REVIEW: “Pump Boys and Dinettes” at the Theater Barn

by Gail M. Burns Back in the early 1980’s a couple of musician friends dressed up in mechanics overalls, billed themselves as the Pump Boys, and performed songs they’d written for their characters. This promptly got them fired from their gig playing country tunes in a New York City cowboy…

REVIEW: “Seared” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

by Barbara Waldinger Wilted spinach salad with warm bacon dressing; seared wild salmon with a Bengali onion chutney; seared asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper; gnocchi, pork belly sliders, scallops. . . This is not a restaurant menu but rather a gustatory appreciation of Theresa Rebeck’s Seared at Williamstown…

REVIEW: “Lempicka” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

by Macey Levin There was woman, born to a Jewish father and Catholic mother in Warsaw, Poland, in 1898.  In Petrograd Russia, she married a wealthy Polish lawyer who was arrested in the midst of the Russian Revolution in 1917.  After he was freed they journeyed with their infant daughter…

REVIEW” “Creditors” at Shakespeare & Company

by Barbara Waldinger In a recent interview with the Times Union, Nicole Ricciardi, director of Shakespeare & Company’s current production of Creditors, describes the play as “one ninety-minute song.” Despite the fact that there is no music, Ricciardi and her consummate cast devote themselves to “following the rhythm” in Strindberg’s…

REVIEW: “Richard II” at Walking the dog Theater

by Barbara Waldinger How is it possible for a local theatre, performing in a school with a cast of seventeen, including a small group of experienced actors working alongside a number of young students, to mount a credible, fully-staged and costumed production of Shakespeare’s Richard II, a play written entirely…

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