Arts / Theater / Dance

The Reverend Eli Jenkins, played by Jim Schley, writes in his journal as as portrait of his late mother, played by Hazel Wood, scowls during The Parish Players' rehearsal of Under Milk Wood at the Grange in Thetford, Vt., on  Nov. 24, 2014. 
(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

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 seven performances of the drama at the Eclipse Grange on Thetford Hill. Thetford Academy graduate Sophie Wood will direct the production, in which 10 actors will portray 40 distinct characters, inhabitants of a small hillside village, whose voices Thomas conjured onto the page mostly during World War II. “Showing the wonderful combinations and collisions of neighbors in a little town over the course of one day, morning …

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 if it hitched a ride on the thermal updrafts from the nearby Green Mountains that …

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 both actors are playing the Givings, a 19th-century couple encased in layers of clothing, and …

Early Opening for Sculpturefest

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The annual Sculpturefest exhibition at the Woodstock home of Charlet and Peter Davenport has grown substantially over the past few years, adding venues at the nearby King Farm and at the Woodstock History Center in Woodstock village. This …

Three New Board Members Join Center City Ballet

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Lebanon — Three new board members recently joined City Center Ballet, a nonprofit ballet company in Lebanon. The ballet company also received a related financial boost. Elizabeth Lurie, the ballet’s costume designer, has designed many of the company’s …

‘Joe Egg’: When Cracks Appear, the Truth Runs Right Out

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sheila and Brian, a young married couple in Bristol, England, have evolved an elaborate strategy for dealing with their severely incapacitated daughter Joe, who cannot speak or walk and is confined to a wheelchair. They joke, they clown and do the old soft shoe in a heroic effort …

Art Notes: White Churches, Closely Observed

Thursday, May 1, 2014

If there’s a quintessential detail of the New England landscape, it’s probably the white clapboard church. The brick mills, general stores, red barns and various and sundry farmhouses are just as definitive, but white churches, the little ones …

At Another Level: Young Dancer Has Moved On From Lebanon to New York City

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Watching Theo Pilette leap, twirl and kick in midair, land with a whisper and kneel while arching backward at the Lebanon Ballet School the other day, director Linda Copp couldn’t help imagining her former student dancing in City …

‘The Spitfire Grill’ Serves Up a Helping of Sweet Redemption

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Spitfire Grill opened off Broadway just after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and in that atmosphere its wholesomeness struck a chord with city-dwellers who had been traumatized out of their customary jaded sophistication. Now in production at Northern Stage, …

‘The Power of Voice’ Confronts Abuse

Saturday, April 5, 2014

If silence and shame are the weapons of someone committing acts of domestic and sexual violence, then the chorus of voices telling their stories at the Lebanon Opera House Thursday evening in “Unedited Voices of the Upper Valley” …

Entertainment Highlights: Parish Players Stress Diversity in Women’s Stories

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Until she started navigating through the Louise Erdrich short story that she’ll perform in the Parish Players’ upcoming production, “Women’s Briefs,” Victoria Wrong Traudt always considered herself “more of a nonfiction reader.” Then she found herself inhabiting the …

‘Unedited Voices of the Upper Valley’ Adresses Sexual and Domestic Violence

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Finding ways to stem the tide of domestic and sexual violence is the mission of the Lebanon non profit organization WISE. But one of the obstacles faced by people who work on these issues is that numerous misconceptions still exist about where and how often domestic and sexual …

‘The Other Place’: Coming Unmoored in a Storm-Tossed Life

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sharr White’s play The Other Place , which runs at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield through April 13, is an ingeniously framed mystery, but not in a whodunit, dead-body-in-a-locked-room way. The mystery lies in that most elusive of entities, the human mind. How do we remember, and how …