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PortFringe returns — with almost 50 shows in five days

Summer is finally upon us, but for theater-goers, that doesn't have to mean all show tunes and Shakespeare-in-the-parks: The exhilaratingly non-mainstream anomalies, innovations, and debaucheries of PortFringe, Portland's festival of new, edgy, and expe
See how it flutters!
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 15, 2013
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Carolyn Gage’s new short plays give women voice

Women's experience of slavery, genocide, and cultural oppression, says playwright Carolyn Gage, is very different than men's: Sexual violence and women's ability to give birth makes them subject to a particularly penetrating form of colonization. And
Speaking out of silence
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 06, 2013
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Carolyn Gage interprets Lizzie Borden's case

Lizzie Borden, who allegedly murdered her father and step-mother in 1892, remains an iconic figure in American cultural memory.
Reclaiming history
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 13, 2012
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Playwright Gage explains Lizzie Borden, on stage

Alleged ax-murderer Lizzie Borden is among the most notorious women in New England history.
Sharpened perceptions
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 30, 2011
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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
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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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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
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Lesbians unite

For centuries, sundry artists have extolled Maine as a locale for all sort of idylls and creations. This weekend, a series of plays will limn our state's romanticism with seductive specificity: as a setting for imaginative and sensual women loving wome
Reclaiming the state's history and image
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 28, 2009
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Road trip

There comes a time in a woman's life when she just has to leave her husband at home with his mistress, toss her suitcase in a roadster, and head Downeast for a little timeout with her new, butch girlfriend. In July 1933, that's exactly what first lady
A lesbian journey through Maine's history
By CAROLYN GAGE  |  June 26, 2009
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All in the timing

Acorn's Maine Playwrights Festival springs eternal
Acorn's Maine Playwrights Festival springs eternal
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 01, 2009
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Portland hosts a gaggle of literary ladies this week

Looks like supporting women artists now shouldn’t be too hard — this week.
Chick lit
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 26, 2008


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Reclaiming women’s rights to protest

The female presence in the War on Terror is — if you’ll forgive me — surging.
Not in our name
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 20, 2007
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Music and fashion

Since it turns out that the Evil Empire actually does suck this year, let’s start this summer preview off with Joe Boyd’s famous Faustian bargain
Summer theater brings exposure to new and old
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 13, 2007
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Road trip

Maybe it was by unabashedly embracing the bad that The Poorly-Written Play Festival , a one-act by prolific and multiple award-winning local playwright Carolyn Gage, has made it to Off-Off Broadway.
Local play heads to NYC
By MEGAN GRUMBING  |  May 31, 2006

Growing Maine culture

A look back at the highlights of the decade
A look back at the highlights of the decade
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 01, 1900