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Alternatives, and standbys, for summer

The big theater buzz this summer is of course is the Fringe, which actually comprises two overlapping programs from June 26 to July 1.
Life on the Fringe
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 08, 2012
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Wit at the Players’ Ring honors life and death

An array of disciplines have taken on the puzzle of life and death.
For whom the bell tolls
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 25, 2012
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Welles + Olivier spar, commiserate at Players’ Ring

How does a star negotiate a changing age?
Aging dreams
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 30, 2011
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Review: Generic Theater takes on Havel's tale of an intellectual amid revolution

In these days of ongoing revolution, many are drawn to look back to protest and uprisings of the past.
Brainy burdens
By BY MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 15, 2011
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Review: A Streetcar Named Desire at the Players' Ring

Fairly or not, my most immediate association with A Streetcar Named Desire tends to be Brando and his inimitable mournful bellow.
The Williams masterwork, in Portsmouth
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 07, 2011

A Streetcar Named Desire at the Players' Ring in Portsmouth


The Players' Ring in Portsmouth is one of the only local theaters not resting for the break. Its production of Tennessee Williams's classic A Streetcar...
By webteam  |  December 29, 2010


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Review: Rolling Die gets Closer

The relativity of truth is one of the enduring problems of the last half-century, and it is particularly gray and dangerous in Patrick Marber's 1996 drama Closer .
How close is too close?
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 06, 2010
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Review: Summer Blink

If autumn and your imminent mid-30s are starting make you feel too sluggish, static, or reasonable, you might consider viewing Summer Blink , a new Seacoast-area movie that limns volatility and sexual curiosity circa age 18.
Lovemaking, confrontations, and unanswered calls
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 22, 2010
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Review: Steampunk at the Players' Ring

Since they began gaining mass popularity in the '80s, the antique copper laser-guns, cog-studded corsets and alternate electronic empires of the steampunk genre have been buzzing the cultural circuitry ever more.
Metallic myths
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 01, 2010
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Fall Arts Preview: Not quite Oklahoma!

Perhaps the most anticipated Maine premiere this season is the darkly caustic family apocalypse of August: Osage County (October 14-November 7), the much-lauded 2007 tragicomedy by Tracey Letts, to be produced by the GOOD THEATER .
August: Osage County + steampunk robots
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 17, 2010

"Glengarry Glenn Ross" at Players' Ring


And in Portsmouth, there's a timely production of David Mamet's acidic and energetic masterpiece about Chicago real-estate brokers, Glengarry Glenn Ross. It runs Friday-Sunday evenings...
By webteam  |  March 10, 2010


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Ending violence

V-Day is once more upon us, and for those not partial to Hallmark-driven capitalism, the V now also popularly stands for "Vagina" or "Victory," thanks to Eve Ensler's famous monologues about violence against women.
It's much more of a struggle than we might think
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 12, 2010
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Into new worlds

The New Year opens with a duo of two-man, many-character comedies.
Theatrical journeys for the year ahead
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 01, 2010
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Soft thrusts

Seeking the gore-porn stimulations of mutilations, leather, and fellatio to get your Halloween on? Well, Players’ Ring is offering severed fingers, wanton women with whips, and a very, very demanding master, not to mention a mordant punchline. Rolling Di
 Players’ Ring’s Master is a tease
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 30, 2009
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Mixin' it up

First on my dance card this fall is the Good Theater's The Little Dog Laughed (September 17-October 11), a scathing comedy about Hollywood, a closeted actor's indiscretions with a hustler, and his agent's desperate clean-up duties.
Fall's theater shows cover serious ground
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 18, 2009
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Catharsis + rebirth

My own backward gaze over the last decade of local theater only takes in the second half of it, so I've consulted a few veterans.
Portland theater's losses and gains since 1999
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 18, 2009


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More Bard, please

The sultry season is soon upon us, and as always, it will bring area theater-goers such dependable balms as Shakespeare (both in and out of the park), classic musicals, and giddy misbehavior of various sorts. Between that manna and a few original produ
Lots of Shakespeare for summertime
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 12, 2009
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Don't get comfy

If you expect your own Thanksgiving to also include a helping of familial anxiety, rest assured that you have nothing on the relatives gathered in Bruce Norris's very black comedy, The Pain and the Itch .
The Pain and the Itch is no cozy reunion
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 26, 2008
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Origins of a species

In her excellent theatrical pairing for Daniel Productions at the Players’ Ring, billed as   2 x 2 x 2 , director Liz Korabek juxtaposes two modern takes on the human quintessence.
At Players’ Ring, taking stabs at the human order
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 08, 2006