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 — …

‘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, …

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 …