REVIEW: “Time Stands Still” at Shakespeare & Company

by Barbara Waldinger “I live off the suffering of strangers.  I build a career on the sorrows of people I don’t know and will never see again. . . I’m such a fraud.” These concerns are expressed by international photojournalist Sarah Goodman in a revealing moment as she recuperates from…

REVIEW: “The Children” at Shakespeare & Company

by Macey Levin   First came the earthquake, then the tsunami that devastated villages, inundated farms, caused massive beach erosion and flooded a nuclear power plant along the English coast.  All this occurs before the beginning of Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children, a provocative play currently enjoying an intelligent and engrossing…

REVIEW: “The Waverly Gallery” at Shakespeare & Company

by Macey Levin   Kenneth Lonergan’s play The Waverly Gallery had its off-Broadway debut in 2000 and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize the following year. It dramatizes the story of Gladys Green who, over a two-year period, slips from mild senility to full-blown dementia. The original production and the recent…

REVIEW: “Mothers and Sons” at Shakespeare & Company

by Roseann Cane “There is nothing permanent except change.”  –Heraclitus As the lights come up we see two people, a mature woman wrapped in a mink and a handsome man on the outskirts of middle age, peering into the distance. They stand parallel, about a couple of yards apart, in…

REVIEW” “Creditors” at Shakespeare & Company

by Barbara Waldinger In a recent interview with the Times Union, Nicole Ricciardi, director of Shakespeare & Company’s current production of Creditors, describes the play as “one ninety-minute song.” Despite the fact that there is no music, Ricciardi and her consummate cast devote themselves to “following the rhythm” in Strindberg’s…

REVIEW: “Morning After Grace” at Shakespeare & Company

by Barbara Waldinger For its first production of the 2018 season, Shakespeare & Company dispenses with kings, queens and wars, instead seeking a perfect marriage between the characters depicted onstage and the viewing audience.  Although, alas, no perfect marriage exists for the three mature characters in Carey Crim’s Morning After…

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