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Suspend your disbelief this fall

Fall preview highlights
 Faith beckons
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 19, 2013
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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
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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
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New: Old traditions

The winter holidays' bells, lights, and trees are already upon us, and along with them the first of the holiday-themed shows.
AIRE spins Christmas with a Celtic charm
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 09, 2011
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Review: An émigré's struggle with his baggage, in AIRE's Brendan

America, enthuses Irish émigré Brendan (Michael Dix Thomas), is the smell of coffee and gasoline.
When the pipes aren't calling
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 08, 2011

Castlebay and the American Irish Repertory Ensemble at Lucid Stage


The American Irish Repertory Ensemble team with local maritime Celtic duo Castlebay in an evening of performance, which looks to present an assortment of short...
By webteam  |  December 15, 2010


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Review: Ghosts, people, booze flow together in AIRE's The Seafarer

When it comes to ghosts and other supernatural catalysts, Halloween's theatrical repertoire is actually rivaled by that of the Yuletide season.
Mixing spirits
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 05, 2010

American Irish Repertory Ensemble stage The Seafarer at the Studio Theater


In theater news, the American Irish Repertory Ensemble opens The Seafarer this evening, a wickedly dark comedy about a reformed Dubliner, a vulgar card game,...
By webteam  |  October 27, 2010
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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
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An Irish classic

Matriarch Juno is the only one of the Boyles who brings in any coin: Her husband Jack is a drunken boor who, to avoid working, feigns aches in his legs.
The strong ensemble of Juno and the Paycock
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 14, 2010
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Into new worlds

The New Year opens with a duo of two-man, many-character comedies.
Theatrical journeys for the year ahead
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 01, 2010


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History's mysteries

Melodrama is a particularly satisfying popular art form for a financial crisis, filled as it is with unambiguous types and tropes — rich ruthless villains, poor but warm-hearted heroes and heroines, music that spiritedly cues our hisses and cheers, and
Explore Portland's past with AIRE
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 29, 2009
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Right on target

Under Tony Reilly’s direction, the American Irish Repertory Ensemble makes rich, wicked, and poignant work of the brothers’ murderous one-upmanship.
AIRE’s Lonesome West hits home
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 05, 2008
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Playing with boys

The cult of celebrity and sensationalism gets a rollicking and poignant treatment in John Synge’s classic comedy The Playboy of the Western World , directed by Tony Reilly for the American Irish Repertory Ensemble.
Irish tongues are wagging
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 24, 2006