REVIEW: “Pass Over” at the Chester Theatre Company

by Macey Levin Pass Over is a difficult but intriguing play receiving a dynamic production at Chester Theatre Company in Chester, Massachusetts.  There are comic moments, emotional confrontations and times of darkness.  It is also rife with various symbols and references. The play is a depiction of America’s black minority…

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…

REVIEW: “An Iliad” at Shakespeare & Company

by Macey Levin MaConnia Chesser is delivering a riveting performance in Shakespeare and Company’s one-woman play An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare.  It was previously performed by Chesser at the Ancram Opera House where the director of this production, Jeffrey Mousseau, originally staged it and is that company’s…

Chester Theatre Company Announces Casting for its 33rd Season

The Return to Town Hall Theatre Includes Audience Favorites and New Faces After two seasons away, Chester Theatre Company (CTC), under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Daniel Elihu Kramer, is thrilled to return to the Town Hall Theatre, its beloved home in Chester, MA. “As wonderful as it was to…

REVIEW: “An Iliad” at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger Ancram Opera House presents a battle between two superheroes! Featured in an eighth-century B.C. epic poem (Homer’s The Iliad), Achilles, a demi-god, was the most powerful warrior in Ancient Greece, and his nemesis, Hector, was the greatest warrior in Troy.  Actor MaConnia Chesser, playing the Poet, brings…

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…

Chester Theatre Company Presents “The Niceties”

A Story of Race, History, and Power on an Elite College Campus Chester, MA – Chester Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to present Eleanor Burgess’s The Niceties at Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield, MA, from July 14-25. The play is inspired, in part, by a 2015 controversy at Yale, where…

REVIEW: “Title and Deed” Chester Theatre Company at Hancock Shaker Village

by Macey Levin Title and Deed by Will Eno is an intriguing play produced by Chester Theatre Company at the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  The playwright is a major contributor to off-Broadway’s dynamic and experimental theatre philosophy as opposed to Broadway’s “sure-hit” crowd pleasers, though he has had…

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