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 …

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 …

‘12 Angry Men’ Still Seems Relevant in These Angry Times

Thursday, October 10, 2013

In a way, it isn’t hard to see why Twelve Angry Men, the 1957 film that earned Sidney Lumet his first Oscar nomination for best director, bombed at the box office. Twelve ordinary guys stuck in a room modeling the deliberative process isn’t exactly, I don’t know, The …