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A surreal comedy from Dramatic Rep

Life is in upheaval for these four friends, and all of them will need to go deep to make sense of things in Swimming in the Shallows , a comedy with a touch of the surreal, by Adam Bock.
Fins to the left, fins to the right
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 20, 2013

Portland Stage Company looks back — and forward — at working America

In 1919, a New York switchboard room of the American Bell Telephone Company is vertiginously perched between eras: The three women working the switchboards are soon to be replaced by automation, big business is getting bigger, gender and ethnicity are fl
Changing times
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 26, 2011

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

Go inside radio drama

The tale-tellers behind Final Rune Productions create what they call "stories for the ear."
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 08, 2010

With feeling

From the darkness, a hand strikes chalk against a spot-lit blackboard: July 1981 , it writes, and then, 16 .
Mad Horse's latest show has exceptional heart
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 11, 2010

Open lines

In our hyper-connected day and age, a woman laments in Dead Man's Cell Phone , there exist only three sanctuaries from the ringing: the theater, the church, and the toilet — and even these havens are ring-less only in principle.
What if the dead could talk?
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 22, 2010

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Lesbians unite

For centuries, sundry artists have extolled Maine as a locale for all sort of idylls and creations. This weekend, a series of plays will limn our state's romanticism with seductive specificity: as a setting for imaginative and sensual women loving wome
Reclaiming the state's history and image
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 28, 2009

True de-Light

It's opening night, and in the leading lady's suite at the Ritz-Carlton, key players are drinking a litany of pre-curtain toasts: Fast-talking financier Sidney Black (Stephen Underwood) blesses his first-ever investment in the theater.
Moss Hart and Good Theater send up thespians
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 24, 2009

Bright dreams

Across white sheets strung on clotheslines, cool light falls from a window, as if over the most susceptible fabric of memory.
The longings of mistreated women cannot be Eclipsed
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 23, 2008

Myth making

Middle-aged Michael O’Neal just wants a little bit of the epic in his life.
To thine own story be true
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 21, 2007

Christmas spirits

Christmas in Lisnacoo involves an avenging Santa, wanton women, and, above all, an impressive amount of spirits — both the kind in bottles and the kind within the lively Irish.
Drinking and living it up Irish-style
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 06, 2006


Scurrilous scurryings

Pull out your hip flasks, everybody, because a mean fog’s rolled in and some creepy shit has been seen down by the docks: mysterious shipments; creatures torn to shreds; strange thuds, scurries, and squeaks.
Exposed: waterfront workers' rugged vulnerabilities
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 01, 2006