REVIEW: “Clarkston” at Bridge Street Theatre

by Macey Levin Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, New York, often does extraordinary work, witness last year’s brilliant production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night.  Last season they presented an exquisite rendering of Samuel D. Hunter’s Lewiston.  Playwright Hunter recently opened A Case For The Existence of God on off-Broadway…

REVIEW: 11th Annual 10×10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage

by Macey Levin As the winter fades the Berkshires theatre season is beginning is off to a effervescent start with Barrington Stage Company’s eleventh edition of 10X10… ten short plays by ten different playwrights. The show opens with the 10×10 players singing and dancing a charming welcome written by Matt…

REVIEW: “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” at Bridge Street Theatre

by Macey Levin The Bridge Street Theatre’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night is the fastest three hours I have ever spent in a theatre. Situated in Catskill, New York, this intimate theatre has produced one interesting and provocative play after another.  The performances and the technical…

REVIEW:”The Chairs” at Shakespeare & Company

by Macey Levin An isolated lighthouse sets the scene for  Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, Massachusetts.  James Warwick has directed a quirky and provocative production of one of the classics of The Theatre of  the Absurd. The plays of Jean Genet, Samuel…

REVIEW: “A Crossing” at Barrington Stage

by Macey Levin There is a dynamic production of a world premiere dance musical, A Crossing, at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield.  It is stunning for the eyes which outweighs some of the problems.  The show, which is sung through, was created through BSC’s Sydelle Blatt New Works Commissioning Program…

REVIEW: “hang” at Shakespeare & Company

by Macey Levin Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, is currently staging hang by debbie tucker green (green prefer to uses lower case.) The play and production are problematic. The show opens in the dark where we hear crowds yelling protestations that build until we see two law enforcement officials…

REVIEW: “Sister Sorry” at Barrington Stage

by Macey Levin A chilling article in The New Yorker entitled “The Confession” by Alec Wilkinson (see PDF of article at bottom of page) is the basis of a riveting play, Sister Sorry, also by Mr. Wilkinson having its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson stage in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.…

REVIEWS: “Nina Simone: Four Women” at the Berkshire Theatre Group

by Macey Levin Nina Simone was an iconic singer during the 1960’s through ‘80’s specializing in pop, rock, soul and R&B, what she called Black classical music.  Nina Simone: Four Women by Christina Ham currently at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is a biographical play with music…

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