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This Bard’s grisly, but not bloody

Bring out your dead
Bring out your dead
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 08, 2013

Head back inside for fall’s theater

My own first show of the season will be this weekend's opening of Tess of the D'Urbervilles , the classic Thomas Hardy tragedy of the ravished Tess, mounted by the newly formed DEAD WESSEX FAIR (September 14-23, at the sadly soon-to-be former Lucid Stag
Leaves fall; curtains rise
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 14, 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

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

Local musical sends up gay-hating, gay culture

Reverend Jonathan Fisher (Michael Tobin), founder of Straight and Narrow, an evangelical congregation meant to "cure" homosexuals, has a problem.
Theatrical exposures
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 13, 2011


Review: Dramatic Repertory Company ponders deep subjects in Blue/Orange

The set is black and white — dark modern chairs and table against a pale grid of a screen, like a vertical drop-ceiling.
Inside the shrinks
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 11, 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

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

Mad Horse extends Six Degrees run, shifts Dark Night series

Mad Horse Theater Company has extended the run of Six Degrees of Separation (reviewed here by Megan Grumbling), adding another weekend of runs from Thursday,...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 19, 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

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

Just scheduled: Mad Horse at Old Port Playhouse - Two nights only

The Mad Horse Theatre Company crew are bringing Justin Tanner's Voice Lessons to the Old Port Playhouse on Friday and Saturday, for a short-notice two-night...
By Jeff Inglis  |  March 30, 2010

Love Potion #3

More people love Taylor than is good for harmony.
The Maiden’s Prayer at Mad Horse
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 26, 2010

We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 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

Mad Horse Theatre Company presents Dead Man’s Cell Phone

After staging her play The Clean House last year, the great Mad Horse Theatre Company gets its year going with another play by Sarah Ruhl...
By webteam  |  January 06, 2010

A Dark Night with Mamet and a Mad Horse

Circling the central mystery of The Cryptogram are a camping trip, the provenance of a German pilot's knife, and a young boy's "sleep issues."
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 16, 2009

To Sir, with love

"Sir, it's time to age," Norman wryly prompts "Sir," an esteemed Shakespearean actor about to play Lear for the 272nd time.
Mad Horse's Dresser unmasks theater
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 16, 2009

10 years later, we told you so

Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as
Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 18, 2009

Mad Horse gets a home!

The SouthPortlander reports that Mad Horse Theatre Company, who are performing Alan Bennett's The Hi...
By Jeff Inglis  |  May 05, 2009

Dueling morals

A battle of pedagogies is raging at an English grammar school for teenage boys.
Mad Horse's masterful The History Boys
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 01, 2009

Stirring the pot

The new year ushers in some lively shake-ups and stirrings among Portland's theater community.
Changes are afoot in the local theater scene
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 14, 2009

The mouths of babes

The terrorism of emotional manipulation and smear campaigns is certainly alive and well anywhere that somebody wants a certain kind of power.  
Mad Horse’s chilling season opener
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 16, 2008

Mad Horse starts new midweek theater series

This month, Mad Horse Theater Company offers the inaugural installment of a new way to savor theater: in an array of morsels, with no waiting until the weekend.  
Darkness falls early
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 09, 2008


Teen scenes

The show fills this summer’s void of outdoor theater with a light and gleeful touch.
Giving love a bad name in the park
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 05, 2008

Center of the universe

Triangulations are many and charged in the Tesmans’ circle, and for newlywed Hedda Tesman, née Gabler, it is imperative to be an apex.
Mad Horse moves Hedda Gabler to the ’50s
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 09, 2008


“Once upon a time” is how it starts. Upon this Michal insists.
Not just telling stories
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 13, 2008

California dreaming

“Tell how it’s gonna be,” Lennie prods George, again and again.
Mad Horse's mice are also men
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 03, 2007