Arts / Theater / Dance

‘Don’t Talk to The Actors’ at Shaker Bridge Brings Laughs

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Just before rehearsals are about to begin on fledgling playwright Jerry Przpezniak’s first Broadway production, Director Mike Policzek advises the young playwright not to talk to the actors. As it turns out, bad and hilarious things happen when Jerry ignores the advice in the Shaker Bridge Theatre’s very good production of Tom Dudzick’s comedy Don’t Talk to the Actors. In the opening moments of the two-act play-within-a-play, Jerry (Joe Guarino) …

Theater Review: Sharp Portrayal of Scrooge Is at the Heart of a Winning ‘Christmas Carol’

Saturday, December 6, 2014

G ordon Clapp, the Ebenezer Scrooge in Northern Stage’s winning production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol , which is directed by Peter Hackett and runs at the Briggs Opera House through Dec. 28, is so closed off to human society that he speaks with almost no affect. No inflections or intonations are permitted; he’s stripped speech of its flourishes and idiosyncrasies, its …

Parish Players Perform ‘Under Milk Wood’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A century after the birth of Dylan Thomas, and 60 years after BBC radio first broadcast his Under Milk Wood, the Parish Players will bring the Welsh poet’s words back to life over the next two weekends with seven performances of the drama at the Eclipse Grange on Thetford Hill. Thetford Academy graduate …

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 …

‘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, …