Performing Arts

Bo Decker (Andy Schnabel) hugs a reluctant Cherie (Ali Fitzpatrick) in Acadia Repertory Theatre's production of William Inge's "Bus Stop."

Acadia Rep’s ‘Bus Stop’ still touchingly funny with fine ensemble cast

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 09, 2017, at 3:23 p.m.
The eight-character play is set in a Kansas diner during a snowstorm, where a bus driver and his four passengers are stuck until the road is cleared. It works well on the small stage of Acadia Repertory Theatre in Somesville.
Wendell Clark as Othello (center) regales his troops with stories of a victory in the Theatre at Monmouth's production of Shakespeare's "Othello."

Impact of ‘Othello,’ ‘Red Velvet’ at Monmouth searing, long lasting

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 02, 2017, at 2:08 p.m.
Passion elevates the casts of “Othello” and “Red Velvet” — both stories of black men with a modicum of power and privilege in white society — to emotional heights that nearly drown theatergoers.
“Macbeth” plays in repertory at the Theater at Monmouth, Cumston Hall, 796 Main St., Monmouth, through Aug 18.

Monmouth’s strips ‘Macbeth’ down to reveal its raw emotion

By Melissa Orth, Special to the BDN on July 26, 2017, at 1:25 p.m.
For those unfamiliar with the plot, three creepy witches foretell a change in power. If Macbeth is willing to make a stab at it, pun intended, he can become the new ruler of Scotland.
The cast of "Tintypes" rallies around President Teddy Roosevelt (Andre Blanchard). The musical will be performed by Cold Comfort Theater through Saturday in Wales Park in Belfast.

Flawed ‘Tintypes’ becomes community theater tribute in Belfast

By Judy Harrison on July 19, 2017, at 3:40 p.m.
Director Aynne Ames and her cast transform the 1980 musical revue into an energetic and loving tribute to community theater.
Dustin Whitehead as Pastor Paul and Ali Fitzpatrick as his wife, Elizabeth, stand before their congregation in "The Christians." The play is being performed through July 23 in Somesville by Acadia Repertory Company.

Acadia Rep’s ‘The Christians’ asks what happens when there is no hell

By Judy Harrison on July 12, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
“The Christians” looks at the human impact a drastic change in a pastor’s theology might have on a flock.
"Fugue for Tinhorns" musical number in "Guys and Dolls," playing through July 15 at Bowdoin College.

Maine’s latest ‘Guys and Dolls’ revival makes plaid fun again

By Melissa Orth, Special to the BDN on July 05, 2017, at 3:28 p.m.
The costumes for “A Bushel and a Peck” are creative and fun; half the girls are farmers and the other half farm animals, but sexy — if a baby lamb can be sexy.
Cast members of "The Full Monty" rehearse at the Penobscot Theatre in Bangor. The show opened June 15 and runs until July 9.

‘The Full Monty’ a triumph as PTC cast bares more than skin

By Judy Harrison on June 21, 2017, at 5:35 p.m.
“The Full Monty” is a triumph for director and choreographer Ethan Paulini and his talented cast of local actors and pros from away. It is funny, touching, charming and delightful.
Modern dance troupe Pilobolus will present "Shadowland" at the Collins Center for the Arts on Sept. 16.

From shadow dancers to child prodigies, Collins Center plans broad season offerings

By Emily Burnham on June 21, 2017, at 5:06 p.m.
If there’s one thing that’s predictable about each season at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono, it’s that there’s at least one surprise each year.
Cast members of "The Full Monty" rehearse at the Penobscot Theatre in Bangor. The show opens June 15 and runs until July 9.

Penobscot Theatre takes it all off for their last show of the season

By Kassadi Moore on June 14, 2017, at 12:29 p.m.
“This is a play where you’re playing people that you probably know. You’re playing mothers and fathers and members of the community,” director and choreographer Ethan Paulini said. “It’s all about honesty.”
Christine Mild as Patsy Cline. "Always...Patsy Cline." Maine State Music Theatre. Photo by Kinectiv.

Want to see strong women on stage? Check out ‘Always … Patsy Cline’

By Melissa Orth, Special to the BDN on June 12, 2017, at 5:46 p.m.
Hero worship mixes with self-delusion in her struggle to find rare moments of joy in surroundings that otherwise would fit nicely as the backdrop for a depressing country ballad.

Belfast Maskers Theater Company to perform ‘Annie” for summer production

on June 08, 2017, at 10:13 a.m.
Jackie Oliveri, playing Oriana Fallaci, in the new play “Oriana’s Eyes.”

The final days of a controversial Italian correspondent

By Lara Santoro, special to the BDN on May 31, 2017, at 2:52 p.m.
“Oriana’s Eyes” was an instant sensation in Italy. It gave the public an unvarnished look at the celebrity journalist.
Ruth Grierson plays the violin at Sips Cafe in Southwest Harbor during a Monday evening open mike session.

At 89, Maine’s ‘ancient fiddler’ proves it’s never too late to try something new

By Emily Burnham on May 04, 2017, at 1:01 a.m.
The “Ancient Fiddler” is an affectionate nickname for Ruth Grierson, who at 89-years-old maintains the playing schedule of a musician half her age.
Michelle Damato plays Giulia in Penobscot Theatre's production of "I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti."

Novelty of cooking on stage can’t overcome dull love stories at Bangor Opera House

By Judy Harrison on May 03, 2017, at 3:40 p.m.
Michelle Damato works hard at charming the audience but no actress could rise above this much bad material.

Some Theatre Company to present ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ June 1-4

on May 02, 2017, at 9:50 a.m.
Michelle Damato plays Giulia in Penobscot Theatre Company's production of "I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti."

Dinner as theater: New PTC play is part cooking show, part memoir

By Emily Burnham on April 26, 2017, at 8:59 a.m.
Actor Michelle Damato cooks a full meal — antipasto, salad and freshly made spaghetti with meat sauce — over the course of the show, which she serves to eight audience members each night.
Harrison C. Roper of Houlton shows off some of the many pieces of music he has scored over the years. Roper will be the featured honoree at the Northern Maine Chamber Society Orchestra concerts Saturday,  April 29, in Houlton and Sunday, April 30, in Presque Isle.

This 85-year-old ‘gave up a life’ to move to Maine, where his music remains a treasure

By Kathryn Olmstead, Special to the BDN on April 20, 2017, at 4:43 p.m.
“When I moved to Maine I thought it was the end of a chance to play music. I was wrong. Northern Maine is like a village. If anyone has a special interest, you will know about it.”
The panda family from Disneynature's film, "Born in China."

Movie review: ‘Born in China’ is breathtaking

By Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service (TNS) on April 19, 2017, at 2:25 p.m.
“Born in China” gets up close and personal with some of the unique species found in China — pandas, snow leopards, cranes, Chiru antelope and golden monkeys.
The cast of "Molded by the Flow" performs in an original, multimedia production inspired by southern Maine's natural and human history. The show is the result of a collaboration of USM's theater, art and music departments.

‘Molded by Flow’ evokes history, memory in unique theatrical experience

By Judy Harrison on April 19, 2017, at 1:32 p.m.
USM’s latest offering doesn’t look or sound or feel like the usual university theatrical production.
Kobe Hooper, portraying Jesus, gets in costume at St. John Catholic Church Friday afternoon as he prepares for the Good Friday service.

Tall teen says playing Christ helped him understand ‘how much he suffered’

By Judy Harrison on April 14, 2017, at 7:48 p.m.
“I’ve learned that crucifixion was really painful. And now I think about how much he suffered. That put it more into an enlightened context for me.”