REVIEW: “My Witch” at Bridge Street Theatre

by Barbara Waldinger Bookending their fall, 2021 season of American plays, Bridge Street Theatre featured two solo productions, each showcasing a character created by Margaret Hamilton in THE WIZARD OF OZ:  Miss Gulch Returns! in September, and My Witch:  The Margaret Hamilton Stories, currently running.  The former, an original musical…

REVIEW: “An Iliad” at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger Ancram Opera House presents a battle between two superheroes! Featured in an eighth-century B.C. epic poem (Homer’s The Iliad), Achilles, a demi-god, was the most powerful warrior in Ancient Greece, and his nemesis, Hector, was the greatest warrior in Troy.  Actor MaConnia Chesser, playing the Poet, brings…

REVIEW: “The Chairs” at Shakespeare & Company

by Barbara Waldinger Shakespeare & Company’s production of The Chairs has shaved off Ionesco’s sharp edges, anything unpleasant or uncomfortable, focusing instead on the relationship between an Old Man (Malcolm Ingram) and Old Woman (Barbara Sims) who have been married for seventy-five years.   The Old Woman begs her husband…

REVIEW: “A Crossing” at Barrington Stage

by Barbara Waldinger Barrington Stage Company concludes its summer season with a creatively brilliant but flawed spectacle:  A Crossing.  In response to the immigration crises on our southern border, Director Joshua Bergasse, who has been developing this show for six years, seeks to shine a light on the humanity of…

REVIEW: “hang” at Shakespeare & Company

by Barbara Waldinger debbie tucker green has been described as “one of the most stylistically innovative and politically engaged playwrights at work in Britain today.”* Her play, hang, is currently receiving a riveting production directed by Regge Life at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse.   green, who spells her…

REVIEW: “Miss Gulch Returns” at Bridge Street Theatre

by Barbara Waldinger Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, New York, has discovered a lovely way to re-emerge from the hiatus imposed upon the arts by Covid-19, selecting as their 2021 season theme: “American Roots—Re-awakened.”  And what is more American than THE WIZARD OF OZ?  Their first offering of the new…

REVIEW: “Falstaff” at the Berkshire Opera Festival

by Barbara Waldinger Who would have believed that here in the Berkshires we would have our own opera festival showcasing talent from all over the world, including the MET and Italy’s La Scala?  Thanks to co-founders Brian Garman (Artistic Director) and Jonathon Loy (Director of Production), Berkshire Opera Festival presented…

REVIEW: The Plein Air Plays at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger Imagine a team of two producers, co-directors of a tiny gem of an opera house located in the small town of Ancram, New York, tackling the logistical feat of staging three short, site- specific plays, performed simultaneously in residents’ yards and on a baseball field, whose spectators…

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