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  • Published
    October 4, 2010

    Gasps galore in Maskers’ ‘Deathtrap’

    Fans of murder-mystery have a feast in store with the Maskers’ new production of “Deathtrap,” set to run for a second weekend. Greed, deceit and treachery lead to delectable murders by tantalizing means in the cooking up of a surefire mystery for the stage. The 1978 play-within-a-play by Ira Levin — known as well for “Rosemary’s Baby” — holds the record for Broadway’s longest-running comedy-thriller. Even those …

  • Published
    August 3, 2010

    Mystery envelopes ‘White Cottage’ at The Playhouse

    I can’t resist: The family that plays together stays together. How often does that chance come along? Right now we have a prime example with “White Cottage,” the latest offering of The Playhouse. Written and directed by Julia Clapp, the Edwardian murder-mystery features among its players Clapp herself and father Lincoln and younger sister Liddy. The Clapps have paired up in previous productions — even playing …

  • Published
    July 26, 2010

    Maskers’ ‘Cinderella’ is storybook summer evening

    On hearing that the Belfast Maskers are staging the musical “Cinderella” outdoors, some people immediately wonder how they’re going to pull off the pumpkin coach. This company doesn’t have big bucks to spend on special effects, and that is one big special effect. Can they do it? It turns out they can. They coyly draw us into the classic tale, fasten our car seats and jiggle our imaginations to bring it to life. …

  • Published
    July 6, 2010

    Maskers open Festival Stage with hearty ‘Picnic’

    The Belfast Maskers have inaugurated their Festival Stage with a solid rendition of William Inge’s classic “Picnic.” If nice weather holds for the second Thursday through Sunday weekend of its run, Midcoast theatergoers have a rare and welcome opportunity to see a first-rate production of an engaging drama in a congenial outdoor setting. This community theater is about as good as it gets. The Festival Stage in …

  • Published
    June 1, 2010

    ‘Never Too Late’ revived at Marsh River Theater

    After a hiatus of several seasons, the Community Players have bounced back with a reprise of their popular 2006 offering “Never Too Late.” The original cast and crew are largely intact for this spirited comedy, and able newcomers have stepped in where needed. Running for another weekend at the Marsh River Theater, the play tells of a middle-aged couple who are suddenly expecting. Expecting? A baby?!? You get …

  • Published
    May 4, 2010

    ‘Harvey’: the original warm and fuzzy

    Gosh, everybody loves “Harvey” — the play, if not the rabbit. And from personal experience, too. Mention “Harvey” in a roomful of older people and chances are a good number of them have taken roles in a college or community theater production, and at least one man will have played Harvey’s devoted friend Elwood P. Dowd, the role originated on stage by Frank Fay and portrayed by James Stewart in the 1950 movie. H…

  • Published
    March 16, 2010

    The Playhouse serves up ‘Wild Mushrooms’

    If plays were food, Mary Weaver’s new offering at The Playhouse — “Wild Mushrooms” — would be an extra-large pizza with a spicy sauce, olives, anchovies, mushrooms and lots of prosciutto. That’s Italian ham. With a side of cheesecake. Anne Pié’s play from 2008 tells of the Italian-American Scrivente family of the Bronx. The mother has passed away, but Benny, the no-nonsense father, does his best to steer the …

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