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Arts / Theater / Dance

Lebanon, N.H., native Jonathan Verge is launching The Gatherwool Theatre Company, a new musical theatre company in White River Junction’s Briggs Opera House. (Taylor Hooper photograph)

Lebanon Native Returns to Launch a Musical Theater Company

Thursday, February 11, 2016

White River Junction — Jonathan Verge left the Upper Valley almost 16 years ago, first to study musical theater at Syracuse University, then to spend a decade performing in and directing and producing musicals in New York and Chicago. For his next act, the 2000 graduate of Lebanon High School will unveil his Gatherwool Theatre Company Friday night with a …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Northern Stage Is Teaming Up With Counterpart Theaters

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dorset, Vt. — Northern Stage will wrap up the inaugural season at its new theater next spring by staging one of the comedies in Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy The Norman Conquests. Artistic director Carol Dunne this week announced the company’s plan to produce Living Together, the first Conquest play, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

ArtisTree Presents a Lively Production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Woodstock — In less capable hands — and feet, and voices — a production of Fiddler on the Roof could s truggle to achieve liftoff, or, at worst, stumble across the stage. The 1964 musical has so many moving parts — as many as 27 people dancing and/or …

Days of Change and Growth

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Of all the odd places to sit down for an interview, the McDonald’s on Route 12A might be the oddest. But in the case of Jonathan Sa’adah, the location made sense. Sa’adah, a Woodstock native who now lives …