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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 13:28

PTC’s ‘Gaslight’ lights up the stage

BANGOR – All is not as it seems on the stage of the Bangor Opera House.

Penobscot Theatre Company is presenting “Gaslight,” the 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton. This Victorian Era-set melodrama is directed by Bari Newport; the show runs through November 3. It’s a thrilling tale of deceit, a story where not even the evidence of one’s own eyes can be trusted.

This play – and the subsequent film adaptations – led to the inception of the term “gaslight,” defined by Merriam-Wesbter as follows: “To attempt to make (someone) believe that he or she is going insane (as by subjecting that person to a series of experiences that have no rational explanation.”

In this story, a woman whose grip on the reality of the world around her is steadily crumbling must confront the fact that there’s far more to her descent into madness than she could ever have imagined. She’s left with no idea who to trust and forced to come to terms with the notion that there are those close to her who may have sinister motives.

PTC is offering up some full-on back-of-the-hand-to-the-forehead melodrama, with all the shadowy sumptuousness and flamboyant flourishes that that entails. It is big and broad and overtly theatrical, easily overcoming a somewhat-dated script with rich production values and wonderfully toothsome performances.

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BANGOR – The music of an American icon is ringing forth from the stage of the Bangor Opera House.

Penobscot Theatre Company’s production of “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” – conceived and adapted by Peter Glazer from the songs and writings of Woody Guthrie – is directed by Chris “Red” Blissett and music directed by Jeremy Sevelovitz, both of whom also star. The show runs through Sept. 29.

It’s a celebration of the legendary life of Woody Guthrie, one that uses his vast catalog of songs and an assortment of other writings to tell a tale of early 20th century America. With six actors taking turns embodying Guthrie himself, sharing his stories of the common man and the hardscrabble lives being lived by the struggling population through times of war and depression. Heather Astbury-Libby, John Burstein, Gaylen Smith and Tova Volcheck join Blisset and Sevelovitz to bring this performance to life.

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BANGOR – Bangor’s professional theatre company is getting ready to kick off the 2019-2020 season.

Penobscot Theatre Company is launching into its 46th season in just a couple of weeks. The company has been a mainstay of the region’s cultural scene since its very beginnings back in 1973 – nearly half-a-century ago – growing right along with myriad other aspects of the city’s vibrant evolution.

For year 46, Artistic Director Bari Newport and her team have put together another interesting, engaging season – one aimed at connecting with all manner of audiences.

“We pride ourselves on doing a wide variety of work,” Newport said. “And next season is a perfect example. The wide demographic that we reach, both geographically and in terms of interest level. ‘I like comedies.’ ‘I like to bring my family.’ ‘I like new work.’ ‘I like musicals.’ ‘I like historical pieces.’ ‘I like dramas.’ We truly reach a wide variety of different types of people and I want our season to reflect that.”

It is a wide-ranging season, to be sure – from musicals and dramas to farces and one-woman shows, this program has got them all. If the mission is to try to come up with something for everyone, it seems clear that this is mission accomplished.

“We've been really focused on being distinctive,” said Newport. “And I think that we are. I think that our work is very much our own. I think it’s vibrant and optimistic and colorful – energetic. We try to really dig in to every aspect.” 

Let’s take a closer look at PTC’s 2019-2020.

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 19:19

Take a chance on PTC - ‘Mamma Mia!’

BANGOR – There’s a whole lot of fun in the sun happening at the Bangor Opera House these days, a wealth of dreams and dancing queens.

Penobscot Theatre Company’s latest production – the final one of their 46th season – is the musical “Mamma Mia!” It’s a jukebox musical built on the tremendous catalog of 1970s Swedish pop supergroup ABBA, with book by Catherine Johnson. This production – directed and choreographed by Amiee Turner, with music direction by Phil Burns – runs through July 14 at the Bangor Opera House.

It’s the story of a young woman on the verge of getting married who is hoping to get a better sense of who she herself is by learning more about her history – specifically, who her father is, something her free-spirited and hard-working mother never told her. It’s about how powerful love can be … and what it means to allow yourself to feel it, no matter how much time may have passed.

It’s a lovely (albeit a tough thin) story, but the real highlights are the singing and the dancing – and as far as those are concerned, PTC’s production is pure dynamite. It is one of the biggest, brightest shows to grace this stage in some time, shiny and sweet and downright spectacular.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 12:12

'Calendar Girls' grins and bares it

Comedy offers laughter, friendshipand a little skin

BANGOR A group of ladies are letting it all hang out on the stage of the Bangor Opera House.

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Three performances are scheduled, March 18-20, in downtown Bangor

BANGOR - Penobscot Theatre Company's Dramatic Academy proudly presents 'Harriet the Spy,' a lively dramatization of the modern classic by Louise Fitzhugh, March 18 and 19 at 4:30 p.m. and March 20 at 11:30 a.m. All performances will be at the Bangor Opera House. "This story has resonated for generations," said Director of Education Amy Roeder, "because it speaks honestly and very humorously to the growing pains everyone experiences in the 'tween years."

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BANGOR - Penobscot Theatre Company is proud to present the world premiere production of Travis G. Baker's newest comedy, 'Hair Frenzy,' directed by Dominick Varney. The story is an outgrowth of Baker's inaugural work, 'One Blue Tarp,' which the company premiered to rave reviews in 2012. Previews start Jan. 28, 2016, and the show will run through Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, at the historic Bangor Opera House.

'Hair Frenzy' takes audiences back to the fictional burg of Clara, Maine, where 'One Blue Tarp' memorably unfolded, to meet Tina, salon owner and stylist, along with the colorful characters who populate her world. Life is manageable if a bit mundane until Tina's old-friend-turned-Hollywood-superstar Toryn Bennoch returns to Clara with a hair crisis and a life-changing offer. Worlds collide and scissors fly as the diva whips everyone into a frenzy!

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:16

Scenes & Songs' takes the stage

BANGOR One of the area's performing arts highlights is soon to take place at the Bangor Opera House.

Penobscot Theatre Company is set to present its annual Scenes & Songs preview event on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets to the event are free; you can reserve up to four tickets either by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling the box office at 942-3333.

'Scenes & Songs is perhaps the most popular event of our season,' said Artistic Director Bari Newport. 'I am thrilled to announce that ghastly golf pants, ghosts and ghouls, dancing bears, charming princes, Tony winners, world premieres, and an enduring classic are all a part of PTC's 40th anniversary season. We look forward to sharing snippets from all of our upcoming productions."

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BANGOR - Hundreds of individuals have auditioned for various plays and musicals at The Penobscot Theatre, but none have had quite the look, confidence and strut of Zuzu. This Olde English Bulldogge from Brewer will be playing Sandy, the lovable sidekick of little orphan Annie in the musical of the same name. The production will run from Dec. 5-29 at the theater on Main Street.

"We didn't have our heart set for Zu to be Sandy; it was just something fun [to do]," said Brian Sturgeon, Zuzu's owner. "I was surprised how well she did [during auditions] being only 2 or 2 years old and having gone through obedience class."

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'Sells Out' to be performed at Bangor Opera House

BANGOR Penobscot Theatre Company's Northern Writes Festival has gotten a makeover this year. While it is still primarily focused on the workshopping and development of new theatrical works, the festival is spreading its wings a bit in this, its sixth year.

Part of that spread is the inclusion of other types of performance as part of the proceedings. You've got some spoken word poetry. You've got a CD launch party from local band When Particles Collide.

And, closing the festival, you've got the spirited degenerates of Her Majesty's Cabaret. HMC is bringing its newest show 'Sells Out' to the stage of the Bangor Opera House on Saturday, June 23 at 9 pm. Tickets are $10, although that admission also includes admission to any or all of the four Northern Writes readings taking place at the Opera House on Saturday.

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