REVIEW: “Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues” at Shakespeare & Company

by Macey Levin When the audience meanders in to see Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues by Charles Smith at Shakespeare and Company’s Bernstein Theatre they are entertained by recordings of old comedy sketches including “Who’s on First.”  The stage is surrounded by a red gauze curtain offering a glimpse of a…

REVIEW: “Shelley’s Shadow” at Bridge Street Theatre

by Macey Levin Anyone who has been or is a caretaker for a victim of dementia knows the emotional turmoil it causes.  What seems to start as a simple element of aging grows into a life-changing responsibility.  One’s personal time no longer exists.  Quietude no longer exists.  In some cases…

REVIEW: “Shear Madness” at the Sharon Playhouse

by Macey Levin On a recent Thursday evening hundreds of people in Sharon, Connecticut suffered from a similar malady.  Their sides were aching from the non-stop laughter at Sharon Playhouse’s hoot of a show Shear Madness.  There is very little time to catch one’s breath with a host of sterling…

REVIEW: “Waiting for Godot” at Barrington Stage

by Macey Levin One of the first plays of the Theatre of the Absurd was Jean Genet’s “The Maids” in 1947 which was followed by Eugene Ionesco’s “The Bald Soprano” in 1950.  This is a theatrical form that alludes to the absurdity of existence in a grotesque world by a…

REVIEW: “Dracula” at the Berkshire Theatre Group

by Macey Levin Bram Stoker wrote his four-hundred-plus page novel Dracula in 1897.  The world’s best-known vampire story has changed considerably on its way to becoming the play that is now in production at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Hamilton Deane, a British playwright, was the first…

REVIEW: “INVASION!” at the Ancram Opera House

by Macey Levin The intimate Ancram Opera House in Ancram, New York, is producing “Invasion!” by Jonas Hassen Khemiri and translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles, a play that delivers a barrage of themes, witty dialogue, questions and challenges. A talented and vibrant cast of four (Ali Andre Ali, Abuzar Farrukh, Sophie…

REVIEW: “Pass Over” at the Chester Theatre Company

by Macey Levin Pass Over is a difficult but intriguing play receiving a dynamic production at Chester Theatre Company in Chester, Massachusetts.  There are comic moments, emotional confrontations and times of darkness.  It is also rife with various symbols and references. The play is a depiction of America’s black minority…

REVIEW: “Songs for a New World” at the Berkshire Theatre Group

by Macey Levin Jason Robert Brown is a prolific composer/lyricist, the creator of such shows as The Last Five Years, Parade, and The Bridges of Madison County.  His first production, Off-Broadway 1995, was Songs for a New World, originally conceived by Daisy Prince who provided a unifying thematic concept to…

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