• Steel Magnolias

    Steel Magnolias

    ELLSWORTH — Six local actresses will take the stage Friday when “Steel Magnolias” opens at The Grand. PJ Keenan, Michele Lazerow, Kim Mileski, Carol Mason, Lauren Billings and Jaimie Paige will star as six friends and “frenemies” sharing their lives as they breeze in and out of a small-town Louisiana hair salon. Written first as

  • Break a peg!

    Break a peg!

    WINTER HARBOR — The 19th century English collaborators Gilbert and Sullivan’s wildly popular comic opera “H.M.S. Pinafore” will set sail Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-17, on stage and on the waterfront as part of the 2019 Winter Harbor Music Festival. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Hammond Hall and at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 on

  • A very imperfect marriage

    A very imperfect marriage

    MOUNT DESERT — Ever since the ancient Greeks first donned the masks of tragedy and comedy, farce has been a staple of comedic theater. It has always involved ridiculous plots, mistaken identities and unbelievably clueless characters. In most modern farces, it also involves doors — the more doors the funnier the farce. Well, Acadia Repertory

  • Finding love in tragic tale

    Finding love in tragic tale

    BLUE HILL — One would like to think that the story of Anne Frank has no relevance today. That teenage girls and their families are no longer being persecuted and murdered by forces beyond their control and beyond human compassion. The sad fact is such horrors continue to happen throughout the world. But who wants

  • For the love of Bach

    For the love of Bach

    BLUE HILL — Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” will launch Blue Hill Bach’s Summer Baroque Music Festival, in its ninth season, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, in the barn at David’s Folly Farm in Brooksville. In the barn, transformed into the Baroque Café, Blue Hill Bach’s period instrument orchestra  and violin soloists Lisa

  • Light of summer

    Light of summer

    BLUE HILL — Summer residents will get a rare treat to hear the Bagaduce Chorale perform “Nocturnes: Reflections for a Summer Evening” at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 12-13, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. Customarily, the chorus only performs in December and May. The program will feature works by contemporary choral composers including

  • Pop on over!

    Pop on over!

    BLUE HILL — Kick off the 2019 summer season with Maine funnyman Tim Sample, who will introduce Baltimore’s premier jazz band, Tongue in Cheek, the 10-woman Ellacappella, the Big Moose Contra Dance Band, Orono pianist Evan Young and George Stevens Academy’s jazz combo “Jam Bake” at Bagaduce Music’s 2019 Blue Hill Pops Concert at 7

  • “Hay Fever” is sheer bliss

    “Hay Fever” is sheer bliss

    BROOKSVILLE — The outer limit of my theatrical travels has just expanded by 25 miles or so. Saturday night I passed through Blue Hill and my usual stop at the Town Hall Theater. I continued west along Route 176, which consisted largely of narrow, bumpy country roads, passing through the towns of Penobscot and Sedgwick

  • Sound travels

    Sound travels

    STEUBEN — Chemistry between people is unpredictable and unmistakable. For the band Shirt Tail Kin, a recording they put together last year — a first for each of them — took that subtle recognition of a commonality among them into a bonding experience. Curtis Russet, who works part time as a family nurse practitioner at

  • Literary love affair

    Literary love affair

    BLUE HILL — The success of a play such as “Dear Elizabeth,” which opened at the Town Hall Theater last weekend, rests almost entirely on the shoulders of the two actors who play Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Based entirely on the 30-year written correspondence of these two poets, there is very little physical action,

  • Who killed Mr. Boddy?

    Who killed Mr. Boddy?

    ELLSWORTH — “The premise of the game is simple,” says Mr. Boddy. A mansion, an elegant party and a dead host. Everybody has a motive and anybody could be guilty. That’s where it gets complicated. “Every single show is different,” said Leslie Michaud, who is directing The Grand’s production of “CLUE: The Musical,” premiering June

  • Cherryfield Days celebration starts Friday

    Cherryfield Days celebration starts Friday

    CHERRYFIELD — The town’s annual festival, Cherryfield Days, is set for June 21-23. The theme this year is Christmas Downeast. Friday’s events, beginning at 5 p.m., include a kiddie parade along Main Street and a concert by the Cherryfield Band. Saturday’s events run all day, starting at 7:30 a.m. with registration for the David and