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BANGOR – Local theatergoers are being asked to pitch in and solve a hilarious whodunit.

Penobscot Theatre Company’s latest production is “Shear Madness,” adapted by Marilyn Abrams and Bruce Jordan from Paul Portner’s “Scherenschnitt.” It’s a freewheeling comic mystery – one that makes great demands of both its cast and its audience – and it’s running at the Bangor Opera House through July 8.

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BANGOR – A former Penobscot Theatre Company stalwart has returned to Bangor to bring a long-beloved theatrical experience to life on the Bangor Opera House stage.

Former PTC artistic director Scott R.C. Levy has made his way back to the Queen City to direct a production of “Shear Madness,” adapted from a 1963 German murder mystery by Paul Portner by Marilyn Abrams and Bruce Jordan. The madcap and improvisational comedy is one of the longest running nonmusical plays in the world, having been running nonstop in Boston since January of 1980. The PTC production is scheduled to run from June 14 through July 8.

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BANGOR – Penobscot Theatre Company has cooked up another crowd pleaser.

PTC’s “The Spitfire Grill” – with music and book by James Valcq and lyrics and book by Fred Alley – is currently running at the Bangor Opera House. Based on the 1996 Lee David Zlotoff film of the same name, the production – directed by Dominick Varney with musical direction by William Shuler – runs through May 13.

It’s the story of a young woman adrift in life who seeks a place to call home. Having almost randomly selected a small town in Wisconsin as her destination, she arrives to discover a slowly dying place populated largely by closed minds. But as time passes, she finds friendships unlike any she’s ever had before – friendships that may ultimately be threatened by looming shadows of the past.

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BANGOR - Penobscot Theatre Company's board of directors is pleased to announce the hiring of a new executive director, John Hedges of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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BANGOR – The title intrigues you first: from an aphorism attributed to Einstein, concluding “beauty dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own.” It is a familiar sentiment skewed sideways; a refraction, a sliver of broken mirror. A pretty rhyme for a vaguely malignant reminder, and your first indication that you are intended to witness cruelty entwined with kindness, pain with beauty.

“Ugly Lies the Bone” is still making a name for playwright Lindsey Ferrentino: appearing Off-Broadway, garnering a New York Times Critics’ Pick and eventually playing at the National Theatre of London. Its Maine premiere at Penobscot Theatre Company further emphasizes that this specific story of a single family in Titusville, Florida is universally relevant.

But “specific” should not be confused with “small.” How can one play encompass so many variations on what it means to heal? Its scope and complexity make significant demands of its artistic team and audience alike.

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BANGOR – Something remarkable is taking shape at the Bangor Opera House.

Penobscot Theatre Company is mounting its latest production – “Ugly Lies the Bone,” written by Lindsey Ferrentino and directed by PTC Artistic Director Bari Newport – starting this weekend and running through April 1. It is a show that promises to be unlike anything PTC has ever done – and unlike anything many area theatergoers have ever seen.

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 14:25

Holy Wha! ‘Escanaba In Da Moonlight’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BANGOR – Many theatre patrons probably don’t associate Jeff Daniels with the stage. You might think of his Emmy-winning turn in HBO’s “The Newsroom,” one of his various Golden Globe-nominated roles or appearances in notable films - yes, even “Dumb and Dumber.”

But he’s also recently received a Tony nomination for Broadway’s “Blackbird,” and in his home state of Michigan, he’s known as the founder of the Purple Rose Theatre Company, where he wrote and produced “Escanaba in da Moonlight.” 

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 13:09

'Beauty and the Beast' more than skin deep

BANGOR – Penobscot Theatre Company is inviting audiences to be their guests this holiday season as they bring to life a beloved musical version of a classic tale.

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:57

When your old buddy is Buddy

A face familiar to some local patrons of the arts – the ones with long memories – is currently the centerpiece of a beloved holiday musical extravaganza.

Erik Gratton plays Buddy the Elf, the title character in the national touring production of “Elf: The Musical,” based on the 2003 Will Ferrell movie of the same name. The show is currently in Boston at the Wang Theatre in the Boch Center, running through December 10. After that, “Elf” lands in New York City, where it will play The Theater at Madison Square Garden December 13-29.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:46

Dark side of the muse - ‘Misery’

PTC’s latest offering an intense, visceral whirlwind

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