REVIEW: “The Mountaintop” at the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company

by Jeannie Marlin Woods The setting for THE MOUNTAINTOP is extremely specific: Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis, Tennessee. The date, April 3, 1968, is full of significance. It is the day before the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be assassinated on the balcony of the…

Review of “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: “Shirley Valentine” at the Berkshire Theatre Group

by Jeannie Marlin Wood SHIRLEY VALENTINE is a one-woman comedy performed with charm, sensitivity, and great warmth by Corinna May. This play by Willy Russell is now playing at the Berkshire Theatre Group‘s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge and it brings us into the small, drab world of Shirley from the…

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 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: “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 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: “The World Goes Round” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

by Emily Edelman Currently playing at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, New York, is the musical revue “The World Goes ‘Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb.” More than just a greatest-hits collection, this revue showcases the obvious (a la songs from “Cabaret,” “Chicago” and “New York, New York”) while…

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