Berkshire Theatre Critics Association Announces Winners of 2022 “Berkie” Awards

The 7th annual Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards, aka The Berkies, were awarded last night in a ceremony held at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield. In 22 categories there are 26 winners, including four ties. 1. Outstanding supporting actress in a play:  (TIE) Leah Hocking, All of Me, Barrington Stage Company…

Smith College Theatre Department Presents “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord”

Smith College Theatre Department presents OUR DEAR DEAD DRUG LORD by Alexis Scheer directed by Daniel Elihu KramerOctober 26, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m. October 29 at 2:00 p.m. Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre The Smith College Department of Theatre presents Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Alexis Scheer in Hallie Flanagan…

Changes in Leadership at Chester Theatre Company

After seven successful seasons as Producing Artistic Director at Chester Theatre Company (CTC), Daniel Elihu Kramer is leaving to focus on his increased responsibilities at Smith College and his work as a freelance theatre artist. Chester audiences are already familiar with the organization’s new leaders. Tara Franklin and James Barry, a couple who are known…

REVIEW: “To the Moon and Back” at the Chester Theatre Company

by Barbara Waldinger Chester Theatre Company’s mission statement includes two important goals:  offering audiences “fresh perspectives on vital issues” and developing and supporting new work.  Responding to this, along came Fran Henry, founder of a thirty-year-old organization called Stop It Now!, devoted to preventing “the sexual abuse of  children by…

Chester Theatre Company Closes 2022 Season with “To the Moon and Back”

Chester Theatre Company’s 2022 season will close with the World Premiere of To the Moon and Back, written by Darcy Parker Bruce, and starring Tara Franklin (Tiny Beautiful Things, On the Exhale, Sister Play) and Raye Birk (Curve of Departure) as a daughter and father with history as murky as the dark side of the moon.…

Chester Theatre Company Presents “Pass Over”

Chester, MA–On July 28, Chester Theatre Company (CTC) will begin its two-week run of Pass Over, the show that reopened Broadway in 2021. The three-actor play, which shares some DNA with Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, stars Austin Sasser (Western Reserve Playhouse, Karamu House) as Kitch and Kayodè Soyemi (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Cabaret, Dallas…

Chester Theatre Company Presents “Birds of North America” by Anna Ouyang Moench

On Thursday, July 7, Chester Theatre Company (CTC) opens Birds of North America by Anna Ouyang Moench, “a beautiful look at a father and daughter who find in birding a surprising way to connect—to understand more about themselves, each other, and the changing world around them,” in the words of CTC Producing…

REVIEW: “Pride@Prejudice” at Chester Theatre Company

by Jeannie Marlin Woods When it comes to staging the classics, you have to be aware that the audience arrives with a set of preconceptions. When that classic is a revered novel such as Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, those preconceptions are quite varied and layered. Some spectators may…

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