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Theater Review: It’s a good bet ‘Ripcord’ will make you laugh
05-22-2024 4:04 PM

By MARION UMPLEBY

Between college dorm living and the house shares that are often part and parcel of a person’s 20s, tales of unsuitable roommates abound in most friend groups.Shaker Bridge Theatre’s production of “Ripcord,” up through May 26 in the Briggs Opera House,...

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Theater Review: Northern Stage’s ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ delivers constant laughs
03-19-2024 4:31 PM

By ALEX HANSON

Like any art form, theater can carry a lot of ideological freight. Mercifully, sometimes it just entertains and amuses.And sometimes, it entertains so thoroughly that you forget everything but the present spectacle. That’s what Northern Stage’s...


Theater Review: Shaker Bridge’s ‘The Minutes’ illustrates value of unvarnished truth
03-12-2024 6:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

Having spent untold hours in selectboard and city council meeting rooms around the Upper Valley, I’ve often joked that it would be more fun to write about the meetings held in them as if they were theater, rather than just the mostly humdrum work of...


Theater Review: Shaker Bridge’s ‘The Cake’ juggles humor and pain
01-31-2024 9:00 PM

By CAOIMHE MARKEY

Oscar Wilde wrote in his play “A Woman of No Importance” that “after a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” Replace “dinner” with “dessert,” and you’ve nailed down the sentiment of Shaker Bridge Theatre’s newest showpiece,...


Theater Review: ‘Christmas Carol’ stays faithful to original
11-30-2023 3:08 AM

By CAOIMHE MARKEY

Ah, yes, “A Christmas Carol,” a quintessential wintertime tale that reminds us what the holidays are truly about: sending ghosts to guilt trip your mean relatives into coming to dinner.This season, Northern Stage debuts a fresh take on Charles...


Theater Review: ‘Selling Kabul’ a riveting, heartbreaking glimpse at US policies abroad
10-18-2023 10:42 PM

By ALEX HANSON

The lights come up on a man alone in a small apartment. Dressed in a T-shirt and tracksuit pants, he’s young and on edge, checking the television and messing with his laptop and a balky router. Given the state of the world, he could be anywhere,...


Theater Review: Northern Stage’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ offers gaudy take on the Austen classic
07-05-2023 7:09 PM

By CAOIMHE MARKEY

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Before I attended Friday’s performance of “Sense and Sensibility,” the closing show of Northern Stage’s 25th anniversary season, I refreshed my memory of the story by watching Ang Lee’s faithful 1995 film adaptation, starring...


Review: ‘Sweat’ is a pitch-perfect look at a factory town’s decline
03-15-2023 7:49 PM

By ERIC SUTPHIN

It’s 2008 and a tough but caring parole officer named Evan (played by Greg Alvarez Reid) meets with two recent parolees. Chris (Christopher B. Portley) is a mild mannered young Black man who once aspired to study education in college. Jason (Robert...


Stage review: Getting to the ‘Truth’ behind the ‘truth’
03-10-2023 11:22 PM

By LUKAS DUNFORD

Renowned essayist John D’Agata’s new piece is set to move the world. Its 15 pages portray the life and death of a Las Vegas boy who died by suicide. All it needs is a glance at the names and dates.Pushing against the weight of the world, fact-checking...


Arts Review: ‘The Niceties’ puts racial, generational divide on display
01-27-2023 9:07 PM

By LUKAS DUNFORD

Set in a professor’s office at an elite Northeast university, The Niceties displays racial and generational conflicts through a brave student and her pressure-hardened history professor. This play is not for the faint of pacemaker. Directed by Grant...

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