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More Bard, another park

Just as fiddleheads and lilacs sprung early this year, so have the urban-pastoral pleasures of al fresco Shakespeare.
Acorn takes Shakespeare to the Riverbank
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 21, 2010
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The race is on

Around 7 pm last Saturday at the St. Lawrence, a sealed envelope was sliced open and its contents, handwritten on three slips of paper, were revealed to a full house: “Are you sure you want to go through with this?”
Running through Acorn’s 24-Hour Play Festival
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 07, 2010
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New voices

For nearly a decade now, Maine playwrights have had a fine friend and benefactor in Acorn Productions.
Acorn’s latest Maine Playwrights Festival
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 23, 2010
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Planting seeds

For nearly a decade, spring in Portland has heralded the emergence not just of all of us from hibernation, but of playwrights, en masse, from quiet writing rooms.
Acorn tries out four new local plays
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 26, 2010
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Local love

For nearly a decade, Acorn Productions has been staging world-premiere works of playwrights who live right here among us.
Acorn keeps the spotlight on Maine playwrights
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 11, 2009

Play by play: August 14, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 14, 2009


Play by Play: August 7, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 07, 2009

Play by play: July 31, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 31, 2009

Play by play: July 24, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 24, 2009

Play by play: July 17, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 17, 2009

Play by play: July 10, 2009

This week in Boston theater
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 10, 2009


Play by Play: July 3, 2009

This week in Boston theater
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 03, 2009

Play by Play: June 26, 2009

Boston theater this week
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 26, 2009

Play by Play: June 12, 2009

Boston theater this week
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 12, 2009

Play by Play: June 5, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 05, 2009

Play by play: May 29, 2009

Boston Theater this week
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2009


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All in the timing

Acorn's Maine Playwrights Festival springs eternal
Acorn's Maine Playwrights Festival springs eternal
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 01, 2009
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Short Play Fest turns eight

It’s time once again to bring Maine’s playwrights out of their writing rooms, and to realize their creations on stage.
Quick shows
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 26, 2008
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Teen spirit

The Williamstown Theatre Festival revival of Emlyn Williams’s The Corn Is Green marks the first time this play has been trotted out in years.
The Corn Is Green at Williamstown; Romeo and Juliet at the Publick
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  August 07, 2007
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In brief

It's spring, and time once again for Portland’s theatrical equivalent of the farmer’s market.
Acorn's Maine Short Play Festival doesn't waste time
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 04, 2007
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Threesomes

Truth is in the eye of the beholder in See What I Wanna See , Michael John LaChiusa’s musically lush riff on stories by Japanese writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa.
See What I Wanna See; Design for Living
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 09, 2007


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Romance gone wrong

An unrequited-love triangle is at the center of Adam Rapp’s riveting and abrasive if not entirely plausible Red Light Winter.
Red Light Winter in Wellfleet; Romeo and Juliet in Williamstown
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 09, 2006
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Road trip

Maybe it was by unabashedly embracing the bad that The Poorly-Written Play Festival , a one-act by prolific and multiple award-winning local playwright Carolyn Gage, has made it to Off-Off Broadway.
Local play heads to NYC
By MEGAN GRUMBING  |  May 31, 2006
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Cracking the nut

It’s spring, reclusive writers everywhere are emerging from their writing rooms, and what better way to celebrate than with Acorn Productions’ annual festival of local playwrights?
New plays find fertile ground
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 29, 2006