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. …

‘Don’t Talk to The Actors’ at Shaker Bridge Brings Laughs

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Just before rehearsals are about to begin on fledgling playwright Jerry Przpezniak’s first Broadway production, Director Mike Policzek advises the young playwright not to talk to the actors. As it turns out, bad and hilarious things happen when Jerry ignores the advice in the Shaker Bridge Theatre’s very …

Theater Review: Sharp Portrayal of Scrooge Is at the Heart of a Winning ‘Christmas Carol’

Saturday, December 6, 2014

G ordon Clapp, the Ebenezer Scrooge in Northern Stage’s winning production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol , which is directed by Peter Hackett and runs at the Briggs Opera House through Dec. 28, is so closed off to human society that he speaks with almost no affect. …

Parish Players Perform ‘Under Milk Wood’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A century after the birth of Dylan Thomas, and 60 years after BBC radio first broadcast his Under Milk Wood, the Parish Players will bring the Welsh poet’s words back to life over the next two weekends with …

The Souls Of Birds

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Floyd Scholz, one of the world’s leading bird carvers, lives atop a mountain in Hancock, Vt. The view from his house looks south down the narrow White River Valley. It’s the kind of panorama a hawk would have …

An Examination Of 19th-Century Sex and Intimacy

Thursday, November 6, 2014

On stage at the Moore Theater at the Hopkins Center, Emma Orme and Max Samuels are engaged in the delicate, complicated act of undressing each other. It’s a tender, deliberate disrobing made more laborious by the fact that …

Theater Review: At Northern Stage, ‘Clybourne Park’ Tests Our Racial Sensitivities

Monday, November 3, 2014

Like other neighborhoods ringing urban centers, Clybourne Park in Chicago has undergone waves of change since the 1950s. It’s a white enclave near downtown that experiences the first tentative steps toward integration when an African-American family moves into …

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 …

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 …