Arts / Theater / Dance

Theater Review: At Northern Stage, Songs That Trace Life’s Journey

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It isn’t more than a few minutes into Northern Stage’s production of Songs for a New World that the White River Junction theater company’s own new world emerges as a theme. “A new world calls across the ocean,” one of the singers intones, and this refrain is a reminder that Northern Stage is taking its own leap, albeit just across Gates Street, to a $9 million theater under construction and …

Theater Review: Sharp Writing and Acting in Shaker Bridge Production of ‘How the World Began’

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A t first read, the premise of the engrossing play How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann, which runs through April 12 at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, sounds too neat, too pat. Susan Pierce, a teacher from New York, starts a job teaching biology in a Kansas town that was recently devastated by a tornado. Because the biology curriculum includes the theory …

A Writer Out of Place

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Orwell in America , a play by Joe Sutton that has its world premiere Saturday evening at Northern Stage in White River Junction, asks the audience to imagine what might have happened if one of the greatest writers and public intellectuals of the 20th century had crossed the pond to do a book …

‘Fox on the Fairway’ Gamely Aims for A Laugh a Minute

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Fox on the Fairway , written by playwright Ken Ludwig, recalls the wacky, many-jokes-per-minute nuttiness of classic British farce. There are a handful of doors on stage, and the play wastes no time having an actor leave through one while a different actor, searching for the first, …

‘Freud’s Last Session’ Takes on Big Questions

Saturday, February 8, 2014

It has been hard to so much as glance at the Internet this week without running into news of a debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, a scientist supporting evolution and an ardent creationist, respectively. Most people seem to feel that Ham, who interprets the book of …

Aya Itagaki: A Life in Motion; AVA Artist Taught by Example

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Just a couple of weeks ago, Aya Itagaki was at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, rehearsing with Flock Dance Troupe for a performance early next month. It was a snowy day, and while many of her …

‘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 …