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Art Notes: We the People opens big musical Friday night
04-03-2024 5:31 PM

By ALEX HANSON

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — In its relatively short history, We the People Theatre has specialized in sweeping musical theater projects, starting with productions of “1776” and “Working.” The coronavirus pandemic put an end to the company’s momentum,...

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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,...


Hanover High drama club to stage play about Ukrainian teens during invasion
01-30-2024 9:00 PM

By ALEX HANSON

HANOVER — During a rehearsal at Hanover High School a couple of weeks ago, a handful of young actors recited lines an Upper Valley audience wouldn’t expect to hear spoken on a high school stage.“That’s when I had my first panic attack.” “The scariest...


Art Notes: Actor Dan Butler revives a 30-year-old play about gay life
12-07-2023 1:48 AM

By ALEX HANSON

There is something humbling, and a bit exciting, about seeing one’s work turn into a period piece during one’s lifetime. It’s a reflection not on the work but on the pace of change.Thirty years ago, life was very different for LGBTQ Americans. “Don’t...


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,...


Art Notes: In Thetford, from blank page to play in 24 hours
09-21-2023 9:27 AM

By ALEX HANSON

At 7 on Friday evening, a group of six would-be playwrights will receive writing prompts and then spend the night in the library at Thetford Academy, churning out short plays.At 5 the next morning, they’ll hand off their finished plays to directors,...


Shakespeare theater camp finds alternative stages after being displaced by floods
07-19-2023 10:22 PM

By CAOIMHE MARKEY

CHELSEA — On Monday afternoon, nestled in a humble copse of trees to take advantage of a brief spell of good weather, campers in the Chelsea “Get Thee To The Funnery” Shakespeare Program were running lines. The annual two-week summer camp for kids...


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...


Art Notes: Grief finds expression in Upper Valley arts events
05-31-2023 4:32 PM

By ALEX HANSON

Dancer and choreographer Lucia Gagliardone grew up hearing stories about her paternal grandmother, Margaret, who died before Lucia was born. Like many 20th-century Margarets, she was known as Peggy, and to young Lucia she was “Angel Peg.” “Everyone...


Art Notes: Bertolt Brecht plays reflect how law and justice can be twisted
05-10-2023 4:59 PM

By ALEX HANSON

During her upbringing in the Netherlands, Ria Blaas didn’t have Bertolt Brecht on her reading list.Come to think of it, who does? Even among theater aficionados, Brecht seldom rises to the top of the list when a season series is assembled.“He’s not...


Art Notes: JAG one-man show tackles ‘Every Brilliant Thing’
04-27-2023 4:28 PM

By ALEX HANSON

The late Joan Didion published hundreds of thousands of words but is likely still best known for a single short sentence: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” The weight of that line varies depending on the circumstances of the storyteller....


Shaker Bridge Theatre moving to WRJ from Enfield
03-23-2023 6:06 AM

By ALEX HANSON

Before he founded Shaker Bridge Theatre, in 2007, Bill Coons had picked out the sailboat on which he planned to retire.Instead, he put his retirement money into starting a small theater company, from which he didn’t draw a paycheck for the first five...


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...


A Broadway career leads to the family feel of Upper Valley theater
08-30-2019 10:00 PM

By DAN MACKIE

“The show must go on” is a tried-and-true slogan in show business, where all good things come to an end, and flops end even faster. For Dorothy Stanley, the shows have gone on and on. And there’s still more ahead. Stanley, now in her 60s and settled...

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