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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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More Bard, another park

Just as fiddleheads and lilacs sprung early this year, so have the urban-pastoral pleasures of al fresco Shakespeare.
Acorn takes Shakespeare to the Riverbank
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 21, 2010
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The race is on

Around 7 pm last Saturday at the St. Lawrence, a sealed envelope was sliced open and its contents, handwritten on three slips of paper, were revealed to a full house: “Are you sure you want to go through with this?”
Running through Acorn’s 24-Hour Play Festival
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 07, 2010
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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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Tragic despair

A disturbing restlessness lies at the heart of Sam Shepard's rugged, dysfunctional American West. Men run off and then return, rebel and then cleave.
Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 12, 2008
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All in the family(1)

“Home” isn’t necessarily a discrete, concrete place.
Lives and cultures clash in Lanyard premiere
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 12, 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

Theatrical progress

As an avid theater-goer, there are times when I hanker to positively consume a fine play.
A venue-to-venue tour of Portland
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 02, 2008
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You'll die laughing

What happens when that levity becomes the modus operandi, so constant that relief actually comes in breakthroughs of genuine grief or anger?
The Players' Ring explores attitudes about dying
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 19, 2007
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Classics and Shakespeare

Autumn approaches with a theatrical windfall, so I’ll dig right in, sans ceremony.
Fall brings plays from the past
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 12, 2007
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Life is a highway

The fates of several Devil’s Elbow residents hang on the fate of an entrance ramp-to-be.
And Devil's Elbow is in the way
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 01, 2007


Next generation

Are you or the kids feeling pent up?
Building new theatrical performers at Acorn
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 17, 2007
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Papa performances

Concise and elegant, the prose of Ernest Hemingway in some ways resembles particularly beautiful stage directions.
Bringing Hemingway back to life
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 03, 2007
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All in the family

A therapist can't babble, Lawrence Kimball tells us.
The Lanyard deftly handles dysfunction
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 02, 2006
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Cross-pollination

My contribution to the Band Guide issue is a meditation on some of the telling differences between the theater and band scenes, in the interest of seeing the one pick up a little of the notorious energy and audience of the other.
What can actors and musicians learn from each other?
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 23, 2006