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Arts / Theater / Dance

Woodcarver Floyd Scholz lays the final coats of watered-down acrylic paint onto a carved raptor at his home studio in Hancock, Vt., which offers a sweeping view of nearby mountains and the town of Rochester, Vt., on November 12, 2014. 
(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

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 if it hitched a ride on the thermal updrafts from the nearby Green Mountains that allow raptors to soar and circle without …

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 both actors are playing the Givings, a 19th-century couple encased in layers of clothing, and …

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 the neighborhood in 1959. Over the course of 50 years, Clybourne Park undergoes so-called white …

‘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 …

Entertainment Highlights: A Tradition Revived with Shadow Puppetry

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Only about a dozen people are native speakers of the language of the Aynu, indigenous Japanese people who settled on one of the country’s islands thousands of years ago. It wasn’t until 2008 that the Japanese government officially …

Puppets Tell the True Story

Thursday, December 26, 2013

In Ria Blaas’ and Suzanne Lupien’s version of the Nativity story, a very pregnant Mary persuades Joseph to stop for fast food on the way to Bethlehem. Jesus is born in a recyclable manger. Mary worries about paying …

The Revels Continue the Tradition

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Seven years ago, Maureen Burford took over as artistic director of Revels North. Her first shot at the Upper Valley’s venerable, annual Christmas Revels show had an Appalachian music theme. For Burford, the six Revels shows that will …

Northern Stage Director Says It’s Time to Build a Theater

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Before performances of Twelve Angry Men, the first production of Northern Stage’s season, Carol Dunne stood up and introduced herself to audiences: “I’m Carol Dunne, and I’m your new artistic director.” She gave a brief account of herself, …

Review: ‘White Christmas’ Is Merry and Bright

Thursday, December 12, 2013

White Christmas, the current show at Northern Stage in White River Junction, isn’t a heat-seeking holiday missile like A Christmas Carol or A Charlie Brown Christmas, but it’s snappy good fun, a link to the days when theatergoers left smiling and humming a tune. In fact, the Christmas …

Claremont Theater Outfit Offers A New Take on a Holiday Classic

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Claremont — Off Broad Street Players will put a new spin on an old holiday favorite this month. The Claremont-based theater company will perform the Christmas drama It’s a Wonderful Life as if it were a live radio show broadcast. In the show, cast members take on multiple …

‘Miracle on South Division Street’: Something Divine in the Neighborhood

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Nowaks in Tom Dudzick’s play Miracle on South Division Street are your average quarrelsome middle-class American family. There’s the matriarch Clara, and her three children, Ruth, Jimmy and Beverly, all of whom love and hate each other in the manner of families everywhere. The Nowaks’ claim to …