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Arts / Theater / Dance

Actor Dennis O'Hare co-developed "An Iliad," a one-man performance of the ancient epic. (Courtesy Hopkins Center)

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 both the Greek towns that sent soldiers to fight in the Trojan War, and the men who went into battle. Places with such names as Hyria, Aulis, Harma, Ilesion, Erythrae and Coronea; and such men as Ajax, Achilles, Ialmenus, Schedius and Elephenor. “Why is this important? Why is it in there?” O’Hare said in a phone interview from New York. Homer’s intention, O’Hare and Peterson decided, was …

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 Nonie Robie, of Piermont, had frequented the East Thetford barn in the 1940s. “Back then, …

Fields of Work

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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 …

Theater Review: A Terminal Diagnosis; Now What?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The impulse toward life is so powerful that we’ll make any bargain, make any promise, fight almost any battle to live even one more day. But what happens when you’ve been given a terminal diagnosis and think you know, more or less, when you’re going to die? How …

Entertainment Highlights: About Death, but Not Morbid

Thursday, November 7, 2013

On one hand, Kevin Fitzpatrick was drawn to direct The Shadow Box , a meditation on death in play form, because of its substance and its depth. “Our mortality is part of the human condition,” said Fitzpatrick, a …

‘God of Carnage’: Bad Things Happen to the Best Sort of Parents

Saturday, November 2, 2013

By Nicola Smith Valley News Staff Writer We’ve all met parents like Veronica and Michael Novak, and Alan and Annette Raleigh, two couples who meet to discuss a fight between their two young sons, Henry and Ben, in Yasmina Reza’s play God of Carnage , currently running at …

Entertainment Highlights: Variety Comes to the Valley

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rusty DeWees has performed as “The Logger,” his blue collar Vermonter alter ego, for 17 years, playing shows all around the Green Mountain State, telling stories in a thick Green Mountain drawl that he wrote when was living …

‘Frankie and Johnny’ Make Passionate Theater at Shaker Bridge

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Johnny’s a guy who’s hard to love. He pushes too hard, talks too much, doesn’t take no for an answer and is a sap, to boot. Frankie, on the other hand, is all sharp elbows. She talks too little and doubts too much and tries to put as …

Art Notes: At the Hood: Natural Beauty, Political Danger

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tucked away in the Hood Museum of Art’s teaching gallery is a compact but wonderful show of paintings by Fan Tchunpi, a Chinese artist who was forced into exile by her country’s seismic political upheaval. The politics is …