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Arts / Theater / Dance

‘The Spitfire Grill’ Serves Up a Helping of Sweet Redemption

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Spitfire Grill opened off Broadway just after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and in that atmosphere its wholesomeness struck a chord with city-dwellers who had been traumatized out of their customary jaded sophistication. Now in production at Northern Stage, The Spitfire Grill plays rather differently to an audience that, like the musical’s heroine, Perchance “Percy” Talbott, has made a home in …

‘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” helped to dispel the burden of secrecy that many survivors carry for years. Sponsored by …

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 world view of the part-Ojibwe, part French-Canadian woman in whom the Dartmouth-educated Erdrich infused a …

Little Lyme Color

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Artist Thomas Himsel, of Brownsburg, Ind., prepares to pack up for the morning after working on a painting near the Connecticut River in Lyme Wednesday morning. Himsel and his wife are visiting family in the area. Valley News …

Developing an Eye for Art: Artists Invite Upper Valley Residents Into Studios

Monday, October 7, 2013

Corinth — Sandy Spiegel lingered by a weaver’s loom Sunday, standing in the main room of the Corinth Town Hall. The machine was owned by a friend, Kathryn Price, who this weekend was showing off her hand-dyed and …

An Art Legacy in Public and Private Spaces

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Works of art have a way of slipping out of the public eye, of becoming forgotten. They can be like the proverbial trees that fall unattended in the forest: When you aren’t looking at a painting, does it …

Entertainment Highlights: A Battlefield Band, and ‘12 Angry Men’

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Time has turned 12 Angry Men, the jury drama initially written as a teleplay in 1954, into one of the pillars of American drama, a piece of work adapted countless times to various media, from film to stage …

Director Returns to Bolshoi Ballet

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Moscow — Every red-velvet seat was taken. Countless drops of crystal shimmered from the chandeliers. The applause was long and warm. Sergei Filin, victim of an acid attack, had returned Tuesday to the Bolshoi Theatre. Filin, the 42-year-old …

Autumn Arrives, The Pace Quickens

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Autumn officially arrives on Sunday — and the late summer lull in Upper Valley performances comes to an end. Fall seasons are kicking off, or kicking into full swing, at various regional venues, and other acts are beginning …

Entertainment Highlights: ‘Homespun’ Theater On the Farm

Thursday, August 22, 2013

When Barnard’s Fable Farm Theatre set out to choose a play for its second dinner theatre performance, it settled on a guiding word: “homespun.” Troupe members weren’t sure exactly what it meant, said actor Andrew White, and knew …

Husband and Wife Dancers Join Lebanon Ballet School Faculty

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Lebanon — Husband and wife team Rob Royce and Jesse Tidquist recently joined the faculty of the Lebanon Ballet School for the 2013-14 season. The school has always strived to bring in a range of guest artists, Director …

Entertainment Highlights: Circus Smirkus In Town

Thursday, August 8, 2013

When he was young, Troy Wunderle did everything. He grew up on a farm, and learned farm skills , but also dabbled in languages, played sports, coached and entertained. Now, in his 18th year with Circus Smirkus and …

‘South Pacific’ and Donizetti, Too: Opera North Opens With a Musical

Thursday, August 1, 2013

After Opera North’s success last year with The King and I, the company is returning to the Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook this season with arguably the duo’s greatest musical, South Pacific, which opens the Opera North season on …