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Arts / Theater / Dance

Theater Review: At Northern Stage, Songs That Trace Life’s Journey

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It isn’t more than a few minutes into Northern Stage’s production of Songs for a New World that the White River Junction theater company’s own new world emerges as a theme. “A new world calls across the ocean,” one of the singers intones, and this refrain is a reminder that Northern Stage is taking its own leap, albeit just across Gates Street, to a $9 million theater under construction and …

Theater Review: Sharp Writing and Acting in Shaker Bridge Production of ‘How the World Began’

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A t first read, the premise of the engrossing play How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann, which runs through April 12 at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, sounds too neat, too pat. Susan Pierce, a teacher from New York, starts a job teaching biology in a Kansas town that was recently devastated by a tornado. Because the biology curriculum includes the theory …

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 …

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 …

Shaker Bridge Opens Season With a Sharp Take on Feminism

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello fellow Upper Valley 40-somethings. Have I got a date night suggestion for you. Rapture, Blister, Burn, Gina Gionfriddo’s 2012 play, now in production at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, is all about the painful reassessment of life at the dawn of middle age, in this case, 42. …

Northern Stage Kicks Off Season With a Sparkling Sondheim

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stephen Sondheim, who knows a thing or two about writing, opens his musical Into the Woods with two of the most potent words in any language: “I wish.” I wish I had a child, I wish my cow …

One-Man Show Distills an Epic

Thursday, September 11, 2014

When actor Denis O’Hare and director Lisa Peterson began the daunting work of adapting The Iliad into a one-man stage play, they kept returning to a section in Book II in which Homer unrolls a thundering litany of …

Video: Hall in the Family; East Thetford Barn Restored to Former Glory as Huntington’s Pavilion

Sunday, September 7, 2014

East Thetford — Stepping out on a recent Saturday evening, m ore than 100 people headed to Huntington’s Pavilion. As they crossed the threshold of the once-thriving dance hall, many were also stepping back in time. Freeman and …

Fields of Work

Thursday, August 28, 2014

For Tickets and Information

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Opera North’s production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady opens Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and continues on Aug. 8, 13, 16 and 19. Verdi’s La Traviata opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., and continues on Aug. 9, 15 and 20. Kurt Weill’s Street Scene opens on Tuesday, Aug. …

Opportunities to See Shakespeare This Summer

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

∎ The Chelsea Funnery performs The Tempest on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m., outdoors behind Tunbridge Central School on Route 110 in Tunbridge. The rain location is the Chelsea Town Hall. ∎ The Youth Shakespeare Project performs As You Like It on July 31 …

The Lighter Side of Gay Pride: Randolph Play Festival Takes a Turn Toward Comedy 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Randolph — The importance of being earnest about the lives and tribulations of gays and lesbians will give way to an imperative to laugh, for two of the next 10 nights of the Vermont Pride Theater Summer Festival …