The season for stage

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There’s a good chance the weather outside will be frightful this holiday season, but even if it isn’t, why venture out into the cold when...

Flash forward

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Comedian Cameron Esposito’s stand-up ascendancy began in earnest after a debut set on “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” in 2013, where guest Jay...

Second act

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When Kathleen Cavalaro took over as the Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s interim executive director in the fall of 2014, the theater was in trouble. In debt,...

New classics

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Portsmouth’s Pontine Theatre has been bringing puppetry and toy theater to audiences for 38 years. Those are ancient, universal art forms, according to M. Marguerite...

Beauty and bite

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When he’s directing a show, Todd Hunter says the question he gets asked most often is, “Who’s the sympathetic character?” It’s a question that hasn’t...

Mind’s eye

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The Garrison Players in Rollinsford want audiences to do a little work for their Halloween thrills this year. The theater is staging live performances of...

The puzzle in the play

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The Seacoast Rep offers a new look at Tennessee Williams’ classic “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” When actor and playwright David Roby was named...

Family trees

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The inspiration for “Life After Life” came to dancer Wendy Quinn in a dream. “There was a fragment of a set, with cloth billowing up...

Special delivery

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In the land of Continentia, the setting for Dorks in Dungeon’s mash-up of fantasy role-playing games and live improv comedy, there are few jobs more...

Evolving experiments

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The Seacoast’s dance scene has had its ups and downs in the last few decades. But a number of local artists are working to revive...

Making connections

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When it’s time to hit the town and see a show, there are plenty of options — check out a new band, visit a local...

In pursuit

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In January 2014, Sasheer Zamata joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” halfway through its 39th season. Her addition was a long time coming for...

Some enchanted island

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There is no better American song than Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Some Enchanted Evening.” It is a song that feels like exactly what it says. You...

The new guy

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comedian Trevor Noah comes to Portsmouth Beginning a new job is stressful for anyone. Will my new coworkers like me? Can I get up to...

Shake and bake

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This summer has been relatively mild so far, but Lady Luck Burlesque is getting a little hot under the collar. They Portsmouth-based burlesque troupe will...

Belly up

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As Portsmouth finds its way onto top-vacation-spot lists in glossy magazines and travel websites, and as new development projects rise up next to historic homes,...

All in the family

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When Crystal Lisbon was hired at Hackmatack Playhouse in 1997, it changed the course of her life. Working at the Berwick, Maine theater convinced Lisbon...

War wounds

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In the annals of matrimony, few pages are more dog-eared and annotated than those on Ernest Hemingway, whose four marriages — and numerous flirtations and...

Play on

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When Dan Beaulieu directed a production of “Twelfth Night” at the University of New Hampshire 10 years ago as part of his senior project, he...

Summer on stage

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When the weather is at its peak, so are Seacoast theaters. Each year, local stages pack their summer seasons with captivating plays and bombastic musicals,...

Nonsense and sensibility

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In “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Roald Dahl wrote, “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” By that standard, Lewis...

Room for growth

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Miles Burns has been teaching youth and teen theater classes at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre for years, but it wasn’t until this year that he...

Pushing limits

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When Todd Hunter directed his first play 17 years ago — “Merry-Go-Round” at The Players’ Ring — he might have thrown a prop, or maybe...

Secrets and surprises

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experience — and talk about — theater Electricity changed the way theater happens, according to Catherine Stewart. Before electric lights, theaters were evenly lit, and...

The revolution, staged

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There is nothing more enervating, or even fatal, to theater than habit, which leeches plays of their vitality and muffles their existential inquiry. This applies...