REVIEW: “Once Upon a Time in the Berkshires” in Williamstown

Williamstown Theatre Festival Engages the Berkshire Community by Barbara Waldinger Williamstown Theatre Festival, in its second season of COMMUNITY WORKS, has proven that is it no longer the distant “Theatre on the Hill,” but an active participant in the life of the Berkshires.  With over eighty performers gathered during a year of community workshops with…

REVIEW: “This” at Barrington Stage

This One’s For You by Barbara Waldinger Barrington Stage Company’s play captures “the hilarious yet touching relationships of a circle of friends as they back their way into middle age.”  So reads Barrington Stage Company’s description of Melissa James Gibson’s play, This. True, but their production offers infinitely more to the fortunate theatregoers who make their…

REVIEW: Capitol Steps “Orange is the New Barack”

Stapitol Ceps by Barbara Waldinger What would summer in the Berkshires be like without a new edition of Capitol Steps, currently in residence at Cranwell’s Harvest Barn, their tenth year in Lenox?  This company of singing parodists, whose motto is:  “We put the ‘Mock’ in Democracy,” have been performing throughout the country live, on radio,…

REVIEW: “Arsenic and Old Lace” in Stockbridge

“Arsenic”—Old Hat? by Barbara Waldinger Can this 1941 farcical black comedy still amuse an audience in 2017?  You bet–check out Berkshire Theatre Group’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace on The Fitzpatrick Main Stage.  If its initial pre-war audience craved an escapist entertainment, perhaps we too might be grateful to enjoy a good laugh and…