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Arts / Theater / Dance

‘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 Spitfire Grill plays rather differently to an audience that, like the musical’s heroine, Perchance “Percy” Talbott, has made a home in …

‘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” helped to dispel the burden of secrecy that many survivors carry for years. Sponsored by …

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 world view of the part-Ojibwe, part French-Canadian woman in whom the Dartmouth-educated Erdrich infused a …

Entertainment Highlights: The Return of Vaudeville in Vermont

Thursday, February 13, 2014

It didn’t take long for the residents of Hardwick, Vt., to get behind Vermont Vaudeville. One of the company’s founders, Brent McCoy, said that could be because the troupe’s four founding members made sure to bring professional entertainers …

The Long and Short of It: Parish Players Tell Tales in 10 Minutes

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Credit the Internet. In eight years of staging its Ten Minute Play Festival, the Parish Players have received submissions from writers from all over the world, including Singapore and Australia. For this year’s slate, said director Dorothy Gannon, the readers sifted through 90 submissions to arrive at the …

‘Fox on the Fairway’ Gamely Aims for A Laugh a Minute

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Fox on the Fairway , written by playwright Ken Ludwig, recalls the wacky, many-jokes-per-minute nuttiness of classic British farce. There are a handful of doors on stage, and the play wastes no time having an actor leave through one while a different actor, searching for the first, …

‘Freud’s Last Session’ Takes on Big Questions

Saturday, February 8, 2014

It has been hard to so much as glance at the Internet this week without running into news of a debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, a scientist supporting evolution and an ardent creationist, respectively. Most people seem to feel that Ham, who interprets the book of …

Aya Itagaki: A Life in Motion; AVA Artist Taught by Example

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Just a couple of weeks ago, Aya Itagaki was at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, rehearsing with Flock Dance Troupe for a performance early next month. It was a snowy day, and while many of her …

‘Hospital’ Looks at the ‘Mystery’ of Our Health Care System

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles takes up 50 square blocks of real estate, with a population of some 8,000 who live in low-income housing or hotels, and 4,000 who are transient. It’s the single largest concentration of …

Entertainment Highlights: A Tradition Revived with Shadow Puppetry

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Only about a dozen people are native speakers of the language of the Aynu, indigenous Japanese people who settled on one of the country’s islands thousands of years ago. It wasn’t until 2008 that the Japanese government officially …

Puppets Tell the True Story

Thursday, December 26, 2013

In Ria Blaas’ and Suzanne Lupien’s version of the Nativity story, a very pregnant Mary persuades Joseph to stop for fast food on the way to Bethlehem. Jesus is born in a recyclable manger. Mary worries about paying …

The Revels Continue the Tradition

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Seven years ago, Maureen Burford took over as artistic director of Revels North. Her first shot at the Upper Valley’s venerable, annual Christmas Revels show had an Appalachian music theme. For Burford, the six Revels shows that will …

Northern Stage Director Says It’s Time to Build a Theater

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Before performances of Twelve Angry Men, the first production of Northern Stage’s season, Carol Dunne stood up and introduced herself to audiences: “I’m Carol Dunne, and I’m your new artistic director.” She gave a brief account of herself, …