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Arts / Theater / Dance

‘The Spitfire Grill’ Serves Up a Helping of Sweet Redemption

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Spitfire Grill opened off Broadway just after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and in that atmosphere its wholesomeness struck a chord with city-dwellers who had been traumatized out of their customary jaded sophistication. Now in production at Northern Stage, The Spitfire Grill plays rather differently to an audience that, like the musical’s heroine, Perchance “Percy” Talbott, has made a home in …

‘The Power of Voice’ Confronts Abuse

Saturday, April 5, 2014

If silence and shame are the weapons of someone committing acts of domestic and sexual violence, then the chorus of voices telling their stories at the Lebanon Opera House Thursday evening in “Unedited Voices of the Upper Valley” helped to dispel the burden of secrecy that many survivors carry for years. Sponsored by …

Entertainment Highlights: Parish Players Stress Diversity in Women’s Stories

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Until she started navigating through the Louise Erdrich short story that she’ll perform in the Parish Players’ upcoming production, “Women’s Briefs,” Victoria Wrong Traudt always considered herself “more of a nonfiction reader.” Then she found herself inhabiting the world view of the part-Ojibwe, part French-Canadian woman in whom the Dartmouth-educated Erdrich infused a …

Washington and Wahlberg Misfire in ‘2 Guns’

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Denzel Washington teams up with that King of Chemistry, Mark Wahlberg, in 2 Guns, a jokey-bloody action comedy that could use more jokes and less blood. Wahlberg’s Icelandic accomplice, Contraband director Baltasar Kormákur, manages little flash in this utterly generic double-and-triple-crossing tale of agents for competing agencies mixed …

A Summer of Hits and Flops Leaves Hollywood Uncertain

Monday, July 29, 2013

Steven Spielberg saw it coming. In June, speaking at a University of Southern California event with George Lucas, the Lincoln director said, “There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen mega-budget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and …

Release Dates for DVD Movies

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Here is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change: July 30: Black Rock — Lionsgate 30: G.I. Joe: Retaliation e_SEmD Paramount August 6: A Boy and His Dog — Shout! Factory 6: Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal — Music Box 6: Mud …

‘R.I.P.D’ Is a Lifeless Movie Based on a Comic

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Jeff Bridges collects a big paycheck but burns through a good chunk of his reservoir of Oscar-winning good will with R.I.P.D., the worst comic book adaptation since Jonah Hex. I’d say he drags Ryan Reynolds down with him, but Reynolds is an old hand at mediocre movies adapted …

A Brooding Wolverine Misses the Mark

Saturday, July 27, 2013

“To be, or not to be” ... let’s make it “To slash, or not to slash.” Because this latest X-Men movie is a lot more existential than recent installments in this comic book series have been. The Wolverine is nothing if not ambitious — a moody, haunted tale …

Atrociously Good: Bad Movies That Are Fun to Watch

Friday, July 26, 2013

I spent too much of my adolescence watching the prolific output of Hammer Film Productions, better known as Hammer Horror, the English company that brought to the screen such gems as The Brides of Dracula, Dracula Has Risen …

Entertainment Highlights: Puppeteers Go Beyond the Disney Version in Presenting Fairy Tales

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Many fairy tales have complicated histories. Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, for instance, most definitely does not end with the title character marrying a prince. Instead, the prince marries someone else, and the little mermaid commits suicide …

‘The Conjuring’: Seriously Creepy, Not Silly

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Conjuring is one heck of a ghost story. Based on the highly scientific DLPG scale — measured by the number of times I looked over my shoulder as I hurried through a Dimly Lit Parking Garage after the movie — it’s a well-above-average thriller. If it isn’t …

Vera Farmiga Would Be Proud to Scare a New Generation

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Santa Ana, Calif. — Growing up with strict immigrant parents in New Jersey, Vera Farmiga was not allowed to watch scary movies. Thanks to her best friend Missy, however, Vera was introduced to the horror films of Freddy …

Audio Slideshow: The Show Must Go On at the Fairlee Drive-In

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Fairlee — Shortly before sundown on a Saturday evening at the Fairlee Motel and Drive-in Theater, cars dot the large, open field and country music plays softly through a few of the speakers. Kris Sexton, of Lebanon, backs …