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: “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…

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…

REVIEW: “Cymbeline” at Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare’s “tragical-comical-historical-pastoral” by Barbara Waldinger Congratulations to Tina Packer and her supremely talented and versatile cast and crew on their gorgeous production of Cymbeline at Shakespeare & Company!  We are transported back to the early glory days of the company, outdoors at the Mount, when performers surrounded the audience as they brought to life the…

“Created Equal: Battling Oppression” at Temple Anshe Amunim

Created Equal: Battling Oppression – On Stage Monday, August 21, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Anshe Amunim It doesn’t require appreciation of recent events to prove that the promise of the Declaration of Independence has been broken by Americans—often, as history is awash with examples.  Created Equal is an evening of staged readings of four short plays…