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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
| April 20, 2013
A friendly take on fear
The theologian John Calvin (Peter Brown) trudges about the set of Keith Reddin's Life During Wartime , spreading his cheery take on the human condition: "All human works are nothing but filth and defilement."
| June 08, 2012
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.
| May 13, 2011
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
| June 11, 2010
Face the nation
White-trash collection has seldom been as hilarious as it is in The Great American Trailer Park Musical , which makes its Brahmin-area debut courtesy of SpeakEasy Stage Company.
SpeakEasy’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Zeitgeist’s Farragut North
| May 07, 2010
Love Potion #3
More people love Taylor than is good for harmony.
The Maiden’s Prayer at Mad Horse
| 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
| February 12, 2010
What is this place?
Bertolt Brecht asks, "In the dark times, will there also be singing? Yes," he answers, "there will be singing. About the dark times."
Participatory performance art at Whitney Art Works
| January 15, 2010
I kick off my highlights of 2009 with praise for a theater company that has just finished its inaugural season: The Legacy Theater Company, founded by former City Theater artistic director Steve Burnette.
2009 was full of newness + energy
| December 25, 2009
Even the sweetest life can shatter in an instant, sending you through the looking glass like Alice. For the euphoric heroine of Craig Lucas's 1988 fable of holiday festivity and arbitrary mayhem, Reckless the moment of reckoning comes when her husban
Reckless, The Salt Girl, and The Overwhelming
| November 20, 2009
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."
| October 16, 2009
A smooth course
A Midsummer Night's Dream is arguably the Bard's sultriest, silliest, and most gossamer comedy. As such, of course, it is also among the most oft-produced al fresco summer offerings in the whole canon.
Fenix's breathtaking Dream
| August 14, 2009
Through the rest of June, a classic battle of the sexes will be waged at the wading pool of Deering Oaks Park. The Fenix Theatre Co., Portland's premier purveyor of outdoor Shakespeare for the summer, stages a smart, wet, and aggressive Taming of the
Fenix's Taming of the Shrew gets wet
| June 19, 2009
A battle of pedagogies is raging at an English grammar school for teenage boys.
Mad Horse's masterful The History Boys
| May 01, 2009
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
| October 09, 2008
I sink, therefore I am
Seascape , Edward Albee’s 1975 Pulitzer-winning meditation on evolution and mortality, gets all wet at Zeitgeist Stage Company.
Zeitgeist’s expanded Seascape. Plus Gutenberg! The Musical
| October 08, 2008
Winner takes all
Itamar Moses takes the buddy vehicle and twists it early and often in The Four of Us.
The Four of Us at Merrimack Rep; Spin at Zeitgeist Stage Company
| April 22, 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
| April 09, 2008
“Once upon a time” is how it starts. Upon this Michal insists.
Not just telling stories
| February 13, 2008
Whitewash has floated like a soap scum on the bloodbath of America’s past as told in the history books.
Zeitgeist’s compelling Kentucky Cycle; Double Edge’s Republic of Dreams
| October 09, 2007
So you want to be fair and balanced?
To read the politics beat this past week, you’d think something really big took place when Michael Bloomberg announced that he was leaving the Republican Party.
How to cut through the illusions created by the Web and get a clear sense of the political news
| June 27, 2007
The gravities of the family Tyrone are many, and relentless.
Mad Horse takes a Long Day's Journey
| April 18, 2007
Back in the acts
When it comes to dramatics, there’s plenty to toast at this year’s end.
A year in Maine theater
| December 20, 2006
It seems that mild young Mary Toft, in a twist on the old idiom, is birthing like a bunny.
Plenty of rabbits, but little gimmickry
| December 13, 2006
Agnes probably should have known that something wasn’t right about Peter when he started talking about “Them” and “the machines.”
Mad Horse gets Bug -gy
| November 01, 2006
Play’s the thing
On the high-tragedy chessboard of Hamlet , the title characters are pawns, but in Tom Stoppard’s spooky, hilarious, and ingenious Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead , they are, existentially, the stars.
Mad Horse rouses Stoppard’s finest
| April 19, 2006
The clock is ticking in The Maternal Instinct (at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre through April 16).
The Maternal Instinct and Rosa
| April 11, 2006
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