January 20, 2013

Theater lineup ranges from somber to silly, from tried-and-true to new

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Jake Cote and Evan Dalzell star in Mad Horse Theatre Company’s production of “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.”

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The cast of the Theater Project Professional Ensemble’s “Winter Cabaret,” which centers on a 1990s boy band getting together again for a reunion show.

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Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, with no matinee performance on March 31. Tickets cost $15 to $20; 799-5327 or airetheater.com.

University of Southern Maine brings a duo of Edward Albee one-act plays to the Studio Theater at Portland Stage Feb. 1-10. William Steele will direct Albee's "The Zoo Story" and "The American Dream." These one-acts offer a singular vision of a world spinning off its axis, the director said.

" 'The Zoo Story' and 'The American Dream' are powerful short plays (that) examine American culture through Albee's distinctive critical lens," he said in a press release. "Both comic and deadly serious, these plays still resonate today and provide actors with unique challenges and audiences with fun, thought-provoking entertainment."

The cast for "The Zoo Story" features Nathan Lapointe and Dalton Kimball. The cast for "The American Dream" includes Kirk Boettcher, Kimberley Stacy, Madelyn James, S. Anna Irving and Dalton Kimball.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays and Feb. 6. Tickets cost $15 adult, $11 for seniors, USM faculty, staff and alumni and $8 for students; 780-5151 or usm.maine.edu/theatre.

Snowlion Repertory Company will present Vincent Sessa's "A Child's Guide to Innocence" at the Ludcke Auditorium on the University of New England's Portland Campus, 719 Stevens Ave. It opens March 15 and runs weekends through March 24; 518-9305 or snowlionrep.org.

Midcoast Maine's Heatwood Regional Theater Company continues its one-act play "Ghost-Writer" by Michael Hollinger through Jan. 27. Director Griff Braley describes "Ghost-Writer" as an old-fashioned drama. It won the 2011 Barrymore Award, which recognizes excellence in the Philadelphia theater scene. It stars Millie Santiago of West Boothbay, Dixie Weisman of Newcastle and Dwight Burtis of Thomaston.

It's on stage at Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle through Jan. 27, with performances at 3 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Jan. 27. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $12 for students; 563-1373 or heartwoodtheater.org.

In Brunswick, the Theater Project Professional Ensemble presents its "Winter Cabaret" Friday through Feb. 10. The cabaret is sketch comedy, with funny, frantic, slightly bawdy material. Think of a 1990s boy band, all grown up and aiming for a reunion concert. "Imagine what our male ensemble looks like dressed like Justin Timberlake," executive director Wendy Poole said in a press release. "Now add choreography. It's pretty great. We've also been working on some multi-media material to add to this production that's turning out to be so much fun."

Performance times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. All tickets are pay what you want, with a suggested price of $18; 729-8584 or theaterproject.com. The Theater Project is at 14 School St., Brunswick.

In Bangor, Penobscot Theatre stages the Maine premiere of "The Sugar Bean Sisters" by Nathan Sanders. A Southern comedy, this play is about romance, murder and alien abduction. It features three sisters who live by a Florida swamp determined to escape their spinsterhood by hopping the next spaceship out of town. It opens Jan. 30 and runs through Feb. 17, with performances at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at the Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St. Tickets range from $22 to $36; 942-3333 or penobscottheatre.org.

In South Portland, the Portland Players community theater, 420 Cottage Road, stages Joseph Kesselring's "Arsenic and Old Lace," directed by Paul Bell, Friday through Feb. 10. The dark comedy is one of the most popular plays on the community-theater circuit. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays; 799-7337 or portlandplayers.org.

And finally, also in South Portland, Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., opens "Once Upon a Mattress: The True Story of the Princess and the Pea" on Feb. 15. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through March 2; 799-1421 or lyricmusictheater.org

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Looking for a clue in The Public Theatre’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles” are J.T. O’Connor as Watson, Michael Frederic as Holmes and Dan Matisa as Sir Henry Baskerville.

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Dixie Weisman as the jealous wife of author Franklin Woolsey, played by Dwight Burris, in Heartwood Regional Theater Company’s one-act “Ghost-Writer.”

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