Comments on “St. Nicholas” at Barrington Stage

Comments by Gail M. Burns, August, 1999 This is not a review because I was unable to stay past intermission. I had donated blood that afternoon and apparently my body only had enough energy to last until 9:30 PM after that. I stood up at intermission, realized I was about…

REVIEW: “Summer” at Berkshire Opera Company

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1999 “These are the mountains that give us such beauty,There are the meadows that give us such summer.”– Joan Vail Thorne When Margaret Lattimore and Michael Chioldi sang these words last night my eyes filled with tears. What a lovely, moving tribute to our…

REVIEW: “Starr’s Last Tape” at the Berkshire Theatre Festival

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1999 “Perhaps my best years are gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn’t want them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn’t want them back.”– Samuel Beckett, “Krapp’s Last Tape” I can remember the first time…

REVIEW: “The Batting Cage” at the Berkshire Theatre Festival

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1999 This summer is just deja vue all over again. First the parallels between “Glimmer Brothers” (WTF-Nikos) and “Shoot the Piano Player” (BTF-Unicorn); and now the parallels between “November” (Oldcastle) and “The Batting Cage” (BTF-MainStage). In the case of the latter two shows both playwrights started with the premise of…

REVIEW: “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Mac-Haydn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1999 The Mac-Haydn opened their 1999 season with “The Music Man” – a rousing, old-fashioned show about a town learning to believe in itself through outside forces. This was a great success. And I am pleased to say that they are closing the season…

REVIEW: “Anything Goes” at the Mac-Haydn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1999 The only sure thing about the existing version of “Anything Goes” is that Cole Porter wrote the music and lyrics. He didn’t write all of them for the original “Anything Goes” which opened in Broadway in 1934, but he did write them. Beyond…

REVIEW: “42nd Street” at the Mac-Haydn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1999 “Come on and meetThose dancing feet.On the avenueI’m takin’ you to –42nd street!”– Al Dubin This is it. The Mac-Haydn has pulled out all the stops and come up with an all singing, all dancing extravaganza. Pack up grandma, grandpa and the kiddies…

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