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Good Theater goes big

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.
With Neil Simon's Little Me
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 16, 2012
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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

Broadway at Good Theater at the St. Lawrence, December 5

The overwhelming scent of assorted perfumes and folks in their Sunday best filled the St. Lawrence for Good Theater's annual production of "Broadway at Good Theater."
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By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  December 10, 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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Lovely luxury

"In matters of great importance," observes young Gwendolyn, "style, not sincerity, is the vital thing."
Good Theater's rich, colorful Earnest
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 19, 2010
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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


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Finding her voice

"There is a balm in Gilead," an old African-American spiritual has it, and sure enough, Percy Talbott (Kelly Caufield) finds that balm.
An ex-con, a village, an opera
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 29, 2010
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Spot on

After Watergate and an opened China, Nixon’s next most recognized legacy is probably the warning to make sure you know your medium: His infamously sweaty, maladroit television appearance in the Kennedy-Nixon debate was widely perceived to have cost him t
Good Theater’s top-notch Frost/Nixon
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 06, 2009
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Hollywood heels

The exquisitely jaded Diane (Denise Poirier) describes her world as one in which Cobb salads are special-ordered with the intricacy and significance of Buddhist mandalas.
A dream cast in Good Theater's Little Dog
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 25, 2009
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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
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True de-Light

It's opening night, and in the leading lady's suite at the Ritz-Carlton, key players are drinking a litany of pre-curtain toasts: Fast-talking financier Sidney Black (Stephen Underwood) blesses his first-ever investment in the theater.
Moss Hart and Good Theater send up thespians
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 24, 2009


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Friends, Romans...

Colorful archetypes abound in this super-stratified society of ancient Rome.
...Courtesans? Funny Thing, that
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2009
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Mad tea party

Becca is constantly concocting elaborate desserts for the people in her life.
Healing and humor in Rabbit Hole
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 23, 2008
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Portland's got talent

Good Theater’s Ruthless! is not just a sharp, wry and eye-pleasing hoot of a show, but one that’s absolutely dripping in, yes, talent.
Ruthless! showcases Good Theater's strengths
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 26, 2007
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Find your Bliss

In this lovely house in Cookham, England, life is only about bliss. About the Family Bliss, that is.
Sneezing with laughter at Hay Fever
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 24, 2007
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Lovely, dark, and deep

Everyone’s tale winds up among the trees in Good Theater’s enchanting and absolutely virtuoso production of Into the Woods , Stephen Sondheim’s clever musical elaboration upon our favorite fairy tales, seamlessly directed by Brian Allen at the St. Lawre
Good theater enters the Woods
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 25, 2006


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Satisfaction

In The Mystery of Edwin Drood , London’s Music Hall Royale's eager performers want so much to entertain you that they will entrust you, dear viewer, with deciding whodunit.
Drood 's fun enough for all
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 01, 2006