REVIEW: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Manic Stage

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, November, 1998 If you love Shakespeare then this is your lucky month! The Manic Stage began the onslaught, opening “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” last Thursday. Williamstheatre, Mt. Greylock, and McCann weigh in this week with productions of “Twelfth Night”, “Hamlet”, and another “Midsummer” respectively later…

PREVIEW: The 1998 Fall Festival of Shakespeare

Preview article by Gail M. Burns, November, 1998 For the past two months students at McCann, Mt. Greylock, and eight other western Massachusetts high schools have been hard at work preparing their Shakespearean productions for public performance. This is the week that McCann will offer local audiences “A Midsummer Night’s…

REVIEW: “The Oppenheimer Project (Oppenheimer 2.0)” at Manic Stage

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, October, 1998 D.J. McDonald and Jennifer Johanos have done a great deal of work and research on the life and times of J. Robert Oppenheimer in creating their multimedia piece “Oppenheimer 2.0”, playing this weekend only at the Manic Stage. And therein lies the problem…

REVIEW: “Carmen” at Berkshire Opera Company

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, October, 1998 Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves was described in the Berkshire Opera Company literature as “the world’s reigning Carmen”. Being an opera idiot, I was not quite sure what that meant, until I went to Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood last night and was enlighted. Although they…

REVIEW: “Trapped in the Car with Mom” at Barrington Stage

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, October, 1998 Its a wonderful title, isn’t it? “Trapped in the Car with Mom” is a new musical-in-progress currently being presented by Barrington Stage in the Clock Tower Building in Pittsfield. The show was presented in staged readings at Barrington Stage’s summer home in Sheffield…

REVIEW: “Glimpses of the Moon” at Shakespeare & Company

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, October, 1998 Shakespeare & Company does many things well, but the two things it must do well to survive are stage Shakespeare and adapt Edith Wharton to the stage. In “Glimpses of the Moon” they have done the latter very well, but Edith Wharton, no…

REVIEW: “The Triumph of Darkness” at Shakespeare & Company

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, October, 1998 Shakespeare & Company’s annual Halloween benefit – is highly entertaining and a lousy night of theatre. I have been wrestling with this dichotomy ever since I drove away from The Mount on Friday night. What is an entertainment presented by actors with sets…

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