Jon Lovett. Photo courtesy of State Theater

lovett or leave it
8 p.m. Thursday. State Theater, 609 Congress St., Portland, reserved seating $40-$65.
Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett brings together a panel of comedians, actors, journalists and celebrity friends to dissect the week’s news on his Lovett Or Leave It podcast. He’s taping the sessions in front of a live audience, and you can be a part of it at the State Theater on Thursday. Expect lots of laughs and astute observations from its guests: writer, actor and comedian John Hodgman and theoretical physicist Chandra Prescod-Weinstein.

Keela, Hayli Hu Kinney, Marie Stewart Harmon in “Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties” at Mad Horse. Photo by Jennifer Battis

‘Collective Rage: One Piece in 5 Betties’
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. Until May 29. Mad Horse Theater Company, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, pay what you can, reservations suggested.
Mad Horse Theater Company presents a show about the often comedic search for love, understanding, connection with others, and ultimately self-actualization. Written by Jen Silverman, “Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties” tells the story of five characters of the same name whose lives collide with anger, sex, and drama. With mature themes and adult language and content, the show is unlikely to be suitable for viewers under the age of 18.

Peter Salsbury as Norman Thayer, Rebecca Cole as Ethel Thayer in the City Theatre’s production of ‘On Golden Pond’. Photo by Rich Obrey

“On the Golden Pond”
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Until May 29. City Theatre, 205 Main Street, Biddeford, $25.
The City Theater in Biddeford is delighted to present the inspiring play about life’s challenges and the true meaning of love and family. Ernest Thompson wrote “On Golden Pond,” which won a Tony in 1979, and two years later the film version won the Best Picture Oscar. It tells the love story of Ethel (Rebecca Cole) and Norman Thayer (Peter Salsbury) who have returned to their summer home in Maine for the 48th year in a row. Full of laughter, tears and everything in between, “On Golden Pond” is something special.

Scene from “Bear-Like” featured as part of the Banff Center Mountain Film Festival Tour. Still courtesy of Chestnut Mountain Productions

Banff Central Mountain Film Festival Tour
7 p.m. Tuesday and WednesdayMay 24 and 25. State Theater, 609 Congress St., Portland, $21 in advance, $24 day of show.
After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the prestigious Banff Center Mountain Film Festival is back on tour and heading to Portland for two nights of movies with different offerings each night. Festival organizers selected 442 entries and chose 14 of the most inspiring and thought-provoking submissions that embody elements of action, environment and adventure. Your senses will be treated with stops at 550 locations in 40 countries representing all seven continents. With breathtaking cinematography, you’ll see a wide range of mountain experiences, including close contact with grizzly bears in Alaska in the Swiss film “Bear-Like”.

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