by Marisa Smith
Produced by Northern Stage
Directed by Jess Chayes
Scenic Design by Reid Thompson
Lighting Design by Jen Reiser
Sound Design by Benvolio Montmagny
Costume Design by Barbara Bell
Stage Managed by Brian Sekinger
Featuring: Laurel Casillo, Diane Findlay, Kenneth Kimmins, Laurie Wells
Photos by Kata Sasvari
Northern Stage opened the world premiere production of “Venus Rising,” Saturday at its Barrette Center for the Arts, that was almost as touching as it was funny – thanks to finely crafted writing by the Hanover, N.H. playwright and an excellent cast.
Northern Stage’s current world premier production of “Venus Rising” is a love story. It’s also a tale of drug use and abuse, and the struggles of aging. It’s a comedy brought to life by four very talented actors on a fantastic set with creative, strong direction. First and foremost, though, it is a script that elevates and examines human behavior, celebrating each person’s existence while not shying away from their foibles. By evening’s end, you walk away entertained, enriched, and challenged at the same time.