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Arts / Theater / Dance

Mike Backman embraces Kay Morton while playing James Tyrone and Mary Cavan Tyrone during rehearsal for the Parish Player's production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night" at the Eclipse Grange Theatre on Oct. 6, 2014. The play opened Oct. 10 and runs through Oct. 26. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Theater Review: Production of ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ Shows Admirable Restraint

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Early on opening night of the Parish Players’ production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Kay Morton dashed any concerns about just how long the next three hours — not to mention the next three weekends — with playwright Eugene O’Neill’s Tyrone family would feel. As Mary Tyrone, Morton was talking with Mike Backman as James Tyrone Sr., Mary’s husband …

Shaker Bridge Opens Season With a Sharp Take on Feminism

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello fellow Upper Valley 40-somethings. Have I got a date night suggestion for you. Rapture, Blister, Burn, Gina Gionfriddo’s 2012 play, now in production at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, is all about the painful reassessment of life at the dawn of middle age, in this case, 42. That’s how old Catherine, a worldly, sexy academic superstar, is when she comes home to …

Northern Stage Kicks Off Season With a Sparkling Sondheim

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stephen Sondheim, who knows a thing or two about writing, opens his musical Into the Woods with two of the most potent words in any language: “I wish.” I wish I had a child, I wish my cow gave milk, I wish I could go to the ball. As the old adage goes, …

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 …

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 …