REVIEW: Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Proctors

by Roseann Cane I am but one of many who consider To Kill a Mockingbird a favorite novel, and the 1962 film adaptation a favorite movie. Stage adaptations I’ve seen over the years have pretty much left me cold. Now the superb road company of Aaron Sorkin’s most recent, highly…

REVIEW: “Boston Marriage” at The Theater Barn

by Roseann Cane The term “Boston Marriage” was likely derived from Henry James’s 1886 novel The Bostonians. In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, the term was used to describe a household where two unmarried women lived together, independent of men. Whether all such relationships were romantic and/or sexual…

REVIEW: “The Approach” at Shakespeare & Company

by Roseann Cane “Mark O’Rowe’s play, The Approach, is a riddle….The story is told by what is not being said.” –from the Directors’ Notes by Mark Farrell and Tina Packer Onstage, at a cafe table, before an aptly expressionist backdrop depicting a bustling, shadowy Dublin street, we witness a series…

REVIEW: “The True” at Capital Repertory Theatre

by Roseann Cane Erastus Corning 2nd (1909-1983), the 72nd mayor of the city of Albany, served a remarkably long term, from 1942 to 1983, earning himself the handle “Mayor for Life.” Scion of a prominent Albany family, Corning was the product of a classic political machine, where a political party–in…

REVIEW: “The Turn of the Screw” at Oldcastle

by Roseann Cane Henry James’s 1898 horror novella, The Turn of the Screw, was first published in a 12-part serial format in Collier’s Weekly. James, a foremost novelist in the English language, found his popularity waning, and although he later said he despised the serial format, he needed income. His…

REVIEW: “Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow” at Capital Rep

by Roseann Cane I don’t think it’s possible to watch Jannie Jones on stage without being utterly beguiled. The actress kicked off Capital Repertory Theatre’s inaugural season, starring in Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow. Written by Larry Parr in 2005, the play is a musical biography of…

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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