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Dan Marois

Dan Marois

It was his time growing up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where Dan Marois “got the bug” for theater and entertainment. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University in English and Communications and has spent most of his career in healthcare marketing and public relations. In 2006, the Maine Public Relations Council awarded him the Edward Bernays Award, its highest recognition for service to the public relations profession. Currently, he is a self-employed writer, actor and producer. He is a co-owner, with his wife, Denise of Mystery for Hire, one of New England's premiere murder mystery dinner theater troupes that has performed to over 75,000 since 1995. ( He is also the founder of Mainely Improv-On the Spot Comedy, an improv troupe that performs spontaneously just about anywhere. He also owns Mainely Improv, an improvisational comedy troupe, and he and his wife perform musical revues as well. He has been a theater reviewer for over 20 years having given his commentary for over 300 productions. He is the Owner and Communication Specialist for Mainly Communications, providing communication services to a variety of business clients. He is a regular contributor to the Lewiston/Auburn Magazine and is the editor of Maine REALTOR and New Hampshire REALTOR as well as the Oxford Hills Chamber magazine. He’s appeared on stage in such diverse productions as Fiddler on the Roof to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He’s personally appeared in nearly 1000 mystery themed dinner productions where he has “done the crime” but “never the time.”  Marois can be reached at


Review: SILENT SKY at The Barnstormers
August 14, 2022

One of the non-musical highlights of the summer theater season.

Review: THE NUTTY PROFESSOR at Ogunquit Playhouse
July 17, 2022

The Nutty Professor at the Ogunquit Playhouse is a newly retooled world premiere musical based on the 1963 Jerry Lewis film of the same title. A comic flick favorite, The Nutty Professor is a story of a Jekyll and Hyde transformation that takes place for a mild mannered and befuddled college professor.

Review: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at The Barnstormers
July 15, 2022

Who would believe that a show about an Elvis impersonator turned drag queen could be such a hit in the middle of New Hampshire's summer theater season?

Review: INTO THE WOODS at The Barnstormers
July 4, 2022

Worth the Journey -Into the Woods

Review: ANYTHING GOES at Seacoast Repertory Theatre
June 20, 2022

What did our critic think? While the Seacoast Repertory Theatre has mounted contemporary musical productions in recent years, none resonate more on the Portsmouth stage than the timeless, classic, and vintage shows from the heydays of Broadway.

BWW Review: THE CHER SHOW at Ogunquit Playhouse
May 26, 2022

Imagine yourself going to a concert by performing legend, Cher. Then imagine that she spends the evening telling you about her life story through the difficulties of a struggling career to the transformation that made her an entertainment powerhouse. And she's not aloof on center stage. Throughout the evening she's talking directly to you, the audience. The banter is delectable.

BWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at Seacoast Repertory Theatre
March 28, 2022

La Cage Aux Folles currently playing at the Seacoast Repertory Theater in Portsmouth is a reminder of how far we come in the world of acceptance.

BWW Review: PETER PAN at Seacoast Repertory Theatre
November 22, 2021

Seacoast Repertory Theatre brings forward a magical performance of the classic, Peter Pan

BWW Review: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Ogunquit Playhouse
October 11, 2021

I loved every minute of the musical, Young Frankenstein, the season closer for what has been an incredible year for the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine's treasured seaside town.

BWW Review: MYSTIC PIZZA - A NEW MUSICAL at Ogunquit Playhouse
September 7, 2021

This world premiere is among the best of those presented by Ogunquit Playhouse with a charming, light-hearted story, an incredibly talented cast, costuming that you might still find in the clothes closet in the attic, and a string of 1980s tunes that will have you reminiscing about big hair, neon colors and shoulder pads.

BWW Review: ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE at Ogunquit Playhouse
July 21, 2021

The Ogunquit Playhouse rolls out the second show of its 2021 season with a performance of Jimmy Buffet's Escape to Margaritaville, a jukebox musical with music and lyrics by (no surprise) Jimmy Buffet and book by Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley.

BWW Review: SPAMALOT at Ogunquit Playhouse
June 19, 2021

After being shuttered from its 2020 theater season, the Ogunquit Playhouse enters 2021 in royal fashion with Monty Python's spoof of the King Arthur legend in Spamalot

BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Ogunquit Playhouse
September 23, 2019

BWW Review: MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL at Ogunquit Playhouse
September 10, 2019

Here's the first thing I thought about when I heard about Menopause the Musical at the Ogunquit Playhouse.

BWW Review: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS at Ogunquit Playhouse
August 19, 2019

While it might seem sacrilegious to host a non-musical at the famed Ogunquit Playhouse, modern day audiences should know that the early years of the theater hosted a slew of non-musical productions. In fact, it was many years ago that I saw a production of Love Letters and an adaptation of Dracula.

BWW Review: CABARET at Ogunquit Playhouse
July 21, 2019

BWW Review: 42ND STREET at Ogunquit Playhouse
June 23, 2019

BWW Review: Ogunquit Playhouse's 2019 Production of JERSEY BOYS
May 20, 2019

After a successful run of Jersey Boys during the 2018 season, Executive Artistic Director, Bradford T. Kenney, kicked of the opening night of the 87th season at the Ogunquit Playhouse announcing, 'Jersey Boys 2.0.' You might say that success builds success. If a show can run to sold out audiences for eight weeks in 2018, might it be worth running the show again the following year?

BWW Review: LEND ME A TENOR at LA Community Theatre
January 21, 2019

Paul Menezes (as Tito Merelli) and Benjamin Monahan-Morang (as Max), the actors who portray opera singers in Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor, at Community Little Theatre in Auburn do not look a bit similar. Menezes is stocky and bulky to Monahan-Morang's height and slender build. Nevertheless, their characters are mistaken for each other throughout most of Act II in Ludwig's clever script.

BWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL at Ogunquit Playhouse/Portsmouth NH Music Hall
December 3, 2018

Elf the Musical is the perfect holiday treat. Whether you know the 2003 movie version that featured Will Ferrell or not, it doesn't matter. As a collaborative effort of the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine performed at the charmingly unique Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, this show is one of the best holiday themed productions I've ever seen. The setting, combined with a funny script, rollicking musical numbers, costumes in Christmas palette colors and outrageous dance numbers (you can't beat tap dancing elves and Santas!) this show is worth seeing.