REVIEW: “The Turn of the Screw” at Oldcastle

by Roseann Cane Henry James’s 1898 horror novella, The Turn of the Screw, was first published in a 12-part serial format in Collier’s Weekly. James, a foremost novelist in the English language, found his popularity waning, and although he later said he despised the serial format, he needed income. His…

REVIEW: “Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow” at Capital Rep

by Roseann Cane I don’t think it’s possible to watch Jannie Jones on stage without being utterly beguiled. The actress kicked off Capital Repertory Theatre’s inaugural season, starring in Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow. Written by Larry Parr in 2005, the play is a musical biography of…

REVIEWS: “Nina Simone: Four Women” at the Berkshire Theatre Group

by Macey Levin Nina Simone was an iconic singer during the 1960’s through ‘80’s specializing in pop, rock, soul and R&B, what she called Black classical music.  Nina Simone: Four Women by Christina Ham currently at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is a biographical play with music…

REVIEWS: “Shakespeare’s Will” at Oldcastle

SHAKESPEARE’S WILL written by Vern Thiessen. Director: Nathan Stith. Cast: Katrina Ferguson (Anne). Set Design: Richard Howe. Lighting Design: David V. Groupé. Costume Design: Ken Mooney. Sound Design: Cory Wheat. Information SHAKESPEARE’S WILL runs August 6 to August 15. Evening performances (August 6-7 and August 11-14) are at 7:30 p.m.…

REVIEWS: “Boca” at Barrington Stage Company

Boca by Jessica Provenz; Director: Julianne Boyd; Cast: Gilbert Cruz (Luis/Pastor Tom) April Ortiz (Janet/Louise) Debra Jo Rupp (Susan/Iris) Kenneth Tigar (Mo/Bruce) Peggy Pharr Wilson (Elaine/Barbie) Robert Zukerman (Marty/Rabbi Wolberg); Scenic Designer: Brian Prather; Costume Designer: Jen Caprio; Lighting Designer: David Lander; Sound Designer: Alexander Sovronsky; Wig Designer: Mary Schilling-Martin;…

REVIEWS: “Eleanor” at Barrington Stage

by Macey Levin Eleanor Roosevelt is one of America’s most important figures whether male or female.  Playwright Mark St. Germain salutes this ingenious and brave woman in his play Eleanor currently at Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson main stage theatre in Pittsfield.  If one is familiar with her life there is…

REVIEWS: “Chester Bailey” at Barrington Stage Company

by Roseann Cane There are times in the theater when all of the elements required to bring a play to life–the script, the director, the actors, the designers–converge so faultlessly that the result seems like sorcery, a very good kind of sorcery. Barrington Stage Company’s current production of Chester Bailey…

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