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Arts / Theater / Dance

Mike Backman embraces Kay Morton while playing James Tyrone and Mary Cavan Tyrone during rehearsal for the Parish Player's production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night" at the Eclipse Grange Theatre on Oct. 6, 2014. The play opened Oct. 10 and runs through Oct. 26. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

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 playwright Eugene O’Neill’s Tyrone family would feel. As Mary Tyrone, Morton was talking with Mike Backman as James Tyrone Sr., Mary’s husband …

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. That’s how old Catherine, a worldly, sexy academic superstar, is when she comes home to …

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 gave milk, I wish I could go to the ball. As the old adage goes, …

Art Notes: Interesting ‘Faces’ at the Library

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

There’s something a bit unnerving about “Faces,” an exhibition of paintings by Kristin McLane Kehler in the Ledyard Gallery at Hanover’s Howe Library. As the title indicates, the exhibition consists entirely of dozens of faces, painted in a …

‘Good People’ Is Great Theater

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Margie Walsh seems as tough as the neighborhood she comes from: South Boston, or Southie. Pugnacious, sometimes crude, a chip on her shoulder, always ready with a “What’s it to you?” verbal challenge. For decades, Southie has been the home of working class Irish, a neighborhood of triple-deckers …

The Language of Set Design: Dartmouth Designer Stresses Color, Light, Confidence

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Shortly before the opening of the Dartmouth College Theater Department’s production of the musical Spring Awakening, which goes into its second week of performances tonight and runs through Sunday, the set designer Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili prowls the stage in …

‘Aunt Lizzie’ Joins Family at Richards Free Library

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Newport — A portrait of Elizabeth A. “Lizzie” Richards (1847-1868) was recently donated to the Richards Free Library by her niece, Margaret Richards Chapman. Chapman, 95, recently moved from her New London home to Woodcrest Village, an assisted …

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 …