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A pair of Albee shorts on show at USM

Theatergoers who have been hankering for a shot of satire are in luck this week: The University of Southern Maine is serving up the biting spirits of playwright Edward Albee, and they're making it a double, with his one-act plays The Zoo Story and Th
Make my satire a double
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 08, 2013

USM prof: Teaching is about spirit, not data

Making an impassioned plea for humanistic considerations to remain paramount in our societal discussion about education and its continual improvement, University of Southern Maine philosophy professor Jeremiah Conway follows his own advice.
The turning of souls
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 25, 2013

Luc Demers on the edge of light and darkness

Photographer Luc Demers does not so much explore what light makes visible, as what borders on light — darkness.
Between knowing and seeing
By BRITTA KONAU  |  November 23, 2012

The secret world of USM’s Blade Society

It's a Tuesday night at the University of Southern Maine gym and Rob Tupper is leading a small group of fencing students through an exercise that looks like a cross between a line dance and an army drill.
Anything but ‘mundane’
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 18, 2012

Negotiating femininity in photographs

Myths are inventions, not based on truth.
What is real?
By BRITTA KONAU  |  March 16, 2012

USM’s Bridge leads from safety to tragedy

"Justice is very important here," intones Mr. Alfieri (Patrick Molloy), an aged Italian-American lawyer and the sorrowful Greek chorus of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge .
Shifting ground
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 14, 2011


Review: Greta Bank’s ‘Cashmere Roadkill’ in ‘Storytellers’ at USM

"Cashmere Roadkill" stretches its flaccid bloat of a body over about 10 feet of bookshelf on the seventh-floor reading room at USM's Glickman Family Library.
Ode on Grecian carrion
By ANNIE LARMON  |  February 18, 2011

Odd year ahead for museums and galleries

Remember, for every droopy tarp stalactite that makes it into a museum lobby installation, there are dozens of similar (and similarly impressive) creatures that never leave a studio wall.
2011 brings the Biennial and much more
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 31, 2010

[live video] UPDATED: Lady Gaga on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" at Deering Oaks

That's right -- as we reported earlier, Lady Gaga has decided to get up on a soapbox about DADT at a Servicemembers Legal Defense Network...
By Shaula Clark  |  September 20, 2010

Island ventures

Living on an island can be like living in your parents’ basement.
USM show uncovers Peaks
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 26, 2010

WMPG's Fat Tuesday Celebration at USM'S Woodbury Campus and ScrapArtsMusic at Merrill Auditorium

Elsewhere, WMPG's annual Fat Tuesday Celebration serves up another Cajun cooking contest from noon-3 pm at USM's Woodbury Campus Center in Portland (there's a $3...
By webteam  |  February 03, 2010


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

He is a real composer

Joshua Newton wants you to know he doesn't write classical music.
And don't you try to tell Joshua Newton otherwise
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  October 09, 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

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