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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.
| February 17, 2012
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 MEGAN GRUMBLING
| August 05, 2011
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
| July 15, 2011
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
| October 08, 2010
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
| May 14, 2010
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
| February 04, 2009
New and old
First, a tribute to a few of the year's newer theater ventures.
The best of 2008's theater productions
BY MEGAN GRUMBLING
| December 23, 2008
Interpreting Merchant is a perennial challenge.
Monmouth gives Merchant new status
| July 30, 2008
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
| July 23, 2008
Unsavoriness is rife in old Vienna.
Shakespeare passes judgement at Monmouth
| August 15, 2007
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
| August 08, 2007
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
| August 09, 2006
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
| July 12, 2006
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