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Acorn’s must-see production of a Pinter classic

Almost everything goes unsaid in Harold Pinter's 1958 classic, The Birthday Party .
Turning up the heat
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Jewish wit pervades Acorn's latest production

Around this time of year, the vast majority of holiday entertainment — Nutcrackers both Victorian and burlesque; innumerable A Christmas Carols ; even the rogue Sedaris debauchery of The Santaland Diaries — is some sort of riff on a holiday that's a
Wry humor
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 10, 2010
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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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Rise and fall

For years now, the Naked Shakespeare Ensemble has brought its signature fare — stripped-down productions and ravishingly acute attention to the Bard's language — into a slew of non-traditional settings, including the Wine Bar on Wharf Street, SPACE Gall
Naked Shakespeare's Richard II
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 22, 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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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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Venice in Longfellow Square

All the venue’s a stage in Naked Shakespeare’s theatrical ethos.
On location
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 07, 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
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Short Play Fest turns eight

It’s time once again to bring Maine’s playwrights out of their writing rooms, and to realize their creations on stage.
Quick shows
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 26, 2008
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No alibi needed

Earnest also boasts one hell of a big, imperious foil of British womanhood.
Earnest-ness at the Stage at Spring Point
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 18, 2007
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Cracking the nut

It’s spring, reclusive writers everywhere are emerging from their writing rooms, and what better way to celebrate than with Acorn Productions’ annual festival of local playwrights?
New plays find fertile ground
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 29, 2006