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The Theater at Monmouth tames the Shrew

It takes someone willful to knowingly court and mount a show so contentious, to modern eyes, as The Taming of the Shrew .
 Playing with power
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 19, 2013
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The hoi polloi run this show

In Shakespeare contemporary Francis Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle , gamely directed by Patrick Flick for the Theater at Monmouth, two well-meaning Citizens of 1600s London derail a conventional Elizabethan comedy and recreate it in their
Participatory performance
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 06, 2013
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What the drama gods are offering this year

As it heats up around here, theatergoers can look for a sure trinity of major summer offerings.
The summer trinity
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 07, 2013
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2012’s many theatrical joys

The past year in Portland theater saw a gain, a loss, and a move: First, summer brought us the first annual PortFringe festival and the inaugural Portland Performing Arts Festival.
A year in footlights
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 21, 2012
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Alternatives, and standbys, for summer

The big theater buzz this summer is of course is the Fringe, which actually comprises two overlapping programs from June 26 to July 1.
Life on the Fringe
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 08, 2012
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Monmouth's sharpness shines in Coward's Blithe Spirit

It wouldn't be summer without a ghost story or two, though the currently one up in Monmouth has nothing to do with campfires and s'mores.
Let the Spirit linger
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 19, 2011


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Review: Bring tissues to King Lear at Monmouth

Midstage against the roiling charcoal and gray backdrop of the Theater at Monmouth's King Lear is a stand of stark, boughless tree trunks all leaning to one side, as if so long in the same hard wind of Lear's heath that they'll never again grow upright
Oh how pride doth fall
By BY MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 05, 2011
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Review: Much Ado in World War 2

Men return from war, and attentions turn to love: It's a timeless order, and so it is with the witty Sicilians of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing .
Monmouth shifts centuries, to powerful effect
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 15, 2011
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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
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Two for the show

Though a famous man in his own lifetime, the quintessentially American humorist Mark Twain was never known as a playwright in his day.
Mark Twain, playwright? See his work at Monmouth
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 23, 2010
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Double vision

As someone who watches a lot of Shakespeare's comedies, I'm delighted to report that the Theater at Monmouth's production of Comedy of Errors  is nothing but fresh, non-stop, stand-out fun, from shipwreck to filial embraces.
Monmouth's error-less Comedy
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 16, 2010


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Into new worlds

The New Year opens with a duo of two-man, many-character comedies.
Theatrical journeys for the year ahead
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 01, 2010
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Mixin' it up

First on my dance card this fall is the Good Theater's The Little Dog Laughed (September 17-October 11), a scathing comedy about Hollywood, a closeted actor's indiscretions with a hustler, and his agent's desperate clean-up duties.
Fall's theater shows cover serious ground
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 18, 2009
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Catharsis + rebirth

My own backward gaze over the last decade of local theater only takes in the second half of it, so I've consulted a few veterans.
Portland theater's losses and gains since 1999
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 18, 2009
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A Danish punk

The sad mad Danish prince is probably the most oft-quoted tragic hero in the English language, but he's a lot more than that. He is also, as I was reminded recently by a theater companion encountering him for the first time, pretty exasperating to be a
The Theater at Monmouth's Hamlet
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 07, 2009
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Gilded stage

In the Theater at Monmouth's Twelfth Night , the Bard's gender-bending foibles play out in a proscenium within a proscenium — or, more strictly speaking, a sound stage within a proscenium:
Monmouth shifts time with Twelfth Night
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 31, 2009


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More Bard, please

The sultry season is soon upon us, and as always, it will bring area theater-goers such dependable balms as Shakespeare (both in and out of the park), classic musicals, and giddy misbehavior of various sorts. Between that manna and a few original produ
Lots of Shakespeare for summertime
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 12, 2009