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Arts / Theater / Dance

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 fun. And it is, a bit. Northern …

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 as a screwball comedy — a tightly-wound, buttoned-down man meets a free-spirited blonde bombshell — …

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 …

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 …