REVIEW: “English” at Barrington Stage Company

by Paula Kaplan-Reiss All Americans know how privileged we are that English is a universal language. Rarely are we forced to learn a second language. Traveling and studying are not often impeded by our inability to speak or read the native tongue of other countries. Sanaz Toossi, an Iranian-American playwright…

REVIEW: “A New Brain” at Barrington Stage

by Paula Kaplan-Reiss A New Brain, by William Finn, is receiving a new life at Barrington Stage in a collaboration with Williamstown Theatre Festival. What a thrill to have the playwright/composer in the audience to witness this exceptional revival, first produced at Lincoln Center in 1998 and revived in 2015.…

REVIEW: “Something Rotten” Playhouse Stage Company in Washington Park

by Paula Kaplan-Reiss As someone privileged to see the original Broadway production of Something Rotten in 2015, starring Brian D’Arcy James and Tony winner Christian Borle, I was excited to have the chance to see this satirical musical again. Yet, I tempered my expectations for the outdoor production offered by…

REVIEW: “The Stones” at Great Barrington Public Theater

by Paula Kaplan-Reiss The Stones by Kit Brookman, in its American premiere at Great Barrington Public Theater, was first presented the summer of 2022 at the Edinburgh Festival. Director Michelle Joyner, intrigued by the provocative and compelling plot of this one-man show, elegantly directs Ryan Winkles as Nick, a teacher…

REVIEW: “Dear Jack, Dear Louise” at Shakespeare & Company

by Paula Kaplan-Reiss The sun starts to set on a glorious late spring evening over Shakespeare & Company’s outdoor Roman Garden Theatre. As the birds chirp and fly overhead and 40’s music is piped in, we are in a perfect setting for a love story: Ken Ludwig’s Dear Jack, Dear…

REVIEW: “Ruthless!” at the Ghent Playhouse

by Paula Kaplan-Reiss EDITOR’S NOTE: An unfortunate error was made in the editing of this review when it was first posted. That error has been corrected to the satisfaction of the editor and the critic. Berkshire on Stage apologizes for the distress that the original post caused. When Sylvia St.…

REVIEW: “‘night, Mother” at Home Made Theater

by Paula Kaplan-Reiss Audience members to Home Made Theater‘s production of ‘night, Mother, the 1983 Pulitzer prize winning play by Marsha Norman, are led through the kitchen and living room of a small country home as we are seated, creating immediate intimacy with this mother daughter drama. We are warned…

REVIEW: “The Wedding Singer” at SLOC

by Paula Kaplan-Reiss Everybody loves a wedding, watching a couple in love get married and dance to their favorite tunes sung by the perfect wedding singer. SLOC Musical Theatre presents “The Wedding Singer” in Schenectady, NY, showcasing the wedding singer, Robbie Hart (Brendan Brierly) and the innocent waitress, Julia Sullivan…

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