REVIEW: “My Fair Lady” at the Mac-Haydn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June, 1999 It is very important to note that “My Fair Lady” is a “musical play”. It is not a musical comedy – that uniquely American art form. Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe took the play “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw, added some songs…

REVIEW: Town Players Present “A View From the Bridge”

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, May 1999 I officially declare the 1999 Berkshire Theatre Season open with the Town Players production of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge”. I declare this so that I can add this production to my list of potential “best shows of the season” when…

REVIEW: “The Oppenheimer Project” (Oppenheimer 2.1)

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, May 1999 I was pleased to learn that D.J. McDonald was bring an updated version of his “Oppenheimer Project” to the Manic Stage. I had enjoyed the version presented there briefly in October, and was interested to see what changes had been wrought over the…

REVIEW: “Dr. Holmes of Boston” at The Manic Stage

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, April 1999 Oliver Wendell Holmes was a doctor of medicine, a popular humor writer, a founder of “The Atlantic” magazine, the owner of a home on Holmes Road in Pittsfield, and the father of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Born in 1809, the…

REVIEW: Town Players Present “”Picasso at the Lapin Agile”

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, January 1999 At one point in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” author Steve Martin,(yes, that Steve Martin) has a minor character admonish Picasso and Einstein saying something to the effect of, “You must watch your words very carefully, or they will turn on you like…

REVIEW: “Scrooge” at Manic Stage

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, December 1998 Manic Stage enters the annual Dickens frenzy this year with their own adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” entitled “Scrooge” (not to be confused with the abysmal musical film of that name released many years ago.) I am happy to say this is a…

REVIEW: “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at MCLA

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, December 1998 In what is becoming a holiday tradition, local artists have once again staged “Amahl and the Night Visitors” in Venable Hall on the MCLA campus as part of the Smith House Concert series. It is a shame that the seats were so very…

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