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"Rhonda and Her Recycling Robo-Octopus," a snow sculpture made by a team representing Vermont, took the top prize at the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., last weekend. (Courtesy photograph)

A Fleeting Art Form

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In 1998, Adrian Tans was living in Burlington and joined with a group of friends for a snow sculpture contest in one of the city’s lakeside parks. It was a lark, but to their surprise, their sculpture of, as Tans described it, “a goddess riding a tortoise out toward Lake Champlain,” took second place. When the first-place team opted not to attend the national competition, the debutants headed west and learned from veteran teams of snow carvers from around the country. “The Alaskans, we just watched out of the corner of our eye,” Tans said. The Alaskan team sculpted a bird in a cage, a …

Theater Review: ‘Mad Love’ Exposes 20-Somethings Stumbling Toward Intimacy

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The sharpest comedy has a way of slicing into meaty issues, and Mad Love, by Hanover playwright Marisa Smith, deftly carves up love, sex, dating and commitment in the Internet age. Now in a world premiere production at Northern Stage’s Barrette Center for the Arts, Mad Love follows four young people negotiating their personal barriers to authentic intimacy — some self-made, some circumstantial. …

Hanover Playwright’s New Show Opens at Northern Stage

Thursday, January 28, 2016

White River Junction — Somewhere between portraying Emily in a Hanover High School production of Our Town in the 1970s and playing parts in John Sayles movies in the early and mid-1980s, Marisa Smith realized that she could live without acting out someone else’s words and vision on stage or screen. “I enjoyed it, but …

Theater Review: Shaker Bridge Produces a Clever Comic Romance

Saturday, January 23, 2016

In Laura Eason’s smart, funny, two-person play Sex with Strangers , currently at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, Ethan Strange, a loquacious, hyper-confident, mid-20s blogger who seems defined more by his media “platform” than actual talent , meets Olivia, an insecure, prickly and obscure but gifted writer on …

Shaker Bridge Performs Its Annual ‘Miracle’

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

When the notion of “holiday tradition” comes up, often it’s something old. Hanging a stocking or trimming a tree. But there are new ones, too, some of them short-lived. At least one of these is taking place in …

Theater Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ Has Magic to Spare

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Northern Stage production of the musical Mary Poppins , now playing at the Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction, is a good news, bad news proposition. The musical is based both on the series …

Theater Review: ‘Our Town’ Is Brilliantly Relevant

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thornton Wilder began his 1938 play Our Town with some of the most famous stage direction in the American theater: “No curtain. No scenery.” His minimalist ethos stripped away the drama to its essentials — a stage, actors, words, light and the audience. In Northern Stage’s production of …

Theater Review: At Shaker Bridge, a Play Meant to Lacerate Leaves Few Marks

Thursday, October 8, 2015

M ichael Weller’s play Side Effects , at the Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, is a two-person play with one sensational part: Lindy Metz, a brilliantly incisive woman, who happens to be bi p olar, is married to a man who, no matter where he goes and what …

Curtain Rises on Barrette Center

Sunday, October 4, 2015

White River Junction — Two weeks before Thornton Wilder’s classic drama Our Town was set to open the Northern Stage season at the brand-new Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction, the company’s managing director, Eric …

Art Opening

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Cornish artist Joe Saginor is exhibiting his oil paintings at the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum in Meriden. There will be an opening reception at the museum this afternoon from 3 to 6. Saginor will give an artist’s talk …

Opera North’s ‘West Side Story’ Has Relevance, Albeit Soft-Spoken

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

On your way to the Lebanon Opera House for West Side Story tonight, or for one of the four subsequent stagings, cross your fingers — before snapping them in time with the Jets and the Sharks — that …

New London Barn Playhouse Experiences a Rebirth

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New London — Over eight summer vacations with his family on Little Sunapee Lake between ages 3 and 10, Ian Shain saw three shows at the New London Barn Playhouse. “The most memorable was You’re A Good Man, …

Curtain Closes on an Era: Northern Stage Bows Out of Briggs Opera House

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fifteen minutes before curtain Sunday at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, the call came through a dim backstage corridor. “Last show,” a male voice said. “Last show.” It was an evening of “lasts.” The last …