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Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:34

Love is in the air - Boeing Boeing'

Written by Allen Adams
PTC presents frantic farce

BANGOR - Love is a complicated thing. Finding the time to balance your own needs with the needs of your loved one can be difficult. Trying to balance the needs of three different loved ones? That's when things get crazy.

And hilarious.

Penobscot Theatre is presenting 'Boeing Boeing,' by Marc Camoletti, through Feb. 26 at the Bangor Opera House. It's a debut on multiple levels for PTC newcomer Bari Newport. Not only is this the first show of her tenure as the new artistic director of the theatre, but it's also her directorial debut here in Bangor.

Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:30

Taking a wrong turn at Sesame Street - Avenue Q'

Written by Allen Adams
UMaine presents a grown-up puppet musical
ORONO - From childhood, I've had an affinity for puppets. There's a wonderful anarchy that puppets seem to inspire that can result in moments that are engaging and absurd at the same time. Throw in the element of music and the potential for joyful chaos is maximized. It's the chance to create work that tells a story in a very unique way.

'Avenue Q,' the musical by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marz and Jeff Whitty, is that sort of work. A production of the Tony-winning show is currently being mounted by the University of Maine's School of Performing Arts. The show is directed by Sandra Hardy and musically directed by Danny Williams; it is being performed in Hauck Auditorium and runs through Feb. 19.

Original adaptation to appear at inaugural NY Children's Theatre Festival
BANGOR - When I saw Penobscot Theatre Company's production of 'The Velveteen Rabbit' a couple of years ago, I came away very impressed. Playwright Andrew Frodahl - who also happens to be PTC's technical director - had managed to adapt a beloved story respectfully while still making it very much his own. It was a wonderful production of an excellent script. Like I said - impressive.

Apparently, I'm not the only one who thought so. Frodahl's script has been selected for production at the inaugural New York Children's Theatre Festival, one of only three to receive a slot. The show will hit the stage at the end of the festival, running the first weekend in May.

Of course, it took a whole lot of work to get there.

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 10:31

Cuckoo's Nest is Crazy Funny

Written by Jodi Hersey

EDDINGTON - Not having seen the movie or read the book 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' I was a bit leery about writing a review of the play that's currently running at the Eddington-Clifton Civic Center (Comins Hall). However, I quickly learned prior knowledge of this infamous story was not necessary. The actors from Ten Bucks Theatre had my attention the minute the lights dimmed.

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' takes place at a mental institution where Randall Patrick McMurphy (played by Allen Adams) chooses to be sentenced rather than serving time on a prison work farm. McMurphy easily wins over audience members with his sharp sarcasm and willingness to stand up for the patients in his ward. Throughout the play McMurphy balks at the institution's rules that are strictly enforced by a stern Nurse Ratched (played by Katie Toole). Both Adams and Toole were perfectly cast for their parts and as the lead characters, they are fabulous. In fact, McMurphy, the other patients, and institution wards despise Nurse Ratched - but I loved her no-nonsense, stick-to-the-rules personality!

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:40

A marvelous time with the Wonderettes'

Written by Allen Adams
PTC's latest features harmony, humor and hubris

BANGOR - Looking for a nostalgic walk through a different time via the popular songs of the 1950s and 60s? Perhaps sprinkled with a few laughs, some pathos and a whole lot of harmony?

Then look no further than 'The Marvelous Wonderettes,' directed by Nathan Halverson. This latest production from Penobscot Theatre Company runs through Nov. 13 at the Bangor Opera House.

In 1958, the Marvelous Wonderettes are an all-girl singing quartet at Springfield High (Go Chipmunks!) who have been pressed into service as the entertainment for the prom after some questionable decisions by members of the glee club, who were originally going to perform.

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 09:09

Why aren't you rioting?

Written by Allen Adams
Third annual Comedy Riot brings stand-up to Brewer

BREWER - Get ready to riot.

The third annual Comedy Riot will be descending on Brewer on Nov. 5 with two shows. The performances will be held at Jeff's Catering with shows starting at 7 and 9:30 pm.

'This will be our third show,' said event promoter Jeremy White. 'In our first year, we had 400 people turn up. Last year, that went up to 600. We're expecting another great crowd this year.'

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 05:38

PTC tops off the tank with 'Last Gas'

Written by Allen Adams
Maine-based comedy opens theater's 2011-12 season

BANGOR - Anyone who has lived in Maine knows what a unique place it can be. Playwright John Cariani, author of the hugely popular "Almost, Maine" and a native of Presque Isle, understands that as well as anybody. Cariani's latest, "Last Gas," is currently in production at the Penobscot Theatre.

"Last Gas" is the tale of Nat Paradis (Dave Droxler), proprietor of Paradis' Last Convenient Store up there in Aroostook County. Nat is a man who has fallen into his fate rather than chosen it, managing the store and living above it, along with his father Dwight (Arthur Morison). He also sometimes shares that space with his son Troy (Cameron Wright).

Nat's best friend is Guy (Ben Layman), a near-constant presence in the store. Nat's also forced to deal with the unwanted attentions of his son's resentfully passive-aggressive mother Cherry-Tracy (Jasmine Tracy).

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:14

And all that jazz

Written by Justice Barnes

'By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.'

-Duke Ellington

For much of my life, I believed that there are two significant genres of music; anything by the Allman Brothers Band and anything that had the word 'booty' in it. Well friends, I stand corrected. Little did I know my musical horizons would be broadened on a Tuesday night in Bangor, ME.

Thanks to Wells Gordon, his jazz quartet the G Majors, and their perfect venue Nocturnem Draft Haus, I've become a believer. A big ol' finger-snapping believer.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:03

'The Marvelous Wonderettes'

Written by Wire Reports

Penobscot Theatre revisits the '50s and '60s

BANGOR - Penobscot Theatre, Bangor's professional theatre company, continues its 38th season with one of the most popular musicals of the last 15 years, 'The Marvelous Wonderettes' by Roger Bean. Picking up where 'Forever Plaid' left off, 'The Marvelous Wonderettes' assembles a quartet of women performing the '50s and '60s hits that were popularized by women. This utterly charming revue is in performance from Oct. 26 - Nov. 13 at the historic Bangor Opera House.

''The Marvelous Wonderettes' has everything you could want in a musical, a great score, beautiful design elements, a hilarious yet meaningful story and an incredibly talented cast that deliver amazing vocals and crisp choreography,' said Interim Artistic Director Nathan Halvorson.

Thursday, 01 September 2011 13:50

Pulse radio introduces new dynamic duo

Written by Tim Bissell

BANGOR - There's nothing scary about Stephen King's latest work, but he is hoping his newest project will get people talking. The well-known horror writer and Zone Radio Corporation owner has hired former U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Pat LaMarche, and former newsman Don Cookson, to host The Pulse Morning Show on WZON 103.1 FM and WZON 620 AM weekdays, starting Sept. 12.

"I've missed in-depth coverage of Maine events and politics in the Bangor market. We're going to be provocative, informative and amusing, and we think everyone will enjoy the show except for certain politicians," explained King with a chuckle.

His new team plans not only to discuss local and national politics but also homelessness, welfare, healthcare, the job market and the rising costs of education; nothing is off limits.

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