Maine Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE FULL MONTY at Penobscot Theatre BWW Review: THE FULL MONTY at Penobscot Theatre
by Mika Lindsay Ouellette - June 20, 2017

Penobscot Theatre Company Shows "The Full Monty"... (more...)
BWW Review: MSMT's Enchanting SLEEPING BEAUTY Offers a Fresh and Relevant Perspective on a Classic Fairytale BWW Review: MSMT's Enchanting SLEEPING BEAUTY Offers a Fresh and Relevant Perspective on a Classic Fairytale
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - June 14, 2017

MSMT opens its Theatre for Young Audiences with three performances of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark's musical retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairytale, Sleeping Beauty, in a striking visual production, performed with energy, conviction, and style by a company of young actors. The hour-long musical... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Ogunquit Playhouse BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Steve Feeney - May 22, 2017

The Ogunquit Playhouse opens its 85th season on a romantic Greek island.... (more...)
BWW Review: DISGRACED at Portland Stage Company BWW Review: DISGRACED at Portland Stage Company
by Steve Feeney - May 12, 2017

Strong work at Portland Stage.... (more...)
BWW Review: I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI at Penobscot Theatre Company BWW Review: I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI at Penobscot Theatre Company
by Mika Lindsay Ouellette - May 01, 2017

"I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti" feeds the heart and soul of Penobscot Theatre Company.... (more...)
BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Some Theatre Company BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Some Theatre Company
by Mika Lindsay Ouellette - April 24, 2017

Some Theatre Company Experiences a 'Spring Awakening'... (more...)
Summer Stages Maine:  A Sampling of Best Picks Summer Stages Maine: A Sampling of Best Picks
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - April 20, 2017

There are plenty of reasons to make Maine your summer destination: the breathtaking coastline, beautiful beaches, pristine trails to hike, waterways to sail, and wildlife to observe. But Maine also has a long history of being home to respected summer theatres, and in recent seasons the wealth of pe... (more...)
BWW Review: Genuine Voices and Situations in Portland Stage's STRING AROUND MY FINGER BWW Review: Genuine Voices and Situations in Portland Stage's STRING AROUND MY FINGER
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - April 16, 2017

Portland Stage's latest production is an engaging staging of Brenda Withers' new play, String Around My Finger, which had won the 2015 Clauder Competition and then been developed through the theatre's Little Festival of the Unexpected. The four-character play, set entirely in a hospital where a you... (more...)
BWW Review: Searing LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT at Mad Horse BWW Review: Searing LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT at Mad Horse
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - April 02, 2017

In one of its largest, most ambitious productions in recent seasons, Mad Horse Theatre has mounted a searing account of Stephen Adly Guirgis's riveting drama, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. The sixteen-member cast under the direction of Stacey Koloski forms an intense, cohesive ensemble to recou... (more...)
BWW Review: Good Theater Closes Season with Luminous and Lyrical TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL BWW Review: Good Theater Closes Season with Luminous and Lyrical TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - April 01, 2017

Good Theater Artistic Director Brian P. Allen chose to close the season with a lovely, lyrical production of Horton Foote's platy, The Trip to Bountiful, in which Louisa Flaningam's luminous interpretation of Carrie Watts is surely one of the Portland theatre calendar's highlights.... (more...)
BWW Review: Maine State Ballet Mounts Impressive SWAN LAKE BWW Review: Maine State Ballet Mounts Impressive SWAN LAKE
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - March 26, 2017

Maine State Ballet opens its spring season with an ambitious full-length production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake that offers a compelling account of the timeless Romantic classic and demonstrates how this Maine company continues to grow artistically. Presented several times in the past decade in short... (more...)
BWW Review: PAPERMAKER at Penobscot Theatre - Bangor, ME BWW Review: PAPERMAKER at Penobscot Theatre - Bangor, ME
by Mika Lindsay Ouellette - March 21, 2017

Monica Wood's 'Papermaker' hits home at Bangor's Penobscot Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: Brave, Bold, and Beautiful SPRING AWAKENING at Lyric Music Theater BWW Review: Brave, Bold, and Beautiful SPRING AWAKENING at Lyric Music Theater
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - March 20, 2017

South Portland's Lyric Music Theater is taking a bold and daring step in presenting the 2006 musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 provocative play, Spring Awakening. The wrenching musical drama explores with a piercing honesty the lives of teenagers and their adult authority figures locked in... (more...)
BWW Review: PUMP BOYS & DINETTES Serves Up Nostalgia with a Smile BWW Review: PUMP BOYS & DINETTES Serves Up Nostalgia with a Smile
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - March 11, 2017

For those wishing to take a trip back to a simpler era, Biddeford City Theater's production of Pump Boys & Dinettes serves up a wistful, warm slice of nostalgia together with a foot-tapping country musical score that is guaranteed to leave the audience smiling and singing along. The 1980s juke bo... (more...)
BWW Review: DEAR CHUCK at Winslow Homer Center For The Arts BWW Review: DEAR CHUCK at Winslow Homer Center For The Arts
by Student Blogger: Samuel Laro - March 07, 2017

On Sunday, March 5th, I saw DEAR CHUCK, by Jonathan Dorf at the Winslow Homer Center for the Arts. It was quite an evening!... (more...)
BWW Review:  Dustin Tucker Scores a Tour de Force in Portland Stage's BUYER & CELLAR BWW Review: Dustin Tucker Scores a Tour de Force in Portland Stage's BUYER & CELLAR
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - March 05, 2017

Portland Stage's current production, Jonathan Tolins' one-man, bitter-sweet comedy, Buyer & Cellar, offers Maine audiences a chance to revel not only in the protean talents of Dustin Tucker, who gives a compelling, engaging, irresistible ninety-minute virtuosic performance, but also in Tolins' agile... (more...)
BWW Review: Portland Stage Serves Up a Delightful Vintage Cocktail with a Twist BWW Review: Portland Stage Serves Up a Delightful Vintage Cocktail with a Twist
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - February 05, 2017

With its winter production of Joseph Kesselring's classic comedy, Arsenic and Old Lace, Portland Stage's serves up a delightful vintage cocktail - complete with more than one amusing twist. The 1947 play, people with a cast of loveable, zany misfits who cheerfully engage in murder and mayhem retai... (more...)
BWW Review: Good Theater's THE MAY QUEEN Journeys from the Mundane to the Poetic BWW Review: Good Theater's THE MAY QUEEN Journeys from the Mundane to the Poetic
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - February 04, 2017

Good Theater's Executive/Artistic Director Brian P. Allen has a remarkable sixth sense about choosing plays whose situations and characters resonate with originality and empathy. The latest production, Molly Smith Metzler's The May Queen, is an engaging portrait of five small town characters who al... (more...)
BWW Review: Mad Horse's THE NETHER Is Bold and Beautiful BWW Review: Mad Horse's THE NETHER Is Bold and Beautiful
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - January 22, 2017

'Bold, beautiful, brilliant' even are perhaps the first adjectives that come to mind to describe Mad Horse Theatre's latest production of Jenifer Haley's provocative play The Nether. And these words are quickly followed by 'difficult, disturbing, and dense.' The eighty-minute dark psychological dram... (more...)
BWW Review: Portland Stage Continues the Dickens Tradition BWW Review: Portland Stage Continues the Dickens Tradition
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - December 25, 2016

When Portland Stage rang down the curtain on its last of the 2016 season performances of Dickens' A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve, the company was celebrating a long cherished tradition that has delighted generations of Maine theatre goers since 1996. Directed and designed by Anita Stewart, the p... (more...)
BWW Review: BROADWAY AT THE GOOD Brings Cheer to the Season BWW Review: BROADWAY AT THE GOOD Brings Cheer to the Season
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - December 03, 2016

Portland's Good Theater performs its annual musical revue, Broadway at the Good Theater this weekend bringing warmth, cheer, and an array of musical treats to mark the holiday season. Conceived, written, and directed by Brian P. Allen, this year's two hours of song and dance was devoted to the musi... (more...)
BWW Review: LAST GAS at The Public Theatre BWW Review: LAST GAS at The Public Theatre
by Steve Feeney - October 17, 2016

John Cariani's play services those seeking a restart.... (more...)
BWW Review: Warm and Wistful Comedy Explores Family Bonds BWW Review: Warm and Wistful Comedy Explores Family Bonds
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - October 17, 2016

Biddeford's City Theater opened its season with a warm, wistful comedy about love and intergenerational relationships in a New Jersey Italian-American family. Joe Di Pietro's 1998 Over the River and Through the Woods is a funny, touching, and often penetrating memoir about ageless conflicts between... (more...)
BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Celebrates 'The Devil's Music' BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Celebrates 'The Devil's Music'
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - October 10, 2016

Ogunquit Playhouse's revival this season of last year's popular success, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, continues to add luster to this thoroughly enjoyable juke box musical about the historic meeting at Sun Records of four of rock n' roll legends, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee L... (more...)
BWW Review: Gurney's Quietly Poignant LATER LIFE Opens Portland Stage Season BWW Review: Gurney's Quietly Poignant LATER LIFE Opens Portland Stage Season
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - October 03, 2016

Portland Stage opens its 2016-2017 season with a quietly poignant production of A. R. Gurney's Later Life, the 1993 drama which explores the emotional choices and self-assessments that face people in their retirement years. The four-character piece is subdued, even reticent, and it speaks with the k... (more...)