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Warming up to Portland Stage’s Snow Queen

This week, we look at another theatrical alternative to the Dickens ghosts.
Out in the cold
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 16, 2011
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PSC’s poignant Morini Strad

At first, the snide narcissism of aged violin prodigy Erica Morini (Laura Esterman) is an insufferable drag to the 40-something violin restorer, Brian (John G. Preston), whom she's trying to hire.
Fiddle me this
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 07, 2011
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Review: Actors are concert pianists too, in PSC's 2 Pianos 4 Hands

A good bout of slapstick goes on between tuxedoed pianists Ted (Tom Frey) and Richard (Jeffrey Rockwell) before they finally flip back their tails and get into Bach's Concerto in D Minor :
Two roles
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 11, 2011
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Review: Portland Stage's The 39 Steps works the funny bone

The driving force of Hitchcock's 1939 film The 39 Steps is suspense, as unwitting bachelor Richard Hannay gets caught up in espionage, train escapes, weapons technology, and the future of Europe and the world.
Comedy, not suspense
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 08, 2010

We heart even more people!

We were right. We told you two weeks ago that any list of Portland's Most Influential people was inherently incomplete — and so it was.
Encores
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 26, 2010
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Campy send-up

The Mystery of Irma Vep . Portland Stage Company's excellent, giddy production, directed by Christopher Grabowski, stars Tom Ford (who portrayed some dozens of characters in PSC's superlative I Am My Own Wife ) and Steven Strafford.
Irma Vep mocks show biz
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 05, 2010


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Breaking away

Out of Sterno  is a quirky feminist comedy by Deborah Zoe Laufer, directed by Casey Stangl for Portland Stage Company.
Exploring womanhood at Portland Stage
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 11, 2009
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Norse myths

A troll, according to folklore, can conceive by lust alone. That's one presumptuous genesis, and one that Peer Gynt learns the hard way.
Creating Peer Gynt at PSC
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 04, 2009
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Drink up!

Santaland gets to the dark heart of Christmas
Santaland gets to the dark heart of Christmas
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 10, 2008
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Vast and intimate

PSC’s sophisticated and devastating interpretation of Julius Caesar reminds us of just how crucial it is that we keep our heads.  
Portland Stage’s masterful Caesar
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 02, 2008
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Degrees of difficulty

“Well, this has to be inappropriate,” says Mara, hastily moving away from a rather close moment with old flame James.
Portland Stage's subtle premiere of Magnetic North
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 16, 2008


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On Portland’s poet

It’s a testament to much of what’s good about America that one of her first and most popular poets had such reverence, and such affection, for so many of her stories.
Celebrating Longfellow’s words
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 31, 2007
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A valley of rift

A piano doesn’t produce anything except notes, insists Boy Willie.
Siblings duel in PSC's The Piano Lesson
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 03, 2007
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Feeling it

Plain Esther Mills sews the most ravishing of unmentionables.
Intimate Apparel touches the fabric of life
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 11, 2007
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Off-stage

“All the world’s a stage,” waxes Shakespeare’s Jaques, but nowhere is that more true than backstage.
Portland Stage looks behind the curtain
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 31, 2007
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Upheaval on the way

The catechism that tortures and eludes 12-year-old Rudy Pazinski  was named after the Greek, katechismos, which translates to “to speak so as to be heard” or “to echo.”
Portland Stage's tavern life entertains, investigates
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 04, 2006


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Meta-farce (Portland theater)

The SS Italian Castle is almost absurdly gorgeous. With its sleek and imposing height, its glowing portholes peeking into sumptuous Art Deco cabins, and the huge full moon hanging above its deck, this luxury ocean liner seems over-the-top, too dramat
Tom Stoppard plays with the play at Portland Stage Company
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 01, 2006