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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:03

80 Days' in two hours

PTC presents adaptation of Jules Verne classic

BANGOR In William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' Puck tells his master Oberon that he will 'put a girdle round the Earth in forty minutes.' Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg means to take a little longer 80 days to be precise.

Penobscot Theatre Company is presenting their production of 'Around the World in 80 Days,' adapted by Mark Brown from Jules Verne's classic novel. The show will be running through June 2 at the Bangor Opera House.

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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:35

Northern Writes: new and improved

New play festival marks seventh year

BANGOR Creating new works for the stage is an incredibly involved process. Playwrights struggle to find ways to see and hear their words so that they might find ways to tweak and improve their product. Hearing your words aloud and hearing an audience's reaction to those words is one of the most vital aspects of building the best possible piece.

Since 2007, Penobscot Theatre Company has been doing their part to help in the achievement of those goals. The seventh annual Northern Writes Festival of New Works is taking place at the Bangor Opera House from May 3 through May 5. Since its inception, over a thousand scripts have been submitted to the festival and vetted by a variety of readers. All told, Northern Writes has produced staged readings of over 100 scripts by writers from all over the country and beyond.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 14:16

Local writer wins playwriting award

Clauder Competition names 'One Blue Tarp' Best Maine Play

ORONO Capturing the spirit of a place on the page can be an arduous task. Doing so by writing a play is even more so. 

This makes 'One Blue Tarp,' a play written by Orono resident Travis Baker, even more impressive. Not only has he created a nuanced piece exploring the nature of relationships here in Maine particularly the notion of people 'from away' but he has done so from a smartly skewed perspective that mines equal parts humor and pathos from those relationships.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:34

The soul of Wit'

PTC presents Pulitzer Prize-winning drama

BANGOR There are few things as powerful as live theater.

Seeing stories unfold right in front of us is a beautiful thing. We are separate from the action onstage, yet the performers are undeniably present. That combination makes theater capable of telling tales in a way that impacts us in a way that is unlike any other art form. And even then, some pieces achieve more so much more. 

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PTC production offers weird, wild trip to the Florida swamps

BANGOR We are not alone in the universe at least, not according to some eccentrics living in the swamps of Florida.

That's part of the story behind 'The Sugar Bean Sisters,' a play by Nathan Sanders. Penobscot Theatre Company is presenting their production of the show a Maine premiere through Feb. 17 at the Bangor Opera House.

It's the tale of the Nettles sisters, two spinsters living out their days in their deceased father's shack in the town of Sugar Bean, Florida. There's Willie May (Irene Dennis), a born-again Mormon who supports their little family by way of her 'grapefruit fortune,' a settlement for an injury she received while working at a citrus plant. And then there's Faye Clementine (A.J. Mooney), a woman whose main claim to fame is an appearance on the cover of 'The Weekly World News' after a UFO sighting 20 years ago.

Published in Happenings
Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:20

Bet your bottom dollar on Annie'

PTC presents modern musical favorite

BANGOR One of the most wonderful artistic traditions here in Bangor is the annual holiday production at Penobscot Theatre. It has become a vital part of this celebratory time for many area families.

For a long time, we got various and sundry adaptations of the Charles Dickens classic 'A Christmas Carol' the occasional 'Gift of the Magi' notwithstanding. In recent years, however, the offerings have diversified. We've gotten to spend time with Crumpet the Elf in David Sedaris's 'Santaland Diaries.' We've gotten the musical stylings of 'Plaid Tidings,' and we've watched Ralphie pine for a Red Ryder BB gun in 'A Christmas Story.'

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:47

The sun will come out

PTC bringing Annie' to life in Bangor

BANGOR - This holiday season, Penobscot Theatre Company is undertaking one of its most ambitious projects to date.

The musical classic 'Annie' will be gracing the stage at the Bangor Opera House this December, with performances running from Dec. 5 through 29.

'Annie' is based on the long-running comic strip 'Little Orphan Annie' by Harold Gray. The strip ran for over 85 years, inspiring film adaptations and a radio show (a show that made an appearance of its own in last year's PTC holiday production of 'A Christmas Story'). However, it is the 1977 stage musical not to mention the 1982 film version of that musical that is the 'Annie' that holds the most meaning for us.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 13:37

You'll want to test-drive Becky's New Car'

BANGOR  Becky (Stacey Scott) is a middle-aged wife and mother who has sunk into the tepid routine of her life with her loving but average husband, Joe (Ron Lisnet), and her 26-year-old perpetual student son, Chris (Brad LaBree). Though she isn't looking for it, temptation for a new life literally walks in while she is working late one evening and Walter Flood (Ken Stack), a rich and absent-minded widower bumbles into her life.

Flood assumes that Becky's spouse has also passed away and begins making romantic overtures toward her. Flattered and confused, Becky doesn't deflect them as well as she could have and finds her simple life becoming more interesting and much more complicated in turns.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:22

Patsy Cline reborn at Penobscot Theatre

AlwaysPatsy Cline' a portrait of music, love and friendship

BANGOR Penobscot Theatre Company has kicked off its 39th season with its production of 'AlwaysPatsy Cline,' written by Ted Swindley.

'AlwaysPatsy Cline' tells the story of the legendary singer's relationship and ongoing correspondence with an ardently admiring fan. Louise Seger is a lonely Houston housewife, a divorced mother of two who absolutely falls in love with Patsy's voice the moment she first hears it on a television variety show. Before long, Louise is calling her local radio station every day, making multiple requests for Patsy Cline songs.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 14:05

The play is the thing

A preview of the 2012-13 PTC season

BANGOR The 2012-2013 season from Penobscot Theatre Company is upon us.

This year marks the 39th season for Bangor's professional theatre, as well as the first full season for new Artistic Director Bari Newport, who has been at the helm since January of this year.

It's a vast and varied collection of plays, with Maine premieres and classics, madcap comedies and challenging dramas. There really is something for all tastes.

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