REVIEW: WAM Theatre Presents “Cadillac Crew”

by Jeannie Marlin Woods The WAM Theatre is a remarkable company in the Berkshires and in the country. With a devout mission to create “a place of groundbreaking theatrical stories, female empowerment, and transformative action,” the theater does just that. The company’s newest work, CADILLAC CREW, now playing at Shakespeare…

REVIEW: “Buyer and Cellar” at the Ghent Playhouse

by Jeannie Marlin Woods The season opener at the Ghent Playhouse is a charmer. Sam Reilly turns in a totally endearing performance in this solo piece. BUYER & CELLAR may best be described as a “fantasia.” The actor tells us at the beginning it is fiction, not a real story.…

REVIEW: “Still Life” at the Ancram Opera House

by Jeannie Marlin Woods STILL LIFE, by Emily Mann, opened September 30th at the Ancram Opera House. A collaboration with Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company, this drama is an emotional and gut-wrenching play. Audience members are advised in advance with this content warning: “Please be advised that the content in this…

REVIEW: “The Full Monty” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

by Jeannie Marlin Woods THE FULL MONTY, which opened August 18th at the Mac-Haydn Theatre ends with a big,show-stopping song and dance number called “Let It Go.” Warning: this is not the world of Elsaand FROZEN! Instead, we are in down-on-its-luck Buffalo, New York, maybe in the 1980s,where the local…

REVIEW: “Guys and Dolls” at the Sharon Playhouse

by Jeannie Marlin Woods There was a tremendous joy and a celebratory air at the July 29 opening of GUYS AND DOLLS at the Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, Connecticut. This was the Playhouse’s first fully-produced show in three years. In coming back after the COVID pandemic, the Playhouse side-stepped the…

REVIEW: “Man of God” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

by Jeannie Marlin Woods MAN OF GOD by Anna Ouyang Moench, currently on the Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, is an astonishing theatrical adventure. With a burst of K-Pop music, the lights come up on a hotel room in Bangkok and four Korean-American teenagers in a super big…

REVIEW: “Pride@Prejudice” at Chester Theatre Company

by Jeannie Marlin Woods When it comes to staging the classics, you have to be aware that the audience arrives with a set of preconceptions. When that classic is a revered novel such as Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, those preconceptions are quite varied and layered. Some spectators may…

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