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BWW Review: Arts Bringing the Community Together: MIDCOAST MAINE'S GOT TALENT 2018BWW Review: Arts Bringing the Community Together: MIDCOAST MAINE'S GOT TALENT 2018
Posted: May. 19, 2018


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BWW Review: NEWSIES Grabs Headlines at MSMTBWW Review: NEWSIES Grabs Headlines at MSMT
Posted: Aug. 11, 2017


BWW Review: Electrifying Joy Ride, GREASE Rocks MSMT StageBWW Review: Electrifying Joy Ride, GREASE Rocks MSMT Stage
Posted: Jul. 21, 2017


BWW Interview: Thinking Forward: Maine State Music Theatre Celebrates Its Diamond JubileeBWW Interview: Thinking Forward: Maine State Music Theatre Celebrates Its Diamond Jubilee
Posted: Mar. 4, 2018


BWW Review: Curious and Curiouser: Colorful ALICE IN WONDERLAND at Maine State BalletBWW Review: Curious and Curiouser: Colorful ALICE IN WONDERLAND at Maine State Ballet
Posted: Mar. 25, 2018


BWW Review: Sassy, Sweet, Colorful, MSMT Launches Larger-Than-Life GUYS AND DOLLSBWW Review: Sassy, Sweet, Colorful, MSMT Launches Larger-Than-Life GUYS AND DOLLS
Posted: Jun. 30, 2017


BWW Review: Arts Bringing the Community Together: MIDCOAST MAINE'S GOT TALENT 2018BWW Review: Arts Bringing the Community Together: MIDCOAST MAINE'S GOT TALENT 2018
May 19, 2018

To an audience used to the likes of today's television talent show formats -The Voice, American Idol with their fiercely competitive, instant celebrity emphasis and often abrasive judging - the annual Midcoast Maine's Got Talent seems to hark back to a gentler era and a more positive model to showcase aspiring performers. Each year the Brunswick Rotary Club puts together this gala as a fundraiser for its social and civic programs, but also as a community service to help nurture the arts in Maine and to create an audience for the creativity and expression that artists provide.

BWW Review: Searing Conversation About Race in Portland Stage's THE NICETIESBWW Review: Searing Conversation About Race in Portland Stage's THE NICETIES
April 8, 2018

Portland Stage's current production of Eleanor Burgess's two-character drama, The Niceties, is a intense, searing, often exhausting theatrical experience. The play, written during the last Presidential campaign, probes a plethora of contemporary issues from race in America to the meaning of revolution, feminism, the impact and influence of history, the struggles for power between the elite and the voiceless. Set at an Ivy League Eastern college, The Niceties explores the intellectual and emotional journeys of a respected history professor and her rebellious African-American student.

BWW Review: A COMEDY OF TENORS Serves Up Stylish Farce at the Good TheaterBWW Review: A COMEDY OF TENORS Serves Up Stylish Farce at the Good Theater
March 30, 2018

The last offering in the Good Theater's current season is cause for celebration! Ken Ludwig's 2015 comedy, A Comedy of Tenors, serves up a frothy concoction of revolving door farce, sophisticated irony and broad parody, witty double entendres, and a breathlessly wacky plot line that makes the evening speed by joyously.

BWW Review: Curious and Curiouser: Colorful ALICE IN WONDERLAND at Maine State BalletBWW Review: Curious and Curiouser: Colorful ALICE IN WONDERLAND at Maine State Ballet
March 25, 2018

The Maine State Ballet unveiled its charming, colorful production of Alice in Wonderland this weekend in Falmouth to the delight of its multi-generational audience. The lavish and lovely production with choreography by Linda MacArthur Miele is faithful to Lewis Carroll's tale and brings to life the author's principal characters.

BWW Review: Classy and Complex Production of COMPANY at Biddeford City TheaterBWW Review: Classy and Complex Production of COMPANY at Biddeford City Theater
March 17, 2018

Stephen Sondheim's musical Company made a sensation when it premiered on Broadway in 1970, winning six Tony awards and being nominated for a record-breaking fourteen. Savvy, urbane, with a brilliant score and dazzling lyrics, Sondheim's exploration of the joys and travails of marriage remains a masterwork of the musical stage. The current revival, directed by Linda Sturdivant, at Biddeford's City Theater gives a classy account of this complex work.

BWW Review:  Murder, Mystery, Romance in Noir Comedy at Portland StageBWW Review: Murder, Mystery, Romance in Noir Comedy at Portland Stage
March 10, 2018

Portland Stage's current production of Michael Hollinger's 2000 noir comedy set in the Cold War era skillfully weaves a tapestry of three love stories and one murder against the backdrop of McCarthyism, nuclear bombs, 50s pop culture, and zany shenanigans - all of which makes for a delightful, fast-paced evening of nostalgic wit.

BWW Interview: Thinking Forward: Maine State Music Theatre Celebrates Its Diamond JubileeBWW Interview: Thinking Forward: Maine State Music Theatre Celebrates Its Diamond Jubilee
March 4, 2018

Anniversaries are customarily times to reflect on the past, but for Maine State Music Theatre's Artistic Director, Curt Dale Clark, the 2018 gala celebration of the company's sixty years is not only a time to celebrate history, but also to use the significant milestone as an opportunity to look to the future. 'We are thinking forward and not resting on our laurels. We are accentuating what works, trying to fix what doesn't, and trying to find new ways to engage the community and make them happy,' Clark explains his philosophy about the Brunswick-based theatre's upcoming historic season.

BWW Review: Cast Aside Productions Re-Imagines GODSPELLBWW Review: Cast Aside Productions Re-Imagines GODSPELL
February 25, 2018

Portland's Cast Aside Productions has mounted a staging that re-imagines the 1971 Stephen Schwartz musical, based on the Gospel of Matthew, Godspell, setting the entire piece as a rock concert. The production is exuberant, animated, peopled with excellent musicians and a fine cast, but also beset by concept and technical difficulties.

BWW Interview/Video: Theatre Miniatures No. 6: Christine Louise MarshallBWW Interview/Video: Theatre Miniatures No. 6: Christine Louise Marshall
February 13, 2018

The sixth video in my ongoing series of mini-portraits of Maine theatre artists profiles Mad Horse Theatre's Artistic Director, Christine Louise Marshall. A native Mainer, raised in Cape Elizabeth and trained as a dancer with Maine State Ballet, Marshall went on to study theatre at Skidmore College. Her twenty-five-year career as an actress, dancer, director, and designer has taken her across the country and back to her home state. Here in Maine she has taught at Maine State Ballet for the past twenty-two years, acted on stage and in films, and now serves as the third Artistic Director of South Portland's Mad Horse Theatre Company, where she devotes her talents not only to creating thought-provoking seasons, but also to acting, directing, and designing costumes for the company's repertoire. In addition, she now has become involved with Cape Elizabeth High School's theatre program where she hopes to be able to put into practice her passion for working with and inspiring young artists.

BWW Review: Theater Project Tackles THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAYBWW Review: Theater Project Tackles THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
February 12, 2018

The professional ensemble of Brunswick's Theater Project once again demonstrates its affinity for drama with classic literary origins. Its 2018 production of The Picture of Dorian Gray, adapted by Merlin Holland and John O'Connor, offers a convincing, often compelling account of Oscar Wilde's famous novel.

BWW Review: Portland Stage's BABETTE'S FEAST Has Contemporary ResonanceBWW Review: Portland Stage's BABETTE'S FEAST Has Contemporary Resonance
February 5, 2018

Portland Stage has mounted an adaptation of Isak Dinesen's short story Babette's Feast, conceived by Abigail Killeen and written by Rose Courtney, that retains the message of grace and humanity at the core of the tale, while casting the narrative in an entirely different, highly contemporaneous light. Intriguing and sometimes perplexing in its Brechtian staging, this production adheres closely to the Dinesen text and bears little resemblance to the iconic movie of 1987.

BWW Review: Warm, Witty, and Wise OUR TOWN at Portland PlayersBWW Review: Warm, Witty, and Wise OUR TOWN at Portland Players
February 4, 2018

It is eighty years since Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Our Town first tread the boards of the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. The work was groundbreaking in its day for the way in which Wilder eschewed theatrical conventions and sought to create a new kind of play within a play. Eight decades later, the play retains its innovative feeling - not because of its metatheatre style, but rather because, in a modern digital age where audiences are consistently bombarded with noise, sensation, and spectacular fast-paced effects, Our Town continues to speak in a quiet voice that is all the more meaningful if one stops to listen.

BWW Review: Survival in the Shadow of the Plague: Mad Horse Theatre's Searing ONE FLEA SPAREBWW Review: Survival in the Shadow of the Plague: Mad Horse Theatre's Searing ONE FLEA SPARE
January 21, 2018

Mad Horse Theatre continues its provocative and haunting programming this season with a gripping, poetic, and troubling production of Naomi Wallace's award-winning 1996 drama, One Flea Spare. The play, set in London in 1665 at the height of the Black Death, explores the social, sexual, and psychological interaction of four people quarantined together in a pair of rooms while the plague rages around them. Their battle for survival pits the wealthy merchant and his wife against the sailor and a young servant girl who break into their house in search of shelter. Class warfare, devastating past memories, repressed sexuality, gender politics, and intricate personal power struggles make the time of confinement a descent into hell.

BWW Review: Clothes As a Conceit for Life's Little Stories: Good Theater Stages LOVE, LOSS, and WHAT I WOREBWW Review: Clothes As a Conceit for Life's Little Stories: Good Theater Stages LOVE, LOSS, and WHAT I WORE
January 20, 2018

The complex, sometimes conflicted, often poetic relationship between what we wear and self image and identity forms the framework of a delightful, delicately lyrical, and warmly wistful play by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. Presented as a staged reading with a rotating cast of five actresses, Portland's Good Theater brings this exquisitely written piece to life with affectionate wisdom.

BWW Interview: Audience Choice Awards Prove Delightful Antidote to Maine WinterBWW Interview: Audience Choice Awards Prove Delightful Antidote to Maine Winter
January 6, 2018

On a bitter cold blizzard day in January, the Maine theatre community was deriving some warmth and cheer by celebrating its achievements with the 2017 Broadway World Audience Choice award winners. The sixteen theatre artists voted by Maine theatre-goers as the best in each category of performing and technical achievements were selected from a group of 69 finalists, culled from over 9000 nominees rwho epresented less than % of all those in contention for the accolades, and voting for the winners was close and competitive to the very end of the process.

Winners Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld Maine Awards; MSMT Newsies Wins BIG!Winners Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld Maine Awards; MSMT Newsies Wins BIG!
January 3, 2018

For the third consecutive year Maine State Music Theatre has swept the Broadway World Maine Audience Choice Awards, winning ten of the eleven categories for which it was eligible and taking home a record number of citations for its production of NEWSIES - ten awards, the most a single show has earned here. Other local theaters saw their artists and work recognized, among them the Good Theater, Mad Horse Theatre, Portland Payers, and Some Theatre. Competition was high and voting was often very close, and the runners up deserve special praise as well for being selected as finalists from over 9000 original nominations. Congratulations to all the talented artists who contribute to Maine's rich tapestry of theatre and to the BWW audience who supports live theatre! -(Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold, Maine editor) The votes have been counted... Check out the fill list of winners for the 2017 BWW Regional Awards!

MSMT Creates Offstage Magic for Local ChildrenMSMT Creates Offstage Magic for Local Children
December 10, 2017

Creating magic on the Pickard main stage each summer is what Maine State Music Theatre does each season and does with consummate skill. But increasingly in recent years, MSMT has been expanding its community outreach and finding ways to attract new audiences and serve diverse and often underserved constituencies. The latest endeavor in a long list of community events was to host a holiday party for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters at the MSMT rehearsal studios on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

BWW Review: BROADWAY AT THE GOOD THEATER Serves Up Holiday CheerBWW Review: BROADWAY AT THE GOOD THEATER Serves Up Holiday Cheer
December 2, 2017

Among the many holiday season theatrical offerings, the annual musical revue, Broadway at the Good Theater inevitably proves to be a refreshing and original approach to ushering in a season of good cheer. The 2017 production, conceived, written, and directed by Brian P. Allen, is no exception; in fact, if anything, this year's show is bigger, bolder, and full of delightful surprises.

Photo Flash: MSMT Accepts BWW Critic's Choice Best of Maine 2017 AwardPhoto Flash: MSMT Accepts BWW Critic's Choice Best of Maine 2017 Award
November 27, 2017

Members of the staff of Maine State Music Theatre gathered to accept the 2017 Broadway World Critic's Choice Award. For the fifth year in a row MSMT has headed the list of Maine theatre producing extraordinary work. Maine editor Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold's citation praised the company's 'amazing trajectory into the stratosphere, producing a 2017 that somehow astonishingly managed to top the previous blockbuster season in artistic merit and audience appeal.' Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark said the acknowledgement was made him 'very happy' and he was 'grateful to everyone at Broadway World.'

BWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES Proves a Perennial Favorite at TAMBWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES Proves a Perennial Favorite at TAM
November 27, 2017

David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries has become a staple of the alternative Christmas experience a funny, sardonic, wickedly funny look at the traditions and trappings of Christmas. As such, it provides a welcome escape for as the publicity maintains mature elves with its laser-sharp wit, insightful character observation, and turn-on-a-dime humor. The brilliantly written monologue for Crumpet the Elf, adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello, has become a Christmas season favorite of its own. As such, it now plays on the stage of Theater at Monmouth's Cumston Hall with veteran actor Mike Anthony, giving a credible performance that is sure to delight the many viewers suffering from Hallmark or Macy's Santaland fatigue.



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