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Author Interviews
3:49 am
Tue March 20, 2012

That's All, Folks: Kevin Smith On Leaving Filmmaking

Courtesy Penguin

Originally published on Tue March 20, 2012 10:40 am

When 21-year-old Kevin Smith decided he wanted to be a filmmaker, his sister gave him some advice: "Don't say you want to be a filmmaker; just be one." So he did. He made his first film, Clerks, on a shoestring, shooting at the convenience store where he worked.

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Theater
4:54 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

'A Salesman' Lives On In Philip Seymour Hoffman

Bridgette Lacombe

When Philip Seymour Hoffman took the stage on March 15 in the new revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, he became the fifth actor in 63 years to walk the boards of Broadway in the shoes of the blustery, beleaguered salesman, Willy Loman. In the last six decades, each incarnation of the play has resonated with a new generation of theatergoers.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:07 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Et tu, Macbeth?

Photo by Potatojunkie via Flickr Creative Commons

Greed...avarice...a thirst for power. Sure, these things all describe our modern corporate and political landscape, but they're also just a few of the themes at play in Macbeth. This weekend, The Acting Loft in Manchester is staging a new version of the play, one that doesn't forget the times we live in...or Shakespeare's intent.

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Theater
12:01 am
Thu March 1, 2012

'Carrie' Creators Resurrect A Legendary Flop

Molly Ranson plays the title role in the off-Broadway reworking of Carrie, directed by Stafford Arima and written by Lawrence D. Cohen, with lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Michael Gore.
Joan Marcus

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 12:18 pm

Broadway history is littered with flop musicals — but if some shows are bombs, then Carrie, based on Stephen King's best-selling 1974 novel, was kind of a nuclear bomb.

The story of a teenager with telekinetic powers who wreaks bloody havoc on her small Maine town had already been successfully adapted as a film starring Sissy Spacek in 1976. But as a musical?

Frank Rich was theater critic for The New York Times when the show opened in April 1988. He called it a musical wreck that "expires with fireworks like the Hindenburg."

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Dance
6:08 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

A Homecoming For Alvin Ailey's Artistic Director

Takademe is near and dear to me as one of my first creations," says Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. "It's a work I made in the tiny living room of my old apartment in Queens."" href="/post/homecoming-alvin-aileys-artistic-director" class="noexit lightbox">
Yannick Lebrun performs choreography from Robert Battle's Takademe. "Takademe is near and dear to me as one of my first creations," says Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. "It's a work I made in the tiny living room of my old apartment in Queens."
Andrew Eccles Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is currently on a national tour, and the company has brought Robert Battle, its new artistic director, back to where he started — a public school in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Miami.

When Battle attended Northwestern Senior High in the mid-'80s, he'd walk 16 blocks to school through some of Liberty City's roughest neighborhoods. The riot-scarred area was still wracked by drugs, crime and desolation. So the former boy soprano carried some protection under his dance tights and ballet slippers.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:08 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Andrew Jackson…A Musical?

Photo by HistoryByDay, courtesy of Flickr creative commons

Without using Wikipedia (now that you’ve made it through the one-day withdrawal) tell me: who was America’s 7th president? Stumped? I’ll give you a hint. He’s on the twenty-dollar bill. Still not sure? Then I’ve got the musical for you. Expressed through the angsty tones of emo and punk-rock, structured like skit comedy, and shorter than the shortest harry potter film – Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a lesson in American history built for a post-MTV generation.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Fri January 13, 2012

NH this Weekend: Unique Theatre

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz talks with NHPR's Rick Ganley about a new play from New Hampshire's Ernest Thompson  Political Suicide  and a new stage adaptation of the classic Frankenstein.

 

 

Theater
1:01 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

'Intergalactic Nemesis': From Radio To Page To Stage

A Multimedia Production: The performance of The Intergalactic Nemesis involves (from left to right) three voice actors, a foley artist, a keyboardist and, overhead, art from the graphic novel on screen.
Intergalactic Nemesis/The Robot Planet

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:05 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Puppet Power Play

Photo by Bahman Farzad, courtesy of Flickr creative commons

 An unusual production is making a landing this weekend at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center …“Baby Universe,” tells a fantastical futuristic story of earth and its inhabitants on the path to extinction. The only hope for survival? Creating a new universe to colonize.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:14 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Science Fiction Flash Back

Photo by: Ole A Kjennerud

When this year’s golden globe nominations were announced, 3D, CGI, and IMAX were all bested by a silent, black and white film – The Artist, set in 1927 Hollywood, got more nods than any other nominee. 

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