Category Archives: Plays

September Ushers in New Theatre Seasons

Portland, Maine -- 8/14/16 -- "The Irish and How they got that way" presented by Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage Company. © Roger S. Duncan 2016. Permission granted to Portland Stage Company and Maine State Music Theatre for all promotional purposes. Resale not permitted without express written consent.

This past summer has been one of the busiest and most thrilling periods for me as a journalist covering Maine cultural events. I have updated my blog with links to all the theatre interviews, profiles, and reviews, highlights among them my series of interviews of cast and creatives for MSMT, my articles on MSMT”s Peek behind the Curtain panel discussions, and my coverage of the MSMT-Portland Stage exciting co-production of The Irish and How They Got That Way. In addition, I had the pleasure to experience some great theatre at Ogunquit Playhouse, Theater at Monmouth, and smaller community venues like Portland Players. September brings openings at Portland Stage, the Good Theater, Biddeford’s City Theater, Mad Horse Theatre, Lyric Music Theatre, and numerous others. I look forward to the excitement and stimulation of it all. For a place “450 miles north of Broadway,” there is a wealth of cultural events to experience!

 

Busy! Busy!

danny boyGearing up for the summer theatre season here in Maine, just as the 2015-206 has closed , and I thought I would share with you two recent articles that I had great fun writing.  The first is a preview piece on what is sure to be a real treat this August-September – a co-production between Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage of Frank McCourt’s The Irish and How They Got That Way, directed by Marc Robin, sets by Anita Stewart, and starring Curt Dale Clark.  Here is the link to read the Broadway World piece: https://stagescreensong.wordpress.com/we-are-all-irish/

Then I had the pleasure of reviewing the absolutely remarkable production, directed by Raymond Marc Dumont, of Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party at Portland Players.  I was blown away and delighted to be able to give it a rave!.. Check out then article here: https://stagescreensong.wordpress.com/bww-review-raymond-marc-dumont-directs-a-difficult-disturbing-and-brilliant-the-wild-part/

I also completed another interview with composer Tobin Mueller for Fanfare – he has completed his masterworks trilogy with a Chopin-Mueller album- and got to speak to composer Dan Redfield.

So it has been busy, busy!  Who says living in Maine is uneventful?

October Scribblings

headerOctober has seen the completion of my manuscript for a new collection of short stories entitled, CAROUSEL and Other Stories, due to be released by Weiala Press in February 2016. The manuscript is heading to the printers this November. (Read more here). I also am continuing to work on my Jonas Kaufmann critical history, now writing about the year 2013 – so we are slowly approaching the present day, and I am very excited to see where this goes! On the Maine scene, I covered the exciting exhibition at Bowdoin Museum called Night Vision and the world premiere of Rob Urbinati’s play, Mama’s Boy. You can read these pieces by clicking on their respective links.

February Reviews

Given the record-breaking snows we have had in Maine this February, many theatre events were cancelled, but I managed to review Madhorse Theatre’s excellent Kimberly Akimbo and the Midcoast Symphony’s January program which included a performance of a rarely heard Amy Beach symphony.  Visit my pages at Broadway World to read these reviews.