REVIEW:”The Chairs” at Shakespeare & Company

by Macey Levin An isolated lighthouse sets the scene for  Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, Massachusetts.  James Warwick has directed a quirky and provocative production of one of the classics of The Theatre of  the Absurd. The plays of Jean Genet, Samuel…

REVIEW: “hang” at Shakespeare & Company

by Barbara Waldinger debbie tucker green has been described as “one of the most stylistically innovative and politically engaged playwrights at work in Britain today.”* Her play, hang, is currently receiving a riveting production directed by Regge Life at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse.   green, who spells her…

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…

REVIEW: “Fall Springs” at Barrington Stage

by Barbara Waldinger   A musical about fracking?  Is it doomed to share the fate suffered by entertainments on such unlikely subjects as Anne Frank or Anna Karenina, the Musicals:  obscurity and a critical chorus of “What could they have been thinking?” Decidedly not! Fall Springs by Niko Tsakalakos (music…

REVIEW: Topdog/Underdog” at Shakespeare & Company

by Roseann Cane   I lived in Manhattan for many years, and, particularly downtown and in other neighborhoods heavily populated with tourists, fast-talking young men enticing naive people to bet on a game of three-card monte were a familiar sight. Standing behind makeshift tables made of a few crates and…

REVIEW: “Gertrude and Claudius” at Barrington Stage Company

by Barbara Waldinger Gertrude and Claudius, Barrington Stage Company’s newest offering by Mark St. Germain, based on John Updike’s 2000 novel by the same name, might well have been called simply Gertrude, for this is her story.  A prequel to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the play traces thirty years in the life…

REVIEW: “Twelfth Night” at Shakespeare & Company

by Jenny Hansell   Cross-dressing, mistaken identity, unrequited love, bawdy humor, and a few heart-stopping moments of darkness and deep emotion:  Shakespeare & Company’s hugely talented and appealing company works hard to make every word of Twelfth Night breathe as if freshly written.   Sticking with the play pretty much…

REVIEW: “America 2.1:  The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro” at Barrington Stage

by Barbara Waldinger The Berkshires as a summer destination attracts visitors who want to escape the heat, seek cultural enrichment, and bask in outdoor activities in beautiful surroundings.  One might assume that theatrical offerings would cater to the wishes and expectations of this part-time audience.  But Artistic Director Julianne Boyd,…

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