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Alternatives, and standbys, for summer

The big theater buzz this summer is of course is the Fringe, which actually comprises two overlapping programs from June 26 to July 1.
Life on the Fringe
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 08, 2012

Circle Mirror transcends theater

"Are we going to do any real acting?" complains the one teenager enrolled in a small Vermont community center's drama class.
Beyond the wall
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 05, 2012

Mad Horse's cutting choice of Zindel's Gamma Rays

When a group of tender seeds are exposed to toxic radiation, the ones receiving the smallest dose develop normally; those that are moderately exposed mutate into larger-than-life oddities, and the ones getting the heaviest dose wither and die.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 23, 2012

Playwright Gage explains Lizzie Borden, on stage

Alleged ax-murderer Lizzie Borden is among the most notorious women in New England history.
Sharpened perceptions
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 30, 2011

New: Old traditions

The winter holidays' bells, lights, and trees are already upon us, and along with them the first of the holiday-themed shows.
AIRE spins Christmas with a Celtic charm
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 09, 2011

Mad Horse gets vicious with McDonagh shock-fest

You can't say that Padraic (Dave Currier) is a man without a heart.
Don't forget the guns
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 14, 2011


Review: Types play to the max in My Gay Son's Wedding

It's a testament to our cultural progress, perhaps, that most of the troubles surrounding Eric's imminent wedding have little to do with the fact that he's marrying a man.
Comic relief
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 24, 2011

Maine's quirky summer stage season

Summertime and a lush arboreal landscape is an unexpected setting for Samuel Beckett's flinty Waiting for Godot , and this reviewer is already stirred.
History + mystery
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 17, 2011

Review: Mad Horse's Spring Awakening, a 19th-century play with 21st-century actors

Images of white plum blossoms surge over both the back wall and the floor of the Spring Awakening set.
Youthful vigor
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 07, 2011

Just ‘Pain,’ thanks

Let there be no confusion: There is no "e" at the end of Thom Pain's name.
Avant the garde
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 18, 2011

Review: Dark nights with The Play About the Baby

On the weeknights when The Goat is off and Lucid Stage would otherwise be dark, Mad Horse is doubling everyone's Albee pleasure, if that's quite the right word for what this master playwright's work evinces.
Testing love
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2011


Mad Horse takes Albee's The Goat to the edge

Famous architect Martin (James Herrera), his wife Stevie (Christine Louise Marshall), and their gay teenage son Billy (Benedetto Robinson) are a highly and self-consciously cultured family.
There but for the grace of God
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2011

Running With Scissors at Lucid Stage

In spontaneous theater arts, Portland Stage actors perform bits and skits from 5-8 pm at 25A Forest Ave., while at 8, the comedy team Running...
By webteam  |  January 04, 2011

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

Castlebay and the American Irish Repertory Ensemble at Lucid Stage

The American Irish Repertory Ensemble team with local maritime Celtic duo Castlebay in an evening of performance, which looks to present an assortment of short...
By webteam  |  December 15, 2010

Review: Mad Horse's Dark Night series returns

For three years now, on the midweek evenings when their main stage show is off and the theater is normally "dark," Mad Horse has staged a whole second batch of theatrical diversions.
A pleasing menu
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 15, 2010


Review: Mad Horse's new-venue debut with Six Degrees

Last weekend was momentous one for Mad Horse: The theater company launched its 25th season, and welcomed audiences into its much-anticipated new performance space at Lucid Stage.
Not far at all
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 15, 2010

Mad Horse Theater Company's Six Degrees of Separation at Lucid Stage

Speaking of inspiring performances, many professional repertories begin their seasons this week and many fine dramas are in store. Mad Horse Theater Company has always...
By webteam  |  October 06, 2010

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