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AIRE, starring the McCourt brothers

The autobiographical two-man show they co-wrote and performed, A Couple of Blaguards, is onstage now starring the marvelous Paul Haley and Tony Reilly
Quite a pair
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 23, 2013

Review: An émigré's struggle with his baggage, in AIRE's Brendan

America, enthuses Irish émigré Brendan (Michael Dix Thomas), is the smell of coffee and gasoline.
When the pipes aren't calling
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 08, 2011

Review: Good Theater's solid Moonlight and Magnolias

A lot of folks still consider the 1939 film Gone With the Wind to be the best loved and most iconic American movie of all time — and that's the primary concern of Ron Hutchinson's Moonlight and Magnolias , a comedic romp about the monumental difficul
Southern follies
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 18, 2011

Review: Ghosts, people, booze flow together in AIRE's The Seafarer

When it comes to ghosts and other supernatural catalysts, Halloween's theatrical repertoire is actually rivaled by that of the Yuletide season.
Mixing spirits
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 05, 2010

An Irish classic

Matriarch Juno is the only one of the Boyles who brings in any coin: Her husband Jack is a drunken boor who, to avoid working, feigns aches in his legs.
The strong ensemble of Juno and the Paycock
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 14, 2010

We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010


Big starts

I kick off my highlights of 2009 with praise for a theater company that has just finished its inaugural season: The Legacy Theater Company, founded by former City Theater artistic director Steve Burnette.
2009 was full of newness + energy
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 25, 2009

Spot on

After Watergate and an opened China, Nixon’s next most recognized legacy is probably the warning to make sure you know your medium: His infamously sweaty, maladroit television appearance in the Kennedy-Nixon debate was widely perceived to have cost him t
Good Theater’s top-notch Frost/Nixon
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 06, 2009

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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History's mysteries

Melodrama is a particularly satisfying popular art form for a financial crisis, filled as it is with unambiguous types and tropes — rich ruthless villains, poor but warm-hearted heroes and heroines, music that spiritedly cues our hisses and cheers, and
Explore Portland's past with AIRE
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 29, 2009

Friends, Romans...

Colorful archetypes abound in this super-stratified society of ancient Rome.
...Courtesans? Funny Thing, that
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2009


Right on target

Under Tony Reilly’s direction, the American Irish Repertory Ensemble makes rich, wicked, and poignant work of the brothers’ murderous one-upmanship.
AIRE’s Lonesome West hits home
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 05, 2008

Aching leave

Compared to the staid, changeless Irish village of Balleybeg, America seems like a “vast restless place,” a land of “impermanence and anonymity,” and a country where “nobody gives a damn about the past.”
Philadelphia, Here I Come! explores the internal and external struggles of home
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 30, 2008

Portlanders on stage

Nobles and groundlings alike place their verbiage strategically for love, for mischief, or — most delectably — for both.
The city's most prominent theater showcases hometown talent
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 12, 2008

Bright dreams

Across white sheets strung on clotheslines, cool light falls from a window, as if over the most susceptible fabric of memory.
The longings of mistreated women cannot be Eclipsed
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 23, 2008

Theatrical progress

As an avid theater-goer, there are times when I hanker to positively consume a fine play.
A venue-to-venue tour of Portland
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 02, 2008


Myth making

Middle-aged Michael O’Neal just wants a little bit of the epic in his life.
To thine own story be true
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 21, 2007

Papa performances

Concise and elegant, the prose of Ernest Hemingway in some ways resembles particularly beautiful stage directions.
Bringing Hemingway back to life
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 03, 2007

Christmas spirits

Christmas in Lisnacoo involves an avenging Santa, wanton women, and, above all, an impressive amount of spirits — both the kind in bottles and the kind within the lively Irish.
Drinking and living it up Irish-style
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 06, 2006
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Playing with boys

The cult of celebrity and sensationalism gets a rollicking and poignant treatment in John Synge’s classic comedy The Playboy of the Western World , directed by Tony Reilly for the American Irish Repertory Ensemble.
Irish tongues are wagging
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 24, 2006