Arts / Theater / Dance

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, as part of a collaboration with southern Vermont’s Weston Playhouse and Dorset Theatre Festival, according to a news release from the three …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Art Notes: White Churches, Closely Observed

Thursday, May 1, 2014

If there’s a quintessential detail of the New England landscape, it’s probably the white clapboard church. The brick mills, general stores, red barns and various and sundry farmhouses are just as definitive, but white churches, the little ones …

At Another Level: Young Dancer Has Moved On From Lebanon to New York City

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Watching Theo Pilette leap, twirl and kick in midair, land with a whisper and kneel while arching backward at the Lebanon Ballet School the other day, director Linda Copp couldn’t help imagining her former student dancing in City …

‘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 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” …

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 …

‘Unedited Voices of the Upper Valley’ Adresses Sexual and Domestic Violence

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Finding ways to stem the tide of domestic and sexual violence is the mission of the Lebanon non profit organization WISE. But one of the obstacles faced by people who work on these issues is that numerous misconceptions still exist about where and how often domestic and sexual …