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My Name is Asher Lev at Timeline

Chaim Potok's Portrait of an Artist in Chicago

By: Susan Hall - 08/31/2014
Chaim Potok's Portrait of an Artist in Chicago My Name is Asher Lev is the story of a boy brought up in an insular world with very particular beliefs and practices. Until recently this world has succeeded in keeping its own in the fold. Very few escape or leave behind the families, religious observances and commitment of the Hasidic world. Lubavitcher ambulances rush all over the boroughs of New York today. Live chickens arrive to be properly slaughtered in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Young couples are married as soon as parents can make an arrangement. They don’t have a chance to think about leaving when they are surrounded by a gaggle of young children. You still see teenage mothers aged by their wigs and their nun-like dress and tied down by several kids hanging from their hems.

Uncle Vanya in Weston, Vermont

New Adaptation Tuned to American Audiences

By: Leanne Jewett - 08/30/2014
New Adaptation Tuned to American AudiencesChekhov strove to make his works "just as complicated and just as simple as ... in real life," He wrote, "People are sitting at a table having dinner, that's all, but at the same time their happiness is being created, or their lives are being torn apart." This production of Uncle Vanya shares Chekhov’s intentions and brings his work to life much as he must have envisioned.

The Future of Theatre

Theatre Communications Group Conference

By: Jack Lyons - 08/29/2014
Theatre Communications Group ConferenceWhen seeking news of what’s happening in American not-for-profit theatre, you can track those happenings via the Theatre Communications Group (TCG). Once a year the organization convenes its National Conference in a different city, allowing members and interested parties to come together, press the flesh, attend workshops and panels, and exchange ideas on the state and future of American theatre.

Two Gentleman of Verona at Old Globe

Shakespeare Summer Season to September 14

By: Jack Lyons - 08/22/2014
Shakespeare Summer Season to September 14This time The Old Globe wraps up their highly successful 2014 Shakespeare Summer Season with the delightfully entertaining rom/com “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, directed by acclaimed Globe Alum and Tony Award nominee Mark Lamos.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Long and Short of the Bard

By: Charles Giuliano - 08/20/2014
Long and Short of the BardWith The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) there is a lot of farce crammed into an evening at the Tina Packer Playhouse of Shakespeare & Company. Based on a raucuous response of a near to packed house on a week night this is the run away comedy hit of the Berkshire season.

A Hatful of Rain at Berkshire Theatre Group

Once Provocative Play Is Rarely Revived

By: Maria Revely - 08/20/2014
Once Provocative Play Is Rarely RevivedWhile the play has relevance to today’s veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and sometimes resulting addictions, the material is dated. Too much information has been spread about war, its effects on families and society, to make these characters’ shock seem real.

Contemporary American Theater Festival

Production of Uncanny Valley Transferring to New York

By: CATF - 08/19/2014
Production of Uncanny Valley Transferring to New York CATF has been invited to transfer its world premiere production of Uncanny Valley by Thomas Gibbons to New York City’s Off-Broadway venue 59E59 Theaters. Hailed as the Festival’s “most satisfying offering” by The Washington Post, Uncanny Valley will be presented by CATF for a four-week run beginning on October 2.

The Mousetrap in Dorset, Vermont

Still Surprising Audiences After 62 Years

By: Leanne Jewett - 08/17/2014
Still Surprising Audiences After 62 YearsThe murders in Agatha Christie’s mysteries are almost incidental. Though there is suspense and intrigue, there is no pandering to mayhem and horror. A puzzle is introduced, enhanced with complications, and finally solved through clever reasoning. The well-acted production at The Dorset Theatre Festival is classic Christie at its best.

The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns

Fun and Frolics at Weston Theatre’s Second Stage

By: Leanne Jewett - 08/16/2014
Fun and Frolics at Weston Theatre’s Second StageFor pure, unadulterated entertainment the juke box musical The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns can’t be beat. It’s polished and professional while retaining the freshness of youth and good-natured fun. It is basically a family-friendly burlesque, a humorous exaggeration of the teen years and loves of four young women.

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