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Theater Review: ‘Our Town’ Is Brilliantly Relevant

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thornton Wilder began his 1938 play Our Town with some of the most famous stage direction in the American theater: “No curtain. No scenery.” His minimalist ethos stripped away the drama to its essentials — a stage, actors, words, light and the audience. In Northern Stage’s production of Our Town , which runs through Oct. 31 at the recently opened Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction, another …

Theater Review: At Shaker Bridge, a Play Meant to Lacerate Leaves Few Marks

Thursday, October 8, 2015

M ichael Weller’s play Side Effects , at the Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, is a two-person play with one sensational part: Lindy Metz, a brilliantly incisive woman, who happens to be bi p olar, is married to a man who, no matter where he goes and what he achieves, will always be in her shadow, and under her spell. The less sensational …

Curtain Rises on Barrette Center

Sunday, October 4, 2015

White River Junction — Two weeks before Thornton Wilder’s classic drama Our Town was set to open the Northern Stage season at the brand-new Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction, the company’s managing director, Eric Bunge, got news he very much wanted to hear: The subscription rate for the 2015-2016 …

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. …

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 …