REVIEW: “A Murder is Announced” at The Theater Barn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 1999 If you really love murder mysteries in general or Agatha Christie and her Miss Marple in particular, I suppose you might enjoy this show. All I could see was a play long past its prime featuring performances barely worthy of a high school…

REVIEW: “Stardust” at The Theater Barn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 1999 This is a very pleasant evening at the theatre. I left the house thinking, “This will be pleasant.” and when I turned to my companion at the end of the show she said, “Well, that was pleasant.” Pleasant. Pleasant is the word. Is…

An Interview with Marni Nixon

Interview by Gail M. Burns, July, 1999 If you are looking for a night on the town this weekend, head to the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield to hear Marni Nixon: The Voice of Hollywood. Who’s Marni Nixon and how can she be the voice of Hollywood if I’ve never heard…

REVIEW: “Spunk” at Barrington Stage

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 1999 Barrington Stage is batting a thousand this season with a second highly entertaining production “Spunk”. Based on three stories by Zora Neale Hurston, adapted for the stage by George C. Wolfe, directed by Rob Ruggerio, and beautifully cast, “Spunk” delivers a wide range…

REVIEW: “Sophie Tucker: Red Hot Mama” at the National Music Center

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July 1999 Vikki True is a really great singer. Starring her in a bio-revue of the life and music of Sophie Tucker seems like a really good idea. True and her voice resemble Tucker’s in many ways, and Tucker is highly under-appreciated by modern audiences.…

REVIEW: “Richard III” at Shakespeare & Company

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July 1999 You know you are in for it when the third person credited on the program is the Lamentation Director. Shakespeare charges King Richard III of England (lived 1452-1485, reigned 1483-1485) with the murder of most of the House of York on his way…

REVIEW: “Glimpses of the Moon” at Shakespeare & Company

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July 1999 “What may this meanThat thou, dead corse, again in complete steel,Revisits thus the glimpses of the moon,Making night hideous, and we fools of natureSo horridly to shake our dispositionWith thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls?” – Hamlet, Act I, scene iv It…

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