Music and theater

Actors Theatre Playhouse

Main Street, West Chesterfield, NH, 877 666-1855

Sept 16: “A Delicate Balance,” a staged reading for Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. Set in Connecticut, this play features an upper-class married couple whose relationship has been an uneasy one for several years. Sept 22-Oct 17 (Fridays and Saturdays): “Uncle Vanya” by Anon Chekhov. A cautionary tale delicately balanced on the knife’s edge of tragedy and comedy about the invisible suffering of ordinary people, the futility of service to others, and the fragility of beauty and illusions, especially when born of jealousy and ennui.

Brattleboro Music Center

38 Walnut St., Brattleboro, 802 257-4523

Oct 8: 6th Annual Blanche Moyse Memorial Concert presents the music of J.S. Bach. Oct 29: Chamber Music Series: Gilles Vonsattel. Nov 4: Benefit Concert: Mohamed Shams. Nov 11: Chamber Music Series: Con Moto. Nov 12-13: Windham Orchestra presents “People Who Change Our Lives.” Dec 13: Music School Orchestra Concert. Dec 16: Chamber Music Series: Chiara String Quartet.

Dorset Theatre Playhouse

PO Box 510, Dorset, 802 867-2223

Aug 3-19: “The Legend of Georgia McBride.” A music-filled comedy by Matthew Lopez. He’s young, he’s broke, and his wife is having a baby. And now, Casey has lost his gig as an Elvis impersonator. Aug 24-Sept 2: “American Buffalo.” Regional revival of David Mamet’s American classic. This show takes a fresh look at a trio of misguided misfits who are a bit out of luck and way out of their league as they plot the theft of a rare coin collection.

Latchis Theatre

50 Main St., Brattleboro, 802 254-6300

Oct 8: The Metropolitan Opera Simulcast presents “Tristan Und Isolde,” noon. Oct 16: The Bolshoi Ballet Simulcast presents “The Golden Age,” 1p. Oct 22-23: The Metropolitan Opera Simulcast presents “Don Giovanni,” 1p. Nov 6: The Bolshoi Ballet Simulcast presents “The Bright Stream,” 1p. Dec 10: The Metropolitan Opera Simulcast presents “L’Amour de Loin,” 1p. Dec 11: The Bolshoi Ballet Simulcast presents “The Nutcracker,” 1p.

New England Youth Theatre

100 Flat St., Brattleboro, 802 246-NEYT (6398)

Oct 6-8 & 13-15: “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” Oct 27-29 & Nov 3-5: “Clown Town.” Dec 7-10 & 14-17: “Tuck Everlasting.”

Next Stage Arts

15 Kimball Hill Road, Putney

Sept 22: Next Stage Speaks presents Victoria Redel, author of three books of poetry and five books of fiction. Sept 24: “The Dancingmaster of Canterbury,” Larry Siegel’s latest verbatim musical theater portrait. Sept 30: Chris Smither, American folk singer/songwriter. Oct 20-21: Adam Strauss Returns: “The Mushroom Cure” and “The Uncertainty Principle.”

Northern Stage will present A Doll’s House Sept 20-Oct 29.

Northern Stage

The Barrette Center for the Arts

74 Gates St., White River Junction, 802 291-9009

Sept 20-Oct 29: “A Doll’s House.” Henrik Ibsen, the father of modern drama, argued that everyone, man or woman, had a right to be who they wanted to be. In “A Doll’s House,” protagonist Nora epitomizes struggles against the constraints of social conformity as she confronts her identity and the state of her marriage. Oct 5-28: Robert Frost’s “This Verse Business.” For nearly fifty years, Robert Frost “barded” around the country with his poetry, dry wit, and “promises to keep,” performing some of the greatest verse in the English canon and sharing his “wild surmises” on religion, science, poetic form, whatever was on his mind. Nov 15-Jan 7: Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved tale, this classic will delight Northern Stage audiences of all ages. Mermaid Ariel is fascinated by the world and lives of people on dry land and longs to someday join them though her father, King Triton, forbids it.

Old Castle Theatre Company

331 Main St., Bennington, 802 447-0564

Sept 29-Oct 15: “Broadway Bound.” Following “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues,” this is the poignant and funny conclusion to Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical Eugene trilogy.

Sandglass Theater

17 Kimball Hill, Putney, 802 387-4051

Nov 24-25: “Autumn Portraits” is a compelling evening-long solo puppet-and-mask performance, a series of five interlocking vignettes each exploring one puppet character and its interplay with its manipulator, who might appear as a masked figure or simply a voice from the sky. Eric Bass’ handcrafted rod puppets are characters in the “autumn” of their existence that act out their stories in precise, evocative gestures as they meet their pasts, their selves, and their deaths. Conceived and performed by Eric Bass and directed by Richard Edelman, this performance is part of the annual Putney Craft Tour weekend. Tickets are $18 general admission, $16 for students and seniors. Seating is limited. Reserve your tickets at or by phone.

Southern Vermont Arts Center

Arkell Pavilion at West Road, Manchester, 802 362-1405

Aug 19: Bob Milne, Ragtime Pianist. Ragtime piano starring Bob Milne. Aug 26: Philip Bauer’s “The Legend of Johnny Cash.” Recreating the music and live performance of Johnny Cash since 1985.

Stone Church Arts

20 Church St., Bellows Falls, 802 463-3100

Sept 1: Your Rhythm, Your Life concert, featuring Loire on vocals, Glen Velez on drums and Eugene Friesen on cello. Sept 10: North Sea Gas, one of Scotland’s most popular folk bands. Sept 30: Woodwinds without Borders, Gary Stroutsos, world flute master. Oct 14: Dave Keller Band and the Mo’ Sax Horns. Oct 20: Joe Davidian Trio, American jazz trio. Oct 28: The Fretless, Celtic and folk string quartet. Nov 11: Castlebay, music of New England and Celtic lands. Dec 9: To Warm a Winter’s Night, with Áine Minogue, Celtic harp and vocals.

Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Trio perform Nov 4 at the Vermont Jazz Center.

Vermont Jazz Center

72 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, 802 254-9088

Sept 15: The Cookers. Some of the best composers, arrangers and musicians working together as a jazz super group. Oct 14: Tom Harrell Quartet, featuring one of the most prolific trumpeters in jazz. Nov 4: Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Trio. Emerging Artist Series presents Thurman, saxophone and voice, Green on drums and bass. Nov 18: Elio Villafranca’s Jass Syncopators. Native Cuban rhythms fused with jazz music. Dec 1: VJC Big Band. Sixteen-piece big band under the direction of Rob Freeberg.

Vermont Performance Lab

561 Finch Road, Grafton

Sept 15-16: Freedom Project, The Everett Company at New England Youth Theater, Brattleboro. Multi-disciplinary theater works that are developed through a research driven multi year process that examines questions of urgent interest to the ensemble and to society.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

At various locations in Vermont, 800 876-9293

Sept 21: VSO presents Made in Vermont Statewide Tour in Woodstock. Music Director Jaime Laredo leads the VSO in a program as colorful as our famous fall foliage. Sept 22: VSO presents Made in Vermont Statewide Tour in Brattleboro. Dec 10: VSO Holiday Pops Concert in Rutland. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops features festive music from around the world, a carol singalong, and a special appearance by the Bronze Ambassadors, an award-winning student bell choir from Newport. Dec 16: VSO Holiday Pops Concert in Grafton. Dec 17: VSO Holiday Pops Concert in Manchester.

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company

703 Main St., Weston, 802 824-8167

Aug 24-Sept 3: “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” The masterpiece of American theatre, simply not to be missed. Winner of a Pulitzer and a Tony. Oct 1-8: Joe Iconis and Family. The award-winning composer and his band of singer/musicians share some of the hottest work in musical theatre.

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