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Maine State Music Theatre and The Public Theatre Present “Grease the Musical”

Posted on 06/10/2019 7:52pm by Jennifer Madigan

GREASE steps back in time to Rydell High's senior class of 1959. The duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers evoke the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. 

“When the possibility of having our two professional theatres collaborate on a musical was presented, we jumped at the idea,” said Christopher Schario, TPT’s Executive/Artistic Director. “We think that combining the strengths of our organizations will create a production that will surprise and delight both our audiences.”

This collaboration will be the first time The Public Theatre has presented a musical for their audience, and gives Maine State Music Theatre audiences the opportunity to come to Lewiston/Auburn and experience the exciting theatre happening at The Public Theatre.

The cast and costumes will come from MSMT and the production will be directed by Schario and performed on TPT’s stage in Lewiston, making the show a true artistic collaboration.   Read more >>


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Fireflies light up the stage at The Public Theatre

Posted on 04/22/2019 1:18pm by Jennifer Madigan

From the author of the play Enchanted April, comes a humorous and heartwarming love story for feisty women featuring a cast of Broadway veterans, directed by two-time Tony Award winner, Judith Ivey.

Retired schoolteacher Eleanor Bannister is a strong, stubborn single women of a certain age, living alone in a small Texas town. Up to now, her social life has consisted of visits from her nosy next-door neighbor Grace.  But when love (in the form of a charming drifter) comes knocking at her door, can the sparks of a late-life romance be trusted, or is there no fool like an old one?

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REVIEW: Public Theatre Takes on Ibsen Sequel -

Posted on 03/18/2019 5:29pm by Jennifer Madigan

"a thought-provoking production that deserves audience attention"

The popularity of Lucas Hnath’s 's Doll's House Part 2 was underscored by its second production in southern Maine - one which followed on the heels of the first at Portland's Good Theater. That Lewiston's Public Theatre offers a take on the work that is significantly different from the Portland production demonstrates the complexity and depth of possibilities in the piece. Read review >>

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A Doll’s House, Part 2 at The Public Theatre

Posted on 02/25/2019 1:00am by Jennifer Madigan

Universally acclaimed as the Best Play of the 2017 Broadway season, A Doll’s House, Part 2, is a contemporary sort-of-sequel to Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, crackling with razor-sharp humor and intelligence relevant to today’s audience.

Smart, suspenseful, moving, and funny, A Doll’s House, PART 2 begins with a knock on the front door.  Fifteen years earlier, unhappy with her husband’s failure to regard her as a complex person, Nora famously slammed this door behind her, leaving her family to pursue her own happiness.  Now, she returns for reasons unknown.  But is everyone happy to see her?

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Join The Public Theatre Book Club!

Posted on 02/04/2019 9:00am by Jennifer Madigan

The Public Theatre is announcing an exciting new program to give you an insider’s experience of the theatre.

Membership is limited to 30 participants.

This season, in The Public Theatre Book Club, you’ll be reading two scripts:

Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (preferred adaptation by Frank McGuinness) and Lucas Hnath’s critically acclaimed Broadway hit, A Doll’s House, Part 2.

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Out & About: ‘Human Error’ just perfect - Review

Posted on 01/29/2019 5:03am by Jennifer Madigan

This new play starts out on the wacky side, then turns to one of America’s most serious issues: the yawning cultural chasm that separates millions of us.

Pfeffinger’s play oscillates between the comic and serious sides, and I think he strikes a perfect balance.

Pfeffinger’s writing is witty throughout and the five professional actors give excellent performances under Schario’s deft direction.

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HUMAN ERROR at The Public Theatre!

Posted on 01/14/2019 6:53pm by Jennifer Madigan

Get ready for nine months of laughter!

A blundering fertility doctor mistakenly implants the embryo of a latte-sipping liberal couple into the womb of a NRA-cardholding conservative family in the East Coast premiere of the timely and provocative new comedy, Human Error, playing Jan 25 – Feb 3.

Imagine two families who, under normal circumstances, would never choose to be in the same room with each other, now having to spend nine months together attempting to become friends for the good of the child.

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What do a Whoopie Pie and Marriage have in common?

Posted on 10/29/2018 2:44am by Jennifer Madigan

The Public Theatre is pleased to present the return of Susan Poulin in her latest and funniest new show, Makin’ Whoopie – Ida LeClair’s Guide to Love & Marriage! playing Nov 9. 10 and 11th.

Is your “happily ever after” in need of a little fine tuning? It’s Ida to the rescue! The funniest woman in Maine returns with a show plumb-chucka-full of hilarious stories and down home advice on how to keep your marriage sweet, simple and easy. Well, she is a Certified Maine Life Guide, after all.

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