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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
| September 19, 2013
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
| July 06, 2013
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
| June 07, 2013
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
| December 21, 2012
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
| June 08, 2012
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
| August 19, 2011
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 MEGAN GRUMBLING
| August 05, 2011
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
| July 15, 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 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
| July 23, 2010
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
| July 16, 2010
Into new worlds
The New Year opens with a duo of two-man, many-character comedies.
Theatrical journeys for the year ahead
| January 01, 2010
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
| September 18, 2009
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
| September 18, 2009
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
| August 07, 2009
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
| July 31, 2009
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
| June 12, 2009
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