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ORONO – A modern take on a classic myth is currently washing over an Orono stage.

True North Theatre is presenting Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” at the Cyrus Memorial Pavilion Theater on the University of Maine campus. Directed by Tricia Hobbs, this reimagining of the Greek myth of Orpheus is running through June 30.

This play demonstrates once again the artistic flexibility and creative range of True North. While the company itself is still young, the people involved bring a significant depth of experience to all facets of the theatremaking process. Whether they’re tackling American classics like “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” or broad British farces like “Table Manners,” True North almost always hits its mark.

That trend continues with “Eurydice,” a play that is demanding both performatively and technically. It’s a piece with a tremendous amount to say about love and loss and the sacrifice that leads to the latter is often made in full service to the former. It is also darkly funny and unabashedly weird. A challenging work for sure, but as usual, True North proves fully capable of rising to meet it.

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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, 26 April 2017 12:33

Coming of age – ‘Spring Awakening’

Some Theatre Company presents challenging musical

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Everyman Repertory Theatre presents Lanford Wilson classic

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Penobscot Theatre Company’s latest production a fun-filled musical romp

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:05

They do not move – ‘Waiting for Godot’

Orono group produces Samuel Beckett’s classic play

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 12:23

Songs of soaring sadness - 'Next to Normal'

Some Theatre Company presents thoughtful, touching musical

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 12:14

Here there be tigers

Ten Bucks Theatre roars with 'Tigers Be Still'

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:58

Dynamic duo - 'Murder for Two'

Two-person thriller features music, mystery and utter mayhem

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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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