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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



BWW Review: ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE at Ogunquit Playhouse PhotoBWW Review: ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE at Ogunquit Playhouse
Posted: Jul. 21, 2021


BWW Review: SPAMALOT at Ogunquit Playhouse PhotoBWW Review: SPAMALOT at Ogunquit Playhouse
Posted: Jun. 19, 2021

BWW Review: ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE at Ogunquit Playhouse PhotoBWW Review: ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE at Ogunquit Playhouse
Posted: Jul. 21, 2021

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.

BWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER Maine State Ballet
November 26, 2018

The interesting thing about The Nutcracker at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine is just how quickly an audience can settle into it, year after year, like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold night. The venue is packed with an audience of all ages, some dressed in their 'night on the town' finery while others sport flannel shirts, jeans and a baseball cap. That's the magic of this production, a full-scale ballet and orchestra that appeals to a wide-ranging audience here in Maine.

BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at Ogunquit Playhouse
September 10, 2018

The rise of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is played out in Jersey Boys.

August 13, 2018

Based on a film starring Jack Lemmon, Walther Matthau and Ann-Margret that hit movie theaters 25 years ago, Grumpy Old Men the Musical is currently playing at the Ogunquit Playhouse in what is touted as the US premiere of the production.

July 16, 2018

In 1928, George Gershwin composed 'An American in Paris' inspired by the time he spent there. It wasn't until 1951 that An American in Paris hit the movie screen starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron as directed by Vincente Minnelli.

June 18, 2018

As the Ogunquit Playhouse celebrates its 86th year of entertaining audiences here in Maine, the second show of the season is the gem of a Broadway musical, Oklahoma, celebrating its 75th anniversary year.

BWW Review: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Ogunquit Playhouse
May 23, 2018

There's everything to love in Smokey Joe's Cafe the first show of the Ogunquit Playhouse's 86th season.

BWW Review: THE CONQUEST OF THE SOUTH POLE at Snowlion Repertory Company
January 30, 2018

The Snowlion Repertory Company has taken a bold step in presenting the New England premiere of a production called The Conquest of the South Pole by Manfred Karge.

BWW Review: SHEAR MADNESS at Good Theater
January 29, 2018

Good Theater tops the mystery theater genre with a production of Shear Madness

BWW Review: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY at Ogunquit Playhouse
October 9, 2017

From Here to Eternity Falls Short in New Musical Version

BWW Review: HEARTBREAK HOTEL at Ogunquit Playhouse
September 3, 2017

Heartbreak Hotel covers the rise of Elvis Presley from a humble truck driver in Memphis to the King of Rock 'N' Roll, a journey that took only 18 months to complete.