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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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 17, 2011


Two years after ceasing production for lack of funding, Portland-based LibertyNewsTV is back in action.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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.
Music seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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...
By webteam  |  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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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."
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 16, 2009
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Snapping towels

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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 14, 2009

Trading places

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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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?
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 28, 2007