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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

‘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 …

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 …