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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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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."
Stage Presence
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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.
Theatrical exposures
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 13, 2011

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

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
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 07, 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

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
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 15, 2010

Big starts

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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 25, 2009

Dodging death

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
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  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."
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 16, 2009

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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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 14, 2009
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Snapping towels

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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 19, 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

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

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
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  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
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  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
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

History tour

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
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  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
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 27, 2007


Relative orbits

The gravities of the family Tyrone are many, and relentless.
Mad Horse takes a Long Day's Journey
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 20, 2006

Bunny babies

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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 13, 2006

Lights out

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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 01, 2006
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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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 19, 2006


Fringe benefits

The clock is ticking in The Maternal Instinct (at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre through April 16).
The Maternal Instinct and Rosa
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  April 11, 2006