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…

REVIEWS: “Shakespeare’s Will” at Oldcastle

by Jeannie Marlin Woods Undoubtedly, William Shakespeare is one of the most intriguing figures in history and literature. Our fascination is due, in part, to the paucity of verifiable information on the life of the world’s greatest playwright. Even fewer facts are known about his wife, Anne Hathaway. So, SHAKESPEARE’S…

REVIEWS: “Boca” at Barrington Stage Company

by Macey Levin The city of Boca Raton, Florida, conjures up an image of high-end country clubs and safe gated communities.  A new play, Boca by Jessica Provenz, produced at Barrington Stage Company’s tent at their Production Center, is a series of twelve ten-minute plays that take place in this…

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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