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Coward’s quiet play at Portland Stage

The name of Noël Coward is fairly synonymous with the biting, devastating verbal wit of his farces like Blithe Spirit , in which well-off Brits behave badly, having at each other with verbal razors.
Just-so stories
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 08, 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

Portland Stage resurrects four of Tennessee’s other works

A young boy walks the railroad tracks with a delusional girl who lives alone in an old house.
Williams at 100
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 09, 2012

Portland Stage goes noir

Dead guys, mysterious dames, mobsters, dirty cops, and a handsome array of handguns are all in a night's work for Philip Marlowe, novelist Raymond Chandler's quintessential LA private eye.
Adaptive ensemble
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 17, 2012

The highlights of 2011’s theatrics

Some of the most exhilarating moments in theater this year happened in the Apohadion, as a pale and schizoid Michael Dix Thomas shrieked the opening strains of "The Ballad of Mack the Knife," summoning to stage the lurid, ghoulish menagerie of Bertolt Br
From madness to mealtime
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 23, 2011

Review: Dramatic Rep's ambitious Gross Indecency

In the center of Gross Indecency 's simple, book-laden set sits a single green carnation in a crystal vase.
Wilde's trials
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 10, 2011


Review: John Cariani's Last Gas premieres at Portland Stage

It's hard to get anywhere from Township 15, Range 8 — it's vast, empty, and hours from even Bangor.
Pursuit of happiness
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 19, 2010

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

The 39 Steps at Portland Stage

On other stages, The 39 Steps wraps up a run of performances highly satisfying to watch. In this satirical homage to Hitchcock's classic film, a...
By webteam  |  October 20, 2010

Go inside radio drama

The tale-tellers behind Final Rune Productions create what they call "stories for the ear."
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 08, 2010

Review: Portland Stage's The 39 Steps works the funny bone

The driving force of Hitchcock's 1939 film The 39 Steps is suspense, as unwitting bachelor Richard Hannay gets caught up in espionage, train escapes, weapons technology, and the future of Europe and the world.
Comedy, not suspense
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 08, 2010