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Thoughtful laughs in Wittenberg

Much has been made of Prince Hamlet's exhausting philosophical indecision. To be or not? To kill or not? He has a hell of a time figuring it out, when he should be happily ensconced in college life back in Wittenberg.
Hamlet's salad days
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 04, 2013
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Wasserstein’s wide range of characters

Between the three of them, the sisters Rosensweig cover quite a range of the Meyers-Briggs psychological types.
It takes all kinds
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 05, 2012
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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
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Organic farce

The Thomaskirche church, in Leipzig, is a hub of musical influence in Germany’s booming Baroque arts scene.
PSC’s fugue-ish Bach at Leipzig
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 14, 2010
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Portlanders on stage

Nobles and groundlings alike place their verbiage strategically for love, for mischief, or — most delectably — for both.
The city's most prominent theater showcases hometown talent
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 12, 2008
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On Portland’s poet

It’s a testament to much of what’s good about America that one of her first and most popular poets had such reverence, and such affection, for so many of her stories.
Celebrating Longfellow’s words
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 31, 2007