REVIEW: “The Lyin’ Kings” Capitol Steps at Cranwell Resort

by Fred Baumgarten In this era of social media and spoofy news shows – John Oliver, Trevor Noah, Saturday Night Live, the Onion, Andy Borowitz, etc. – when political jokes travel the world faster than you can say “Trump,” how does a musical revue that “puts the mock in democracy”…

REVIEW: “Peter and the Starcatcher” at GhostLit Rep

by Macey Levin   Peter and the Starcatcher, Rick Elice’s prequel to James Barrie’s Peter Pan, seems to be building a cult-like reputation.  This raucous play is produced by the GhostLit Repertory Theatre Company at Great Barrington’s St. James Place.  There are problems some of which are attributable to the…

REVIEW: “Outside Mullingar” at Berkshire Theatre Group

by Barbara Waldinger We have often heard that good casting is responsible for 95% of a play’s success. That is especially true for Berkshire Theatre Group’s Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley. The play was directed by Karen Allen, who has had a successful acting career for forty years in…

REVIEW: “Into the Woods” at Barrington Stage

by Roseann Cane As Barrington Stage Company‘s production of Into the Woods opens, we’re presented with a group of fairy-tale familiar characters, including Cinderella (Amanda Robles); Jack (the Beanstalk climber, played by Clay Singer); Little Red Riding Hood (Dorcas Leung), and Rapunzel (Anna Tobin). A dapper narrator (Thom Sesma) draws…

REVIEW: “Breakwater” at Barrington Public Theater

by Barbara Waldinger What a pleasure to attend the appealing and comfortable McConnell Theatre at Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where Barrington Public Theater makes its debut—Breakwater by Jim Frangione.  Facing the audience is a deep, wide proscenium stage, depicting beige sand dunes in Hyannis circa 1990,…

REVIEW: “The Night Alive” at the Chester Theatre Company

by Macey Levin   The Night Alive by Conor McPherson is the story of five Dubliners bumbling through life and often at odds with one another.  McPherson, the award winning playwright of Shining City, The Seafarer, The Weir and many others, has an ear for realistic dialogue full of incomplete…

REVIEW: “The Fantasticks” at Silverthorne Theater

by Jenny Hansell Don’t gore my ox, and I won’t gore yours. If I criticize the musical The Fantasticks, you may react with as much hostility as I did when I read the recent takedown of Hamilton in The Nation, in which the writer accused Lin-Manuel Miranda of glossing over…

REVIEW: “America 2.1:  The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro” at Barrington Stage

by Barbara Waldinger The Berkshires as a summer destination attracts visitors who want to escape the heat, seek cultural enrichment, and bask in outdoor activities in beautiful surroundings.  One might assume that theatrical offerings would cater to the wishes and expectations of this part-time audience.  But Artistic Director Julianne Boyd,…

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