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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...)
BWW Review: Strong Performances Distinguish Portland Players' BONNIE AND CLYDE BWW Review: Strong Performances Distinguish Portland Players' BONNIE AND CLYDE
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - September 26, 2016

Portland Players opened its 86th season with an intense production of the Ivan Menchell-Don Black-Frank Wildhorn musical, Bonnie and Clyde, about the legendary Depression-era American outlaws. The 2009 musical theatre retelling of the short and violent lives of this pair, who robbed banks and left s... (more...)
BWW Review: TAM Season Romps to a Close with BOEING BOEING BWW Review: TAM Season Romps to a Close with BOEING BOEING
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - September 18, 2016

The Theater at Monmouth brings its season of French themed plays to a mirthful close with Marc Camoletti's1960s jet-setting bedroom farce Boeing Boeing. The entirely predictable, but nonetheless hilarious comedy about a swinging Paris bachelor and his three stewardess fiances is performed with energ... (more...)
BWW Review: Ogunquit's SEVEN BRIDES Offers Sweetness and Smiles BWW Review: Ogunquit's SEVEN BRIDES Offers Sweetness and Smiles
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - September 16, 2016

One of the most popular movie musicals adapted for the stage, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers has enjoyed several notable regional productions in the past few seasons, and the Ogunquit Playhouse's current staging demonstrates once again the nostalgic appeal of this sweet and folksy romantic tale set... (more...)
BWW Review: BLASTED Searches for the Fuse BWW Review: BLASTED Searches for the Fuse
by Steve Feeney - August 29, 2016

Director Lindsey Higgins has audio recordings of British and American politicians play before the action begins in the 60 Grit Theatre Company's production of Sarah Kane's 'Blasted.' Their stuffy proclamations set the stage for the 1995 play's exploration of some horrific clashes along the frontline... (more...)
BWW Review: Wish, Wish, Wish: The Magic of MSMT's ALADDIN BWW Review: Wish, Wish, Wish: The Magic of MSMT's ALADDIN
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - August 22, 2016

The young and young at heart were treated to a day of enchantment at Maine State Music Theatre today, when the company presented four performances of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark's delightful musical retelling of Aladdin, directed and choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont. Presented in a fully stag... (more...)