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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 4/27/2014 ANTJE DUVEKOT
One Longfellow Square
Antje Duvekot is one of the brightest singer-songwriters to rise out of Boston's competitive acoustic music scene. No one writes quite like Antje, who was influenced lyrically by the very greats -- Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen, who are Mt. Rushmore-like figures to her. "Antje is the rare artist who can write about the social and the personal in the same breath,' says folk icon Ellis Paul. "Her voice has a sound of innocence and naivete which makes razor-sharp insights into the human condition.' Adds producer Neil Dorfsman, who has worked with Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Sting: "She creates an entire, detailed world in verse, and takes you there with beautiful and understated mel- ody. Her songs are stunning paintings of color and shade.' And as Springsteen biographer Dave Marsh says, "Antje is the whole package.' Antje's path has taken many twists and turns, from Germany to the University of Delaware, then to a short stint in NewYork City andVermont,followed by her current residence in Boston.She is of- ten also on the road, stopping at the prestigious Newport Folk and Philadelphia Folk Festivals, the classic radio show "Mountain Stage' and overseas at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and the Tonder Festival in Denmark. She has won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and the best new folk award at the Kerrville Festival as well as the Boston Music award for "outstanding folk artist". Her first album, "Big Dream Boulevard,' was produced by Seamus Egan of Irish-American super- group Solas. Her second, "The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer,' was produced by Shindell. And now there's "New Siberia.' As she says, "I've grown and come to a stronger period in my life. I can look back with more optimism than before. I've really come far. I think you can only look back when you're in a stronger place.'
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 4/27/2014 SPRING AWAKENING
Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, SPRING AWAKENING is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials and tribulations, and the exhilaration of the teen years.It's Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz -- a boy so traumatized by puberty he can't concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they've ever felt. SPRING AWAKENING explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.This celebration of rebellion provides the perfect opportunity to feature performers of all types, as well as the flexibility to creatively use costumes, set pieces, and lighting. Featuring a pop-rock score, this is an ideal show for talented vocalists with strong acting abilities.
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 4/27/2014 RAINFOREST REPTILES REPTILES IN PERIL
Collins Center for the Arts
The Rainforest Reptile Show Reptiles in Peril is a multifaceted presentation that sends its audiences on an exciting, fascinating adventure through the rare and endangered reptile world. Features American Alligators, which successfully came off the endangered species list, the extremely rare and critically-endangered Chinese Alligator, the large endangered Alligator snapping turtle, the African Spur tortoise that weighs in at just over 100 pounds, a water monitor lizard from the rainforests of Indonesia, an argentine black and white Tegu, the giant 15-foot Burmese Python, the Boa Constrictor, and venomous snakes such as a Gabon Viper and a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 4/27/2014 OUR TOWN
The Bangor Opera House
This beloved tale follows young lovers George and Emily, whose lives in a small New England town become a microcosm of everyday life. The wisdom of the play, rendered through a deceptively simple story, makes Our Town an enduring treasure of the American theatre. Penobscot Theatre will deliver an Our Town for our time, starring Monica Willey and featuring original music composed and performed nightly by musician Jacob Augustine.
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 4/27/2014 MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS
The Public Theatre
Legendary movie producer David O. Selznick is unhappy. The filming of "Gone with the Wind" is going down the drain and a new script and director must be found in five days! Locking himself in a room with screenwriter Ben Hecht, director Victor Fleming, and an unlimited supply of peanuts and bananas, the three most talented men in Hollywood set out to create the perfect screenplay for the greatest movie ever made. You'll go nuts for this fun, farcical, behind-the-scenes look at the birth of one of the most beloved films of all time. "Frankly, my dear, this is one funny play."
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Penobscot Theatre
Thornton Wilder; dir: Bari Newport.
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 4/27/2014 THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION
Portland Stage
Theology and sharp-tongued quips intersect when aging sisters Mary and Margaret find themselves defending their Catholic beliefs to a young evangelist who knocks at their door. Faced with persistent cheerfulness, the two women call in their parish priest for back-up and the debate takes off. Smith's thought-provoking comedy asks how far our cares and creeds will carry us before we start asking questions.
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