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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

Acorn Productions presents 4 short plays


In Westbrook, Acorn Productions offers a chance to see staged readings of some plays that won't be featured in this year's Maine Playwrights Festival (beginning...
By webteam  |  February 17, 2010
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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
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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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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


Photo A Go-Go 2009


The march of local holiday art sales and craft fairs continues unabated, and tonight is one of our favorite stops. Photo A Go-Go is the...
By webteam  |  December 09, 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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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
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Changing times

The changes today's presidential candidates are talking about are modest in comparison with the radical leftist politics of the first half of the last century.
Revisiting 20th-century progressivism
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 04, 2008
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Real activists know Jimmy Higgins

The changes 21st-century presidential candidates talk about are modest in comparison with the radical leftist politics of the first half of the last century.
Learning from history
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 23, 2008


Next generation

Are you or the kids feeling pent up?
Building new theatrical performers at Acorn
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 17, 2007
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Back in the acts

When it comes to dramatics, there’s plenty to toast at this year’s end.
A year in Maine theater
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 20, 2006
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Theater companies settle in

When it comes to theater, there’s just no place like a home: somewhere to stash the costumes, to rehearse on your own terms, and, most importantly, to foster a sense of artistic family and community.
Homecomings
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 11, 2006
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Where have all the artists gone?

Nancy Kureth is lost in the Biddeford mills again.
Portland’s creative exodus gives Southern Maine’s mill towns a new lease on life
By SARA DONNELLY  |  August 09, 2006