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Suspend your disbelief this fall

Fall preview highlights
 Faith beckons
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 19, 2013
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Good Theater’s odd-couple age drama

It's been a rough journey that brought 21-year-old Leo (Erik Moody), on a bicycle, all the way from Washington state to the Manhattan apartment of his grandma Vera (Alma Cuervo).
Distance in time
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 15, 2013
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Good Theater premieres Death by Design

Someone doctors the Scotch early on, but it's brandy that playwright Edward Bennett (Rob Cameron) and his actress wife Sorel (Abigail Killeen) start in on first in Death by Design, by Rob Urbinati.
A theatrical mash-up
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 08, 2013
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No humbug here

The singer Phoebe Snow has a great wry line about our next major secular holiday.
But a good harrumph will do!
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 30, 2012
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Good Theater explores being stuck, and escaping

The wood walls are streaky and weathered in the homes of both Margie (Denise Poirier) and Mike (James Noel Hoban).
Understanding poverty
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 19, 2012
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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 wrestles with love and sin

There's only one major problem in the love between Adam (Rob Cameron), a sarcastic would-be teacher working in retail, and Luke (Joe Bearor), an aspiring young actor.
Heartplay
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 03, 2012
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The second half of the season brings surprises

Those who missed out on LOREM IPSUM's Threepenny Opera this fall should get in line early for its spring production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, at SPACE Gallery (March 22-April 1).
Comedy and danger
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 30, 2011
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Review: Good Theater's hilarious Farce

You can tell a lot about a couple by their bedroom, says proper English matron Delia (Cathy Counts) to her husband Ernest (Bob McCormack).
Rooms of laughs
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 01, 2011
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Review: Good Theater's solid Moonlight and Magnolias

A lot of folks still consider the 1939 film Gone With the Wind to be the best loved and most iconic American movie of all time — and that's the primary concern of Ron Hutchinson's Moonlight and Magnolias , a comedic romp about the monumental difficul
Southern follies
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 18, 2011

Good Theater's Is There Fat in That? at the St. Lawrence Arts Center


The local theater train revs its engine with a one-woman tell-all about the realities of being a model (Good Theater's Is There Fat in That?),...
By webteam  |  January 04, 2011


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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
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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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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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Into new worlds

The New Year opens with a duo of two-man, many-character comedies.
Theatrical journeys for the year ahead
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 01, 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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Mixin' it up

First on my dance card this fall is the Good Theater's The Little Dog Laughed (September 17-October 11), a scathing comedy about Hollywood, a closeted actor's indiscretions with a hustler, and his agent's desperate clean-up duties.
Fall's theater shows cover serious ground
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 18, 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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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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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