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Portland Stage goes noir

Dead guys, mysterious dames, mobsters, dirty cops, and a handsome array of handguns are all in a night's work for Philip Marlowe, novelist Raymond Chandler's quintessential LA private eye.
Adaptive ensemble
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 17, 2012
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Review: Bring tissues to King Lear at Monmouth

Midstage against the roiling charcoal and gray backdrop of the Theater at Monmouth's King Lear is a stand of stark, boughless tree trunks all leaning to one side, as if so long in the same hard wind of Lear's heath that they'll never again grow upright
Oh how pride doth fall
By BY MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 05, 2011
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Review: Much Ado in World War 2

Men return from war, and attentions turn to love: It's a timeless order, and so it is with the witty Sicilians of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing .
Monmouth shifts centuries, to powerful effect
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 15, 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
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Organic farce

The Thomaskirche church, in Leipzig, is a hub of musical influence in Germany’s booming Baroque arts scene.
PSC’s fugue-ish Bach at Leipzig
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 14, 2010
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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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New and old

First, a tribute to a few of the year's newer theater ventures.
The best of 2008's theater productions
By BY MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 23, 2008
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Class play

Interpreting Merchant is a perennial challenge.
Monmouth gives Merchant new status
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 30, 2008
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Wait, who are you?

Vaudevillian intimacies are rampant in Charles Ludlam’s Obie-winning two-men-as-everyone comedy, The Mystery of Irma Vep .
Two virtuoso actors play four hilarious characters
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 23, 2008

Measuring up

Unsavoriness is rife in old Vienna.
Shakespeare passes judgement at Monmouth
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 15, 2007
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Moral flexibility

As a professional morality consultant stands naked and busted in a young woman’s closet, we in the audience receive a rather acute observation about virtue.
Investigating the darkness with Tom Jones
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 08, 2007


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Woman power

The Cypress setting of Shakespeare’s Othello , classically directed by Sally Wood for the Theater at Monmouth, is a system of frequently rearranged wooden docks and walkways.
Supporting cast outshines the stars
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 09, 2006
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Spirits + sprites

The near-uninhabited spirit island of Shakespeare’s The Tempest , at the Theater at Monmouth, is evoked with a set swathed in white.
Humanity deserted, reborn at Monmouth  
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 12, 2006