Arts / Theater / Dance

Mile markers on the nine mile Sugar River Recreational Rail Trail guide recreationalists from Claremont to Newport and back Claremont, N.H.,  on July 27, 2015. 
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Opera North’s ‘West Side Story’ Has Relevance, Albeit Soft-Spoken

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

On your way to the Lebanon Opera House for West Side Story tonight, or for one of the four subsequent stagings, cross your fingers — before snapping them in time with the Jets and the Sharks — that Opera North’s otherwise pulse-pounding production has solved the one flaw of consequence from opening night last Friday. For some of us in …

New London Barn Playhouse Experiences a Rebirth

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New London — Over eight summer vacations with his family on Little Sunapee Lake between ages 3 and 10, Ian Shain saw three shows at the New London Barn Playhouse. “The most memorable was You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” Shain, one of 14 summer interns at the theater this season, said the …

Curtain Closes on an Era: Northern Stage Bows Out of Briggs Opera House

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fifteen minutes before curtain Sunday at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, the call came through a dim backstage corridor. “Last show,” a male voice said. “Last show.” It was an evening of “lasts.” The last performance of the last show of the 2014-2015 Northern Stage season, and the last performance …

‘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 …

‘The Other Place’: Coming Unmoored in a Storm-Tossed Life

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sharr White’s play The Other Place , which runs at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield through April 13, is an ingeniously framed mystery, but not in a whodunit, dead-body-in-a-locked-room way. The mystery lies in that most elusive of entities, the human mind. How do we remember, and how …

Sitcom Star Turns to Theater

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

London — Martha Plimpton is an American in London, grappling with all that ails the United States. The Emmy Award-winning star of hit TV sitcom Raising Hope is making her West End stage debut in Jon Robin Baitz’s …

The Winners: ‘Valley News’ Photo Contest

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Selection Process: A panel of Valley News judges looked at 597 entries for this year’s Valley News Amateur Photography Contest, narrowing them down to 24 finalists. The finalists were displayed at the HomeLife Expo at Leverone Field …

Spreading Some Joy on International Happiness Day

Friday, March 21, 2014

Dancers from Dancers’ Corner in White River Junction perform a routine to the song Happy by Pharrell Williams outside the cancer center infusion area at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon on Thursday. The performance was a part of …

Hunger Cabaret Returns To Thetford

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Over the past decade, Steve LeBlanc has participated in plenty of cabaret shows around the Upper Valley. Generally, they were small affairs, and the groups putting them on often petered out. So when putting together his first annual …

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 …