REVIEW: “Every Brilliant Thing!” at Chester

Brilliant! by Barbara Waldinger Bravo to the Chester Theatre Company for daring to present the highly imaginative and moving production of Duncan MacMillan and Jonny Donahoe’s Every Brilliant Thing! To accommodate this one-man, audience participation play, Chester’s Town Hall Theatre reconfigured its space for the first time in twenty-eight years from a proscenium to a…

Berkshire Theatre Group Announces Additions to the Fall and Winter Seasons

Pittsfield, MA– Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO Kate Maguire are excited to announce additions to the fall and winter seasons, as well as casting for the Fall production of David Auburn’s Lost Lake at The Unicorn Theatre. Kate Maguire says, “We are thrilled to present Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner, David Auburn’s, Lost Lake, as our Fall production. David has…

Jazz Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire Brings Blue Note-backed Quartet to EMPAC

On the heels of his new album A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard Troy, NY — On Wednesday, August 16, at 8PM, jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire will perform with his quartet at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Signed to the legendary Blue Note record label, Akinmusire is a rising star in American jazz. At 19, Akinmusire began…

REVIEW: “At Home at The Zoo” in Stockbridge

by Macey Levin Edward Albee burst onto the theatre scene in 1957 with his stark and multi-layered The Zoo Story leading into a celebrated career that includes Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Tiny Alice, A Delicate Balance, Seascape, The Goat and many others. He is known for his thematic concepts regarding the relationship amongst families,…

A Comedy of Reinvention, Survival, and Doing Drag

by Gail M. Burns Matthew Lopez’ work was first introduced to Dorset Theatre Festival audiences in 2013 when then brand new Artistic Director Dina Janis directed his play The Whipping Man, a drama exploring racial tensions in the immediate aftermath of the American Civil War. Now Stephen Brackett is directing Lopez’ comedy The Legend of…

Uplifting Stories and Cathartic Songs About Death

by Gail M. Burns Young Jean Lee’s We’re Gonna Die is described as “Part pop/indie rock cabaret, part storytelling—a life affirming show about one thing we all have in common.” That would be death. This is a show about the inevitability of death and dying. And according to Vogue it’s “goofily grim” and “wildly entertaining.”…