• Constellations At Berkshire Theater Group

    Links Quantum Physics with Human Relationships

    By: Maria Reveley - Aug 12th, 2016

    A love story set against the backdrop of quantum physics. Brilliantly written and superbly acted, Kate Baldwin and Graham Rowat succeed in hitting the high and low notes of their characters' lives, moving seamlessly from one universe to another, and bringing the audience along with them.

  • Peerless by Jiehae Park in Pittsfield

    Affirmative Action Via Macbeth

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 25th, 2016

    In a raucous, energetic, daunting production of Peerless by Jiehae Park Barrington Stage has boldly brought twentysomething, off off Broadway to the Berkshires. This assault to the senses may not be appealing to older audiences. It gives us a lively glimpse into the mind set of evil twns evoking Macbeth to murder their way to acceptance at the colleges of their choice. Does that make sense?

  • Shakespeare Globe's Merchant of Venice

    Jonathan Pryce a Complicated Shylock

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 24th, 2016

    Man’s cruelty to man is central to this comedy. This production wraps the audience into its web with humor, shock and awe.

  • Romance Novels for Dummies at WTF

    No Southern Comfort from Boo Killebrew

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 24th, 2016

    What happens when you conflate Old Miss and Brooklyn routed through Boston University? As a playwright Boo Killebrew draws on her childhood and the heritage of gracious Southern women with the here-and-now sexual politics of a single mother and her sister traying to get the shards of her life together. That illusion of a stay at home wife and mother came to a screeching end with the death of her husband. Now just 29 she is picking up the pieces in a misfired drama striving for comedy.

  • Sense and Sensibility at Old Globe

    Jane Austen Sparkles in San Diego

    By: Jack Lyons - Jul 23rd, 2016

    San Diego’s venerable Old Globe Theatre is currently staging a vibrant, engaging and thoroughly delightful production of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”.

  • War Paint at Chicago's Goodman Theatre

    Competing Costemtic Queens

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 22nd, 2016

    War Paint is the story of two cosmetic industry pioneers, women who achieved corporate success in an era when it was even more difficult to do so than today. But once you get past the competition between the Polish Jewish immigrant Helena Rubinstein (Patti LuPone) and the sunny blonde Elizabeth Arden (Christine Ebersole) known for her pink color palette, there’s not much story left.

  • Ira J. Bilowit at 90

    Renowned New York Theatre Critic

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 22nd, 2016

    Although elderly and in poor health Ira J. Bilowit, who has passed away at 90, continued to cover and work in theatre. Just last November he was co-chair, with Sherry Eaker, of a New York conference of the American Theratre Critics Association. He was among the most respected and revered members of that organization.

  • Buyer and Cellar at Miracle Theatre

    One Man Show in Coral Gables

    By: Aaron Krause - Jul 22nd, 2016

    Barbra Streisand is in this original and highly entertaining play – sort of, although you believe she really is, judging from the electrifying, hyperventilation-defying, incredible performance from award-winning actor Chris Crawford. He plays a handful of characters throughout the roughly one-hour, 45-minute play with no intermission.

  • Moliere's Bourgeois Gentilhomme

    French Production at Lincoln Center Festival

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 21st, 2016

    Moiiere's gift for embedding comedy in character, and weaving the elements of musical theatre in a unified whole were on full display at the Gerald Lynch Theatre. We continue coverage of the annual Lincoln Center Festival.

  • Macbeth at Stratford Festival

    Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino Rethinks the Scottish Play

    By: Herbert Simpson - Jul 21st, 2016

    Shakespeare’s Macbeth was presented with no timid wariness about “the Scottish play” but instead a dark, mysterious exploration full of visual and emotional surprises, including a sexy young Macbeth and a terrifying, shifting landscape dominated by the three witches, not the royal killer couple. Stratford’s Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino is clearly the star of the production, directing it where it usually doesn’t go.

  • The Pirates of Penzance at Barrington Stage

    Swashbuckling Rogues Invade Pittsfied.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 21st, 2016

    In a world gone utterly mad, for a great escape, there is nothing quite like an evening at Barrington Stage and the swashbuckling production of the perennial Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan. It has been masterfully created by that other theatrcal partnership Rando and Bergasse the pair that brought Barrington's On the Town to Broadway.

  • 1927's Golem at Lincoln Center

    Modern, Modern Times Are Here

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 27th, 2016

    Golem One looks part Botero in the lobby of the Time Warner building, where kids play with the tiny penis all day. Golem 2 is more like Chaplin in a St Exupery aviator outfit. Golem 3 is an amalgam of all the visuals we’ve seen. Intriguing. This enchanting theatrical drama uses every imaginable tool to achieve its ends.

  • The Stone Witch

    A Play That Deals With Fame, Ambition and Aging

    Rupak Ginn & Judd Hirsch
    By: Maria Reveley - Jul 29th, 2016

    An ambitious unpublished author is guided to meet his writing idol through an editor. What unravels reveals how fame can isolate, and how ambition can move one to do unexpected things. Judd Hirsch is a marvel, Kristin Griiffith shines and Rupak Ginn turns in a nuanced performance.

  • Or, by Liz Duffy Owens in Lenox

    The First Woman Playwright Aphra Behn at S&Co;.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 30th, 2016

    In A Room of One's Own, a speech delivered to college women, by Virginia Woolf, I first learned of Aphra Behn (1640-1689). During the bawdy period of Restoration comedy she was the first British woman to earn a living writing plays. In addition to a play about her Or, and a play by her, The Emperor of the Moon, through the efforts of Shakespeare & Company we now know a lot more about this pioneer of women in theatre.

  • Einstein's Gift by Vern Thiessen

    Genesis Theatricals in Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Aug 09th, 2016

    Despite its title, Vern Thiessen’s play is the story of Fritz Haber (Chris Saunders), a German Jewish chemist who made important discoveries, one of which won him the 1918 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. That discovery—which synthesized ammonia for use in fertilizers and explosives — also became the chlorine gas that killed thousands of soldiers on both sides in World War I. In particular, it was the poison gas used in the 1915 Battle of Ypres, with 100,000 casualties.

  • Alice Austen, Photographer Portrayed

    Robin Rice Conjures A Life

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 08th, 2016

    Alice Austen is well-known to residents of Staten Island, where her family home, Clear Comfort was perched on a hill over looking the New York harbor. Like Vivien Maier her story attracts the attention now that it did not in her own lifetime.

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Sol Theatre in Boca Raton

    By: Aaron Krause - Aug 08th, 2016

    In a traditional production of “Midsummer,” the setting of law and order is the palace of Duke Theseus. In this production, that setting becomes Hermia’s house and the nearby school.

  • An American Daughter at Williamstown

    Revival by Pulitzer/Tony Winner Wendy Wasserstein

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 07th, 2016

    Tony and Pulitzer winning Wendy Wasserstein, who died ten years ago at 55, was among the most successful and admired playwrights of her generation. One of her lesser Broadway plays, An American Daughter, is being revived at Williamstown Theatre Festival. It features a strong woman and candidate for high office who, because of a gaffe on camera, is being crucified by the media. Does this sound familiar?

  • Stalking the Bogeyman at GableStage

    David Holthouse Play in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Aug 06th, 2016

    The play, “Stalking the Bogeyman,” by David Holthouse illustrates to what extent silence can aggravate, anger and agonize. The piece is a gripping, thought-provoking, bold theatrical work running through Aug. 28 in a riveting Southeastern premiere production by GableStage in Coral Gables, Florida.

  • Butler by Richard Strand in New York

    How Fort Monroe Launched Emancipation

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 04th, 2016

    Dusting off a proud fact of VIrginia's history, playwright Richard Strand provides a hugely entertaining evening of theatre on the dour subjects of the Civil War and slavery.

  • Cry "Havoc" by Stephan Wolfert

    Must See Theatre at S&Co;.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 04th, 2016

    Last year the one-man-show Cry "Havoc" by Stephan Wolfert was given a couple of performances at Shakespeare & Company. It has returned with a longer but limited engagement. A number of individuals during a post performance talk back indicated that they returned to see it again. This is an astonishing and visceral experience that one simply must see at least once. It is arguaby the most compelling show of the Berkshire season. It has been hinted that it may become an annual event for the company.

  • Grey Gardens at Ahmanson Theatre

    Eccentric Relatives of Jackie O

    By: Jack Lyons - Aug 03rd, 2016

    Grey Gardens” is once again being staged by the award-winning director Michal Wilson who helmed the production back in 2007. His cast in this 2016 production stars a sensational Rachel York as ‘little’ Edie Beale/Edith, and a terrific Betty Buckley as Edith Bouvier Beale.

  • Let the Good Times Roll

    Summer Fun in Charleston

    By: Sandy Katz - Aug 02nd, 2016

    For fabulous summer fun Let the Good Times Roll at Charleston's Music Hall.

  • Foreign Affairs 2016 in Berlin, Germany

    A Commentary

    By: Angelika Jansen - Aug 01st, 2016

    "Foreign Affairs," the international performing arts festival at the Berliner Festspiele is history, literally. This year's festival was the last one of its five-year run. The last three years were under the artistic leadership of Matthias von Hartz and brought ever-expanding public involvement and an increasingly frenetic search for innovative alternatives to theater practices at large. Here is an overview and musings about the final festival as named.

  • Breath of Kings: Rebellion

    Stratford Festival of Canada

    By: Herbert Simpson - Jul 20th, 2016

    We welcome the distinguished critic Herbert Simpson and his coverage of Stratford Festival of Canada. Here he reviews Breath of Kings: Rebellion Richard II and Henry IV Part 1I which will be performed through September 24.

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