REVIEWS: “The Niceties” at the Chester Theatre Company

by Macey Levin The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess is a play for our time that has been brewing for six centuries.  The production by Chester Theatre Company at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield is dynamic, unsettling, beautifully acted and directed. It starts as a student conference between college history professor…

REVIEW: “Bar Mitzvah Boy” at Chester Theatre Company

by Barbara Waldinger Metaphor:  the oft-repeated word describing Rabbi Michael Levitz-Sharon (Tara Franklin)’s view of biblical stories in Mark-Leiren-Young’s Bar Mitzvah Boy.  The Creation of the World in 7 Days, the Burning Bush, Noah’s Ark, the Binding of Isaac—all metaphors, not to be taken literally, according to the Rabbi. This…

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