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AIRE, starring the McCourt brothers

The autobiographical two-man show they co-wrote and performed, A Couple of Blaguards, is onstage now starring the marvelous Paul Haley and Tony Reilly
Quite a pair
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 23, 2013
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Acorn bares souls in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Edward Albee's heavyweight Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a horror story.
Illusions + pretenses
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 18, 2011
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Review: Acorn camps, vamps in Shakespeare's Cymbeline

When the servant Pisania (April Singley) enters to herald the opening iambs of Cymbeline , her Elizabethan diction is bracingly offset by her skintight black vinyl and fishnets.
Poetic fetish
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 13, 2011
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Review: Ghosts, people, booze flow together in AIRE's The Seafarer

When it comes to ghosts and other supernatural catalysts, Halloween's theatrical repertoire is actually rivaled by that of the Yuletide season.
Mixing spirits
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 05, 2010
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An Irish classic

Matriarch Juno is the only one of the Boyles who brings in any coin: Her husband Jack is a drunken boor who, to avoid working, feigns aches in his legs.
The strong ensemble of Juno and the Paycock
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 14, 2010
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Spot on

After Watergate and an opened China, Nixon’s next most recognized legacy is probably the warning to make sure you know your medium: His infamously sweaty, maladroit television appearance in the Kennedy-Nixon debate was widely perceived to have cost him t
Good Theater’s top-notch Frost/Nixon
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 06, 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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All in the timing

Acorn's Maine Playwrights Festival springs eternal
Acorn's Maine Playwrights Festival springs eternal
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 01, 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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Right on target

Under Tony Reilly’s direction, the American Irish Repertory Ensemble makes rich, wicked, and poignant work of the brothers’ murderous one-upmanship.
AIRE’s Lonesome West hits home
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 05, 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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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
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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
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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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A Handy Guide to the Big Dig Screw-Up

As people try to sort out responsibility for the fiasco that led to the death of Milena Del Valle in the I-90 connector tunnel, you might have a hard time keeping the players straight.
Who was watching out for the integrity of the work on the Big Dig? Everyone and no one    
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 27, 2006


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Playing with boys

The cult of celebrity and sensationalism gets a rollicking and poignant treatment in John Synge’s classic comedy The Playboy of the Western World , directed by Tony Reilly for the American Irish Repertory Ensemble.
Irish tongues are wagging
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 24, 2006