Maine Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: A Place More Magical Than Dreams: MSMT's ALICE IN WONDERLAND Captivates Young and Old BWW Review: A Place More Magical Than Dreams: MSMT's ALICE IN WONDERLAND Captivates Young and Old
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - August 21, 2017

In the opening scene of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark's Alice in Wonderland, Alice sings of her notion of Wonderland - 'a place where nonsense fills the air, a place more magical than dreams' - and in MSMT's Theatre for Young Audiences' original musical version of this classic, witty nonsense is de... (more...)
BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Cast Aside Productions BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Cast Aside Productions
by Elaine Bard - August 21, 2017

Have you ever felt unheard or unloved? Then take a seat and allow the 'internationally ignored' rock star, Hedwig, take you on a journey you will never forget.... (more...)
BWW Review: RAGTIME Explodes in Rhythm and Rhyme BWW Review: RAGTIME Explodes in Rhythm and Rhyme
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - August 14, 2017

In a bold, beautiful, and powerful production of Ragtime, the Ogunquit Playhouse gives its audience a compelling reminder that, as E. I. Doctorow once said, 'history is the present.' The 1996 musical with book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lyn Ahrens resonates perhaps... (more...)
BWW Review:  An Amazing Journey: MSMT's Riveting and Revelatory TOMMY BWW Review: An Amazing Journey: MSMT's Riveting and Revelatory TOMMY
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - August 01, 2017

Midway through the first act of The Who's Tommy, the young protagonist invites his mates and listeners to ride together on his amazing journey. And truly, Maine State Music Theatre's production of the Pete Townshend/DesMcAnuff musical, seen for two performances only at the Pickard Theater July 31 o... (more...)
BWW Review: Electrifying Joy Ride, GREASE Rocks MSMT Stage BWW Review: Electrifying Joy Ride, GREASE Rocks MSMT Stage
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - July 21, 2017

Rock'n roll, teen rebellion, a collection of quirky, lovable characters, and a musical score seared into the American cultural fabric - all these come together in a breathless and breathtaking joy ride that pulsates with electrifying energy in Maine State Music Theatre's third main stage show, Greas... (more...)
BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at Ogunquit Playhouse BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Steve Feeney - July 10, 2017

It seems, even mobsters don't like to spend all their summer in the city heat. This July, a talented gang of old-school ruffians has taken over the Ogunquit Playhouse.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE FULL MONTY at Penobscot Theatre BWW Review: THE FULL MONTY at Penobscot Theatre
by Mika Lindsay Ouellette - June 20, 2017

Penobscot Theatre Company Shows "The Full Monty"... (more...)
BWW Review: MSMT's Enchanting SLEEPING BEAUTY Offers a Fresh and Relevant Perspective on a Classic Fairytale BWW Review: MSMT's Enchanting SLEEPING BEAUTY Offers a Fresh and Relevant Perspective on a Classic Fairytale
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - June 14, 2017

MSMT opens its Theatre for Young Audiences with three performances of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark's musical retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairytale, Sleeping Beauty, in a striking visual production, performed with energy, conviction, and style by a company of young actors. The hour-long musical... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Ogunquit Playhouse BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Steve Feeney - May 22, 2017

The Ogunquit Playhouse opens its 85th season on a romantic Greek island.... (more...)
BWW Review: DISGRACED at Portland Stage Company BWW Review: DISGRACED at Portland Stage Company
by Steve Feeney - May 12, 2017

Strong work at Portland Stage.... (more...)
BWW Review: I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI at Penobscot Theatre Company BWW Review: I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI at Penobscot Theatre Company
by Mika Lindsay Ouellette - May 01, 2017

"I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti" feeds the heart and soul of Penobscot Theatre Company.... (more...)
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...)