September 19, 2013

Matters of race open Portland theater season

Portland Stage presents 'Ma Rainey' and Good Theater stages 'Clybourne Park,' both by Pulitzer Prize winners.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Tina Fabrique is Ma Rainey and Nyahale Allie is Dussie Mae in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

Darren Setlow photo courtesy of Portland Stage Company

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The cast includes Mad Horse company members Burke Brimmer, Janice Gardner, Chris Horton, Kat Moraros and Nate Speckman. Guest artists are Evan Dalzell, Kerry Ann Loomis, Shawn Reardon and Johnny Speckman. Marshall directs.

"The School for Lies" opens Sept. 26 and runs through Oct. 13 in the Mad Horse Theater at the Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St., South Portland. $15 to $20. 747-4148; madhorse.com

THE PUBLIC THEATRE in Lewiston launches its 23rd season with a play by a local hero, presenting John Cariani's "Love/Sick" beginning Oct. 18. Cariani grew up in northern Maine, and now makes his home in New York, and is best known for writing "Almost, Maine."

"Love/Sick," is his latest play, having received its premiere last season at Portland Stage. It's a series of short plays about the high and lows of love, and why it can be such a conundrum.

Oct. 18-27 at the Public Theatre, Lewiston. $20. 783-3200; thepublictheatre.org

THE AMERICAN IRISH REPERTORY ENSEMBLE celebrates its 10th season and opens with Frank McGuinness' "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" Oct. 3-20. The play is a drama about three strangers -- an American, an Irishman and an Englishman -- held hostage in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war in the 1980s. AIRE presents the show in the Studio Theater at Portland Stage Company. $15 to $20. airetheater.com

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Harvy Blanks (Cutler), Ray Anthony Thomas (Slow Drag) and Warner Miller (Levee) in a scene from the play.

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Tina Fabrique as Ma Rainey enjoys a light moment during the recording session that’s the setting for Portland Stage’s production of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

Darren Setlow photo courtesy of Portland Stage Company

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Mad Horse Theatre Company members Burke Brimmer and Janice Gardner star in “The School for Lies.”

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Noelle LuSane is among a cast of seven in Good Theater’s “Clybourne Park.”

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Lucas O’Neil, Good Theater’s “Clybourne Park.”

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Bari Robinson, Good Theater’s “Clybourne Park.”

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