REVIEW: “West Side Story” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 1999 “West Side Story” is the only musical on this season’s Mac-Haydn roster not to have won the Tony Award for Best Musical. It lost in 1957 to “The Music Man”, which opened the Mac-Haydn’s 1999 season. Comparing those two shows is like comparing…

REVIEW: “Bells Are Ringing” at Oldcastle

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 1999 I was so excited to see “Bells Are Ringing” on Oldcastle’s 1999 schedule. This happy 1956 musical with music by Jule Styne and book and lyrcis by Betty Comden and Adolph Green is not done nearly enough. I looked forward to Friday evening…

REVIEW: “HelloHiThanks”

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July 1999 Sometimes you find theatre in the strangest places. On Tuesday night I found it way at the back of the playing fields at Mt. Greylock Regional High School. It was an idyllic summer evening, still light throughout the 7 PM show, which ran…

PREVIEW: “Apartment 3A” at The Manic Stage

Preview article by Gail M. Burns, July 1999 (This is a preview interview that I did with the director and cast of “Apartment 3A” on July 22. I will be seeing the show on July 31 and reviewing it for “The Transcript”) The Manic Stage sends out the message loud and clear…

PREVIEW: “Wet Paint” at the Manic Stage

Preview article by Gail M. Burns, July 1999 (With only two staged readings offered, I was unable to see and review “Wet Paint” for “The Transcript”. This is a preview interview that I did with the author, Eric Rudd.) Eric Rudd has lived among us here in northern Berkshire for…

REVIEW: “Moby Dick – Rehearsed” at the Berkshire Theatre Festival

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 1999 Here you have playwright Orson Welles (“Citizen Kane”) adapting Herman Melville (“Moby Dick”) for the stage by way of William Shakespeare (“King Lear”). The results are everything you would expect – intense, brilliant, filled with human angst. The one thing “Moby Dick –…

REVIEW: “Shoot the Piano Player” at the Berkshire Theatre Festival

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 1999 It is a dangerous proposition when the author, the director and the producer of a play are one and the same person. Richard Corley, who wears all those hats in the BTF Unicorn production of “Shoot The Piano Player” undoubtedly really loves the…

REVIEW: “Monsters of Grace” at MASS MoCA

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July 1999 “Angels and ministers of grace defend us!” Hamlet cries when he first sees his father’s ghost in Act I, scene iv. When Robert Wilson, who came up with the visual concept for this 3-D digital opera, was touring in a one-man “Hamlet” he…

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