Maine's Portland Stage Company will offer a varied season of comedy and dramatic revivals, running from classic Noel Coward to intimate drama. Highlights include productions of the recent Off-Broadway hit Collected Stories and a revival of Waiting for Godot starring Avner the Eccentric.
The 1999-2000 season features:
€ A Coward birth year centennial celebration production of Blithe Spirit opens the season with a run Sept. 28-Oct. 24.
€ Russell Lees' Nixon's Nixon, a two-handed look at what happened the night before President Richard Nixon's resignation when he summoned Henry Kissinger to the White House, runs Nov. 2-12.
€ A Christmas Carol, the Portland's Stage Company's adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens Christmas tale, runs Nov. 30 Dec. 24.
€ Collected Stories, Donald Margulies' story of a young student who steals writings from her celebrated teacher, the writer Ruth Steiner, runs Jan. 11-30, 2000.
€ Avner the Eccentric (aka clown and juggler Avner Eisenberg) will star in Samuel Beckett's existential classic Waiting for Godot Feb. 15-March 5.
€ The Giles Havergal adaptation of Graham Greene's comic Travels With My Aunt runs March 14-April 2, 2000.
€ Finishing off the season will be Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky, the story of a group of friends who found themselves in the Harlem Renaissance but may lose everything in the Great Depression (April 11-May 7, 2000).
Subscriptions ($154-$95) are available by calling at (207) 774-0465. The Portland Stage Company is located at 25A Forest Avenue.
-- By Christine Ehren