REVIEW: The Knights Present “Candide” at Tanglewood

by Macey Levin As the world probably knows, 2018 would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday,  also that of Jerome Robbins.  Bernstein was a musical genius as a conductor, music educator on television and a composer of classical music, ballets, and broadway musicals.  In our part of the world Barrington…

REVIEW: “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You” & “The Actor’s Nightmare”

by Macey Levin Note: SHOW ADDED ON FRIDAY 8/31 AT 2PM! Christopher Durang burst onto the New York theatre scene in the late 1970’s writing plays of scathing satire and social commentary.  His work includes Beyond Therapy, Baby with the Bathwater, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People who Love it, and…

REVIEW: “Rigoletto” at the Berkshire Opera Festival

by Fred Baumgarten For nearly three hours last Saturday afternoon, you could hear a pin drop inside the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at the Berkshire Opera Festival’s presentation of Verdi’s classic tragedy, Rigoletto. That, and the sounds of splendid music, which the audience drank in with rapt attention. So good was…

REVIEW: “Annie” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

by Lisa Jarisch Surely there is no better cure for melancholy that approaches as the curtain descends on the summer theater season than a healthy dose of rambunctious orphans, a rags to riches story, a guaranteed happy ending…AND a dog.  The Mac-Haydn Theatre fills the prescription to a “T”…or in this…

REVIEW: “Well Intentioned White People” at Barrington Stage

by Barbara Waldinger The title explains it all.  Rachel Lynett has written a powerful and controversial attack against white liberals who think they understand Black people but whose marches and protests against racism accomplish nothing beyond making themselves feel better.  For a white reviewer like myself to evaluate this work…

REVIEW: “Mothers and Sons” at Shakespeare & Company

by Roseann Cane “There is nothing permanent except change.”  –Heraclitus As the lights come up we see two people, a mature woman wrapped in a mink and a handsome man on the outskirts of middle age, peering into the distance. They stand parallel, about a couple of yards apart, in…

REVIEW: “Always…Patsy Cline” at the Sharon Playhouse

by Macey Levin In 1957 Louise Seger of Houston, Texas, had an idol  – Grand Ole Opry star Patsy Cline.  When Cline was going to appear at a club in Houston, Louise and friends fortunately arrived early and a friendship was formed between the working woman and the legendary performer. …

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