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…

REVIEWS: “Boca” at Barrington Stage Company

Boca by Jessica Provenz; Director: Julianne Boyd; Cast: Gilbert Cruz (Luis/Pastor Tom) April Ortiz (Janet/Louise) Debra Jo Rupp (Susan/Iris) Kenneth Tigar (Mo/Bruce) Peggy Pharr Wilson (Elaine/Barbie) Robert Zukerman (Marty/Rabbi Wolberg); Scenic Designer: Brian Prather; Costume Designer: Jen Caprio; Lighting Designer: David Lander; Sound Designer: Alexander Sovronsky; Wig Designer: Mary Schilling-Martin;…

REVIEWS: “The Niceties” at the Chester Theatre Company

by Macey Levin The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess is a play for our time that has been brewing for six centuries.  The production by Chester Theatre Company at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield is dynamic, unsettling, beautifully acted and directed. It starts as a student conference between college history professor…

REVIEWS: “Eleanor” at Barrington Stage

by Macey Levin Eleanor Roosevelt is one of America’s most important figures whether male or female.  Playwright Mark St. Germain salutes this ingenious and brave woman in his play Eleanor currently at Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson main stage theatre in Pittsfield.  If one is familiar with her life there is…

REVIEWS: “Becoming Othello” at Shakespeare & Company

by Roseann Cane I’ve had the good fortune to see some exceptional theater in my time, plays that are the product of finely tuned writing, acting, directing, and design, and to me there is no better feeling than the exhilaration of knowing that I’ve been changed in some way between…

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