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Notes from the Fringe
As you read these very words, the great Portland Fringe 2012 is already up and running. Herein we highlight three of the Fringe's more beguilingly strange offerings.
Three shows not to miss
| June 29, 2012
Get thee to the Apohadion for a masterful show
The lurching black satire of The Threepenny Opera is a study in grotesques: Monstrous caricatures of amorality and the blade of the bottom line are both repellent and ridiculously entertaining in this 1928 musical condemnation of capitalism.
Shell out for Threepenny
| September 23, 2011
Maine's quirky summer stage season
Summertime and a lush arboreal landscape is an unexpected setting for Samuel Beckett's flinty Waiting for Godot , and this reviewer is already stirred.
History + mystery
| June 17, 2011
Two years after ceasing production for lack of funding, Portland-based LibertyNewsTV is back in action.
| June 03, 2011
Review: Acorn's Maine Playwrights Festival marks a decade
For 10 years now, Acorn Productions has provided an annual platform for both new and established Maine playwrights to see their work enacted by live bodies under hot lights.
Ten new plays
| April 22, 2011
Blood Wedding on January 15, at SPACE Gallery
Not a death-metal Billy Idol cover band but a lyrical tragedy written by Federico Garcia Lorca in 1932, last weekend's production of Blood Wedding at SPACE Gallery was at turns graceful and punishingly fraught.
| January 21, 2011
Review: The sweltering, classically elegant Blood Wedding
Just about a year ago, an irrepressible new grassroots theater ensemble in Portland surged to the stage with the gloriously unabashed boorishness of Ubu Roi , a gem of French proto-Absurdism.
Lorca's murderous Spaniards visit SPACE
| January 14, 2011
Blood Wedding at SPACE Gallery
Tonight marks the opening of Blood Wedding, Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca's epic, theatrical elegy that basically channels the melancholy and heartbreak of, say, the...
| January 12, 2011
Good Theater's marathon production, and other theatre highlights of 2010
In my local orbits among both actors and theater-goers, one play of 2010 continues to be regularly hailed in conversation: GOOD THEATER 's momentous production of August: Osage County , a profane and exceptionally funny foray into Middle American gen
August was tops
| December 24, 2010
We band of brothers
This is the first independent production by the group of five friends who met at Boston’s Emerson College, where they helmed incarnations of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and Sam Shepard’s True West .
Young actors bring a Spartan production of Henry V to the Apohadion
| May 21, 2010
Hedonism at its best
In 1888, a 15-year-old French kid and a couple of his buddies wrote a script, modeling its gross and laughable anti-hero on a school teacher whom they had it in for.
Absurdist mirth and wonder in Ubu Roi
| January 29, 2010
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."
| October 16, 2009
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
| June 19, 2009
Stirring the pot
The new year ushers in some lively shake-ups and stirrings among Portland's theater community.
Changes are afoot in the local theater scene
| January 14, 2009
By the cumulative serendipities of sleeplessness, spaetzle, and Molson, young Peter and Rita find love in New York City. Immediately.
The aftermath of the Prelude
| February 20, 2008
Slow + steady
Before grown-ups start talking to kids about certain things, a parent observes, kids start talking to grown-ups.
Talking about sex – with a turtle?
| February 28, 2007
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