Mad Horse Theatre Company to Stage CLUB MEDS, 8/22-23
(7/27/2015) - MAD HORSE THEATRE COMPANY will present a staged reading of a new musical, Club Meds, with lyrics by Sarah Safford, book by John Reynolds, and music by Rob DelGaudio, Tanya Leah, Natalie Lovejoy, and Jonathan Monro.
BWW Reviews: TAM Serves Up Gothic Horror in TURN OF THE SCREW
(7/27/2015) - In this 2015 season of 'Magic, Murder, and Mayhem' Maine's Theater at Monmouth serves up a gripping adaptation of Henry James' familiar tale of psychological Gothic horror, The Turn of the Screw. The novella tells the story of a governess' battle to wrench her two young charges from the grasp of spirits who haunt their estate and to probe the dark secrets which exert a debilitating psychological hold on everyone at Bly. Adapted here by Jeffrey Hatcher as a two person drama in which one actor plays all the characters other than the governess, TAM's seventy-five minute production has a lean look and taut pace that rivet even an audience familiar with the work.
BWW Reviews: Bowdoin International Music Festival Friday Shines
(7/26/2015) - Under new artistic leadership this summer after fifty years of visionary music making from festival founder, Lewis Kaplan, the Bowdoin International Music festival continues its tradition of world-class chamber and instrumental music led now by Phillip and David Ying. The Yings, together with their Quartet in residence continue to assemble the finest chamber musicians and soloists and to program a piquant blend of old and new music across a broad spectrum of periods and styles.The Friday evening, July 24th concert at the Crooker Theater in Brunswick, Maine, proved an admirable illustration of the scope of the programming and the depth of talent which comes to this coastal college town each summer to perform and teach.
BWW Interviews: Staging MUSIC MAN for a Contemporary Audience
(7/24/2015) - 'I try to do every play I direct keeping in mind both people who have never seen it before and those who might know it well. I ask myself, 'What would today's audience want to hear and how can I tell the story for this a contemporary public?' I actively look for ways to put a spin on even a well-known show like the Music Man so that some things strike the audience as surprises, as fresh and different. I want them not to sing along with tunes they know, but be caught off guard a little and be so busy watching the story unfold that they forget they already know it.'
Director/choreographer Marc Robin is discussing his latest staging of Meredith Willson's classic musical, the Music Man, for Maine State Music Theatre. Robin was part of a panel that also included the shows stars, Curt Dale Clark and Lauren Blackman, MSMT's Props Designer Kyle Melton, and the company Director of Communications Carol Marquis, moderated by BWW's Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold, the fourth such talkback in the company's summer series, Peek Behind the Curtain, which drew a standing-room only crowd.
Theater at Monmouth's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Opens Tonight
(7/23/2015) - William Shakespeare's magical comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream opens at Theater at Monmouth tonight, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream follows the journey of four young lovers as they find their way through the forest and to each other. But as Lysander says 'the course of true love never did run smooth.' Full of madcap chases and mistaken identities, A Midsummer Night's Dream is an exploration of the mystery and madness of love.