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BWW Review: Lady Day and Her Demons BWW Review: Lady Day and Her Demons
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold on September 23, 2017 in Maine

Portland Stage opens its 44th season with an intense production of Lanie Robertson's exploration of the tortured inner life of songstress Billie Holiday, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. Essentially a ninety-minute dramatic monologue, the play with music is a virtuoso vehicle for the singer-actress in the title role. Portland Stage's attractive, expressive production captures all the pathos of Holliday's life, as well as the incomparable beauty of her music making. (more...)
MISERY to Take the Stage in Stephen King's Hometown MISERY to Take the Stage in Stephen King's Hometown
by BWW News Desk on September 22, 2017 in Maine

Penobscot Theatre Company will present William Goldman's chilling dramatization of Stephen King's Misery, a Maine premiere. The production will run October 12 through November 5 at the Bangor Opera House, in the heart of Stephen King's hometown. (more...)
USM Department of Theatre to Kick Off Season with Modern Horror Story 'NEIGHBORHOOD 3' USM Department of Theatre to Kick Off Season with Modern Horror Story 'NEIGHBORHOOD 3'
by BWW News Desk on September 22, 2017 in Maine

The USM Department of Theatre will open their 2017-2018 season on the Main Stage at Russell Hall with the comic and disturbing modern horror story 'Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom,' which opens September 29. (more...)
Maine State Ballet Presents THE LITTLE MERMAID this October Maine State Ballet Presents THE LITTLE MERMAID this October
by BWW News Desk on September 22, 2017 in Maine

Maine State Ballet's 175 seat Lopez Theater will be transformed into a shimmering underwater grotto for the upcoming production of The Little Mermaid, an original ballet by Artistic Director Linda MacArthur Miele, which runs October 7 through October 15. (more...)
Naked Shakespeare Announces 2017/18 Season of Performances Naked Shakespeare Announces 2017/18 Season of Performances
by BWW News Desk on September 21, 2017 in Maine

Acorn Productions, producers of the Naked Shakespeare series, has chosen the theme of archetypes for the current season of performances in the Ballroom at Mechanics Hall. Each show brings together characters sharing similar traits from across the Shakespearean canon in one-hour shows that break down barriers between the actors and audience to create uniquely accessible takes on the text. In keeping with Naked Shakepeare's 13 year tradition, the company keeps costumes, scenery, lighting and props to a minimum in order to highlight the images and poetry present in the text. Each show will be presented in two pay-what-you-can performances at the company's home in Mechanics Hall in downtown Portland, with the first show a preview on the first Thursday of the month, and the second presented right after the First Friday art walk concludes at 7pm. A new addition to the series this year is a third (and sometimes fourth) show that will be offered the week after the First Friday performances at a local food and drink establishment downtown. The venues chosen to host these shows are well-known to local audiences: Portland House of Music, Port City Blue, Bull Feeney's, Urban Farm Fermentory, Oxbow Blending and Bottling, and The Aphodian Theater. At the conclusion of this season, one of these six establishments will be chosen by the company to host a new alternative monthly series for the 2018/19 season. (more...)
LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL to Launch Portland Stage's 2017-18 Season LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL to Launch Portland Stage's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk on September 22, 2017 in Maine

Portland Stage has announced the kick-off to its 2017-2018 Season with Lady Day At Emerson's Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson, starring Tracey Conyer Lee.  (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 9/22 - HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, GYPSY, RENT, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 9/22 - HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, GYPSY, RENT, and More!
by BWW Special on September 22, 2017 in Maine

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, GYPSY, RENT, and More! (more...)
USM Department of Theatre Slates Identity-Themed 2017-18 Season USM Department of Theatre Slates Identity-Themed 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk on September 20, 2017 in Maine

USM's Department of Theatre announced its season of performances for the 2017-2018 academic year, which will focus on an overarching theme of 'Identity.' (more...)
Portland Ovations Offstage Launches Offstage Ambassador Program for Students Portland Ovations Offstage Launches Offstage Ambassador Program for Students
by BWW News Desk on September 20, 2017 in Maine

Portland Ovations Offstage is launching an Ambassador Program to enroll Maine high school students to spread the word about the magic of the performing arts and to provide them with an in depth semester-long opportunity to explore what a professional commitment to the performing arts truly entails. By selecting a core group of students, Ovations Offstage hopes to establish and nurture a vital link to their peers regarding the arts, both locally and nationally. (more...)
Mad Horse Theatre to Open 32nd Season with Rock Musical BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Mad Horse Theatre to Open 32nd Season with Rock Musical BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
by BWW News Desk on September 21, 2017 in Maine

Mad Horse Theatre Company opens its 32nd season with the riotous rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, music & lyrics by Michael Friedman, and book by Alex Timbers. (more...)
SISTER ACT to Get in the Habit at Community Little Theatre SISTER ACT to Get in the Habit at Community Little Theatre
by BWW News Desk on September 20, 2017 in Maine

Community Little Theatre (Auburn) is pleased to announce the cast and crew of the first production of their 78th Season, 'Sister Act.' (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 9/20/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 9/20/2017
by BWW on September 20, 2017 in Maine

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/20/2017 for Maine (more...)
Porter Hall Presents the World Premiere of WORDS & MUSIC Porter Hall Presents the World Premiere of WORDS & MUSIC
by BWW News Desk on September 15, 2017 in Maine

'WORDS & MUSIC - A New Musical Revue: The Songs of Hallett & Robinson' is an exciting new show written by award-winning composer Aaron Robinson and lyricist Suzy Hallett. (more...)
Tickets for Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST  at Penobscot Theatre Go On Sale 10/2 Tickets for Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Penobscot Theatre Go On Sale 10/2
by BWW News Desk on September 14, 2017 in Maine

Previously available to subscribers only, tickets to Penobscot Theatre Company's highly anticipated holiday production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, will go on sale to the general public, October 2. 'Sold-out performances are all but certain, so we urge folks to act soon. It's going to be glorious,' says Producing Artistic Director, Bari Newport. (more...)
Comedic CALENDAR GIRLS to Open at the Waterville Opera House This Fall Comedic CALENDAR GIRLS to Open at the Waterville Opera House This Fall
by BWW News Desk on September 15, 2017 in Maine

The Waterville Opera House (WOH) will present Calendar Girls, a comedic play written by Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi made famous by the 2003 British film adaptation staring Helen Mirren. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 9/15 - DREAMGIRLS, BOOK OF MORMON, And More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 9/15 - DREAMGIRLS, BOOK OF MORMON, And More!
by BWW Special on September 15, 2017 in Maine

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature Dreamgirls, The Odd Couple, The Book of Mormon, and more! (more...)
Mad Horse Theatre to Open 32nd Season with Rock Musical BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Mad Horse Theatre to Open 32nd Season with Rock Musical BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
by BWW News Desk on September 12, 2017 in Maine

Mad Horse Theatre Company opens its 32nd season with the riotous rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, music & lyrics by Michael Friedman, and book by Alex Timbers. (more...)
Pulitzer-Winning Playwright Paula Vogel to Speak at Portland Stage Pulitzer-Winning Playwright Paula Vogel to Speak at Portland Stage
by BWW News Desk on September 12, 2017 in Maine

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel will join Anita Stewart, Portland Stage Executive Artistic Director, on the Mainstage for a discussion about her work on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7 p.m. (more...)
17th Annual Maine Playwrights Festival Seeks Script Submissions 17th Annual Maine Playwrights Festival Seeks Script Submissions
by BWW News Desk on September 11, 2017 in Maine

Acorn Productions, producers of the annual Maine Playwrights Festival, announces that they have begun accepting scripts for this year's seventeenth edition of the state's long-running incubator for new plays by local playwrights. Anybody living in Maine is eligible to submit a new play between 8 and 30 minutes in length for consideration in the festival. The deadline for submissions is December 2nd. (more...)
BWW Review: THE FAMOUS LIPITONES at Penobscot Theatre BWW Review: THE FAMOUS LIPITONES at Penobscot Theatre
by Mika Lindsay Ouellette on September 11, 2017 in Maine

"The Famous Lipitones" Make Joyful Music at Penobscot Theatre (more...)
Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Sep. 10 Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Sep. 10
by Audition Roundup on September 10, 2017 in Maine

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, September 10, 2017 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 9/8 - FOLLIES, GYPSY, GHOST, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 9/8 - FOLLIES, GYPSY, GHOST, and More!
by BWW Special on September 08, 2017 in Maine

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature FOLLIES, GYPSY, GHOST, and More! (more...)
Review Roundup: HEARTBREAK HOTEL at Ogunquit Playhouse Review Roundup: HEARTBREAK HOTEL at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk on September 07, 2017 in Maine

This is the world premiere of HEARTBREAK HOTEL, prequel to Million Dollar Quartet, playing at Olgunquit Playhouse. The show runs until September 30, and the critics are weighing in! (more...)
UGLY LIES THE BONE, THE SPITFIRE GRILL, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and More Set for Penobscot Theatre Company's 2017-18 Season UGLY LIES THE BONE, THE SPITFIRE GRILL, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and More Set for Penobscot Theatre Company's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk on September 07, 2017 in Maine

Penobscot Theatre Company announces its 44th Season, a fresh array of plays of musicals to be staged at the company's historic home, the Bangor Opera House. (more...)
Good Theater Kicks Off Season 16 with SEX WITH STRANGERS Good Theater Kicks Off Season 16 with SEX WITH STRANGERS
by BWW News Desk on September 06, 2017 in Maine

Sex With Strangers, the recent off-Broadway hit show, kicks off Good Theater's 16th season.  Written by Laura Eason, one of the writers on the hit tv series House of Cards, this two character comedy is about the publishing industry and how far someone will go to get ahead.   (more...)