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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
| June 08, 2012
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
| May 25, 2012
Welles + Olivier spar, commiserate at Players’ Ring
How does a star negotiate a changing age?
| September 30, 2011
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.
BY MEGAN GRUMBLING
| April 15, 2011
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
| 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...
| December 29, 2010
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?
| November 06, 2010
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
| October 22, 2010
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.
| October 01, 2010
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
| 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...
| March 10, 2010
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
| February 12, 2010
Into new worlds
The New Year opens with a duo of two-man, many-character comedies.
Theatrical journeys for the year ahead
| January 01, 2010
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
| October 30, 2009
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
| September 18, 2009
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
| September 18, 2009
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
| June 12, 2009
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
| November 26, 2008
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
| March 08, 2006
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