Arts / Theater / Dance

Northern Stage’s ‘Blithe Spirit’ Feels Weary

Friday, February 20, 2015

Settling into a Briggs Opera House seat for a performance of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit yields an immediate reward. The set, a reproduction of a 1940s upper crust drawing room in an English country house, is like a little jewel box, replete with gold light fixtures and a bar cart laden with martini glasses. A viewer couldn’t help but think, This will be fun. And it is, a bit. Northern …

Dartmouth Production Reframes ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Around Issues

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Say R omeo and Juliet and it’s likely that some stock images will pop into your head: Boy meets girl, a balcony, a vial of poison and a few dazzling sword fights. But do those scenes, memorable as they are, tell the whole story of Shakespeare’s play? Peter Hackett, a professor of theater …

With ‘Venus in Fur,’ Shaker Bridge Plumbs Desire and Power

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Venus in Fur , the tantalizing, entertaining play-within-a-play by David Ives now at Shaker Bridge Theater in Enfield, is one sure way to shake off the winter blues. To say it’s a play about sex, power and domination makes it sound more heavy-going than it is. It begins as a screwball comedy — a tightly-wound, buttoned-down man meets a free-spirited blonde bombshell — …

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 …

The Language of Set Design: Dartmouth Designer Stresses Color, Light, Confidence

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Shortly before the opening of the Dartmouth College Theater Department’s production of the musical Spring Awakening, which goes into its second week of performances tonight and runs through Sunday, the set designer Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili prowls the stage in …

‘Aunt Lizzie’ Joins Family at Richards Free Library

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Newport — A portrait of Elizabeth A. “Lizzie” Richards (1847-1868) was recently donated to the Richards Free Library by her niece, Margaret Richards Chapman. Chapman, 95, recently moved from her New London home to Woodcrest Village, an assisted …

Entertainment Highlights: The Return of Vaudeville in Vermont

Thursday, February 13, 2014

It didn’t take long for the residents of Hardwick, Vt., to get behind Vermont Vaudeville. One of the company’s founders, Brent McCoy, said that could be because the troupe’s four founding members made sure to bring professional entertainers …

The Long and Short of It: Parish Players Tell Tales in 10 Minutes

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Credit the Internet. In eight years of staging its Ten Minute Play Festival, the Parish Players have received submissions from writers from all over the world, including Singapore and Australia. For this year’s slate, said director Dorothy Gannon, the readers sifted through 90 submissions to arrive at the …

‘Fox on the Fairway’ Gamely Aims for A Laugh a Minute

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Fox on the Fairway , written by playwright Ken Ludwig, recalls the wacky, many-jokes-per-minute nuttiness of classic British farce. There are a handful of doors on stage, and the play wastes no time having an actor leave through one while a different actor, searching for the first, …

‘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 …