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Ending violence

V-Day is once more upon us, and for those not partial to Hallmark-driven capitalism, the V now also popularly stands for "Vagina" or "Victory," thanks to Eve Ensler's famous monologues about violence against women.
It's much more of a struggle than we might think
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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

Time and tide

"The tide goes in, and the tide goes out," refrain the players of Lamplight Dialogues: A Nighttime Journey into the Ghost Lives of Puddle Dock . In the show's setting, the nearly 400-year-old city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the literal tide is the f
Harbor Light bring local records to life
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 23, 2009

Don't get comfy

If you expect your own Thanksgiving to also include a helping of familial anxiety, rest assured that you have nothing on the relatives gathered in Bruce Norris's very black comedy, The Pain and the Itch .
The Pain and the Itch is no cozy reunion
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 26, 2008


Many kinds of flight throw together the doomed characters of Hideaway , five troubled people on an isolated Maine lakeshore.
The shifts of Michael Kimball’s newest play
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 17, 2008
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Sombras y sueños

Three generations of women have more than just ghosts to contend with in the world premiere production of Jeff Symes’s lyrical Abuelos , directed by Todd Hunter for the Players’ Ring.
Finding the wisdom of elders
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 10, 2006