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 07, 2010

New voices

For nearly a decade now, Maine playwrights have had a fine friend and benefactor in Acorn Productions.
Acorn’s latest Maine Playwrights Festival
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 23, 2010

Planting seeds

For nearly a decade, spring in Portland has heralded the emergence not just of all of us from hibernation, but of playwrights, en masse, from quiet writing rooms.
Acorn tries out four new local plays
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 26, 2010

We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010

Big starts

I kick off my highlights of 2009 with praise for a theater company that has just finished its inaugural season: The Legacy Theater Company, founded by former City Theater artistic director Steve Burnette.
2009 was full of newness + energy
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 25, 2009


Local love

For nearly a decade, Acorn Productions has been staging world-premiere works of playwrights who live right here among us.
Acorn keeps the spotlight on Maine playwrights
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 11, 2009

Give and learn

We shudder to repeat the clichéd adage about teaching a man to fish . . . But it's true that education offers deep rewards — ones that last longer, in many cases, than physical items.
Instructional gifts are a joy for the giver and receiver alike
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 11, 2009

Mixin' it up

First on my dance card this fall is the Good Theater's The Little Dog Laughed (September 17-October 11), a scathing comedy about Hollywood, a closeted actor's indiscretions with a hustler, and his agent's desperate clean-up duties.
Fall's theater shows cover serious ground
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 18, 2009

Catharsis + rebirth

My own backward gaze over the last decade of local theater only takes in the second half of it, so I've consulted a few veterans.
Portland theater's losses and gains since 1999
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 18, 2009

10 years later, we told you so

Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as
Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 18, 2009


Navigating Portland's entertainment rules

No live music after 12:15? No outdoor entertainment after mid-September?
City Council
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 18, 2009
richard list

Rise and fall

For years now, the Naked Shakespeare Ensemble has brought its signature fare — stripped-down productions and ravishingly acute attention to the Bard's language — into a slew of non-traditional settings, including the Wine Bar on Wharf Street, SPACE Gall
Naked Shakespeare's Richard II
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 22, 2009

All in the timing

Acorn's Maine Playwrights Festival springs eternal
Acorn's Maine Playwrights Festival springs eternal
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 01, 2009

Teen scenes

The show fills this summer’s void of outdoor theater with a light and gleeful touch.
Giving love a bad name in the park
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 05, 2008