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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.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 14:07

A beautiful Oblivion'

Sci-fi offering visually striking, narratively hollow

So Tom Cruise has been a movie star for the past 30 years. It was 1983 when he starred in 'The Outsiders,' 'Risky Business' and 'All The Right Moves.' He was launched into the Hollywood stratosphere and has essentially resided there ever since.

So it's remarkable to watch him in a film like 'Oblivion.' It is science fiction that's long on style and short on substance; a fair amount of sizzle with very little steak the sort of criticism that has dogged Cruise for much of his career.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 13:31

Warning: May be habit-forming

Winterport Open Stage presents Nunsense'

WINTERPORT They might have heavenly voices, but they're here to raise a little hell.

Winterport Open Stage is presenting their production of the musical 'Nunsense' with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin at the Wagner Middle School in Winterport. The production runs through April 28. Tickets are $10 ($8 for students and seniors).

The Little Sisters of Hoboken are in a bit of a bind. Their cook (Sister Julia, Child of God) has accidentally poisoned the majority of the convent's residents with a tainted fish stew. Only 19 sisters remain they survived due to being off playing Bingo. A handful of the survivors have thus taken it upon themselves to put on a show in an effort to raise funds to pay for the burials of their fallen sisters.

ORONO The trickster is a central part of almost every culture's lore. Not only does the idea allow for some pretty important morality lessons, but it can make for a pretty great story too.

Orono Community Theatre is presenting 'Tales of Trickery' by Kim Alan Wheetly. The children's show offers two performances on April 27 one at 10:30 AM and one at 2 PM and a 2 PM showing on April 28, all at the Keith Anderson Center in Orono. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:52

Celebrity Slam - Apr. 24, 2013

Reese gets rowdy

There are few things more likely to land a celebrity in this space than a wildly overinflated sense of self-importance. The only thing funnier than a famous person saying or doing something stupid is someone saying or doing that something stupid whilst swept up in a maelstrom of delusion and self-involvement.

Booze helps too.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 15:36

42' hits a home run

Film tells the story of Jackie Robinson

I am a sucker for a good sports movie. It doesn't even really matter which sport the drama inherent to athletic competition in general often makes for compelling cinema. And that competitive tension can be mined for humor as well as drama. You don't even need to be a sports fan (though it undoubtedly helps). The very best sports movies are the ones that use what happens on the field as a way to speak to the larger issues of what happens off it. 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 15:33

Fifth time not the charm Scary Movie'

Franchise keeps lowering the bar

Even in this age of sequels and reboots in which we currently live, there's such a thing as going too far - especially when the idea being rehashed didn't have much in the way of staying power to begin with. With each copy of a copy, the concept continues its inexorable spiral downward to the bottom of the barrel. When it finally reaches the lowest common denominator?

That's when you get the fifth installment in the 'Scary Movie' franchise.

Patrons to vote on first show of group's 20th season

WINTERPORT Next fall, Winterport Open Stage will be entering its 20th season. As part of that celebration, they are using their spring production of the musical 'Nunsense' to offer its loyal audience an opportunity to make its voice heard.

'Nunsense' with book and lyrics by Dan Goggin - will be running from April 19 through 28 at the Samuel L. Wagner Middle School in Winterport. The cast, rich with local favorites, includes Heather Astbury-Libby, Brianne Beck, Tina Burns, Elena DiSiervo Burns and Kari Stowe. The show is helmed by director and choreographer Dominick Varney, with musical direction by Phil Burns.

UMaine's Maine Masque presents Yasmina Reza play

ORONO The Maine Masque is the University of Maine's student-run theater group. Every year, members choose a play to be presented in the final mainstage slot of the season. Every part of this production is student-run students perform in these pieces, of course, but they also produce, direct and design it. They are completely in charge.

This year's offering is Yasmina Reza's 'God of Carnage,' directed by third-year student Goldie Irvine.

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.

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