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Jamie Horton, as George Orwell, listens to his book tour chaperone, Carlotta, played by Allison Jean White, question him regarding his thoughts on socialism during a rehearsal for Northern Stage's production of "Orwell in America" in White River Junction, Vt., on March 6, 2015. The play has its world premiere this weekend. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

A Writer Out of Place

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Orwell in America , a play by Joe Sutton that has its world premiere Saturday evening at Northern Stage in White River Junction, asks the audience to imagine what might have happened if one of the greatest writers and public intellectuals of the 20th century had crossed the pond to do a book tour. The fact that Orwell, who died …

Northern Stage’s ‘Blithe Spirit’ Feels Weary

Friday, February 20, 2015

Settling into a Briggs Opera House seat for a performance of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit yields an immediate reward. The set, a reproduction of a 1940s upper crust drawing room in an English country house, is like a little jewel box, replete with gold light fixtures and a bar cart laden with martini glasses. A viewer couldn’t help but think, This will be …

Dartmouth Production Reframes ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Around Issues

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Say R omeo and Juliet and it’s likely that some stock images will pop into your head: Boy meets girl, a balcony, a vial of poison and a few dazzling sword fights. But do those scenes, memorable as they are, tell the whole story of Shakespeare’s play? Peter Hackett, a professor of theater …

With ‘Venus in Fur,’ Shaker Bridge Plumbs Desire and Power

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Venus in Fur , the tantalizing, entertaining play-within-a-play by David Ives now at Shaker Bridge Theater in Enfield, is one sure way to shake off the winter blues. To say it’s a play about sex, power and domination makes it sound more heavy-going than it is. It begins …

ArtisTree Presents a Lively Production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Woodstock — In less capable hands — and feet, and voices — a production of Fiddler on the Roof could s truggle to achieve liftoff, or, at worst, stumble across the stage. The 1964 musical has so many moving parts — as many as 27 people dancing and/or …

Days of Change and Growth

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Of all the odd places to sit down for an interview, the McDonald’s on Route 12A might be the oddest. But in the case of Jonathan Sa’adah, the location made sense. Sa’adah, a Woodstock native who now lives …

‘Don’t Talk to The Actors’ at Shaker Bridge Brings Laughs

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Just before rehearsals are about to begin on fledgling playwright Jerry Przpezniak’s first Broadway production, Director Mike Policzek advises the young playwright not to talk to the actors. As it turns out, bad and hilarious things happen when Jerry ignores the advice in the Shaker Bridge Theatre’s very …

Theater Review: Sharp Portrayal of Scrooge Is at the Heart of a Winning ‘Christmas Carol’

Saturday, December 6, 2014

G ordon Clapp, the Ebenezer Scrooge in Northern Stage’s winning production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol , which is directed by Peter Hackett and runs at the Briggs Opera House through Dec. 28, is so closed off to human society that he speaks with almost no affect. …

Parish Players Perform ‘Under Milk Wood’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A century after the birth of Dylan Thomas, and 60 years after BBC radio first broadcast his Under Milk Wood, the Parish Players will bring the Welsh poet’s words back to life over the next two weekends with …

The Souls Of Birds

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Floyd Scholz, one of the world’s leading bird carvers, lives atop a mountain in Hancock, Vt. The view from his house looks south down the narrow White River Valley. It’s the kind of panorama a hawk would have …

An Examination Of 19th-Century Sex and Intimacy

Thursday, November 6, 2014

On stage at the Moore Theater at the Hopkins Center, Emma Orme and Max Samuels are engaged in the delicate, complicated act of undressing each other. It’s a tender, deliberate disrobing made more laborious by the fact that …

Theater Review: At Northern Stage, ‘Clybourne Park’ Tests Our Racial Sensitivities

Monday, November 3, 2014

Like other neighborhoods ringing urban centers, Clybourne Park in Chicago has undergone waves of change since the 1950s. It’s a white enclave near downtown that experiences the first tentative steps toward integration when an African-American family moves into …

Theater Review: Production of ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ Shows Admirable Restraint

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Early on opening night of the Parish Players’ production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Kay Morton dashed any concerns about just how long the next three hours — not to mention the next three weekends — with …