REVIEW: “Casse Noisette” at Bridge Street Theatre

by Barbara Waldinger Casse Noisette, French for Nutcracker and subtitled A Fairy Ballet, is Bridge Street Theatre’s current World Premiere offering. Given these clues, audience members may be excused for expecting Balanchine’s ubiquitous holiday ballet, set to the familiar score of Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, based on Hoffmann’s famous fairy tale.  However, Michael Whistler’s play combines…

REVIEW: WAM Theatre Presents “ANN”

by Macey Levin Ann Richards has become an almost legendary character in a relatively short amount of time.  She was the second female governor of Texas, serving from 1991-1995, as a Democrat in a highly conservative state.  Her colorful life has been brought to the stage by playwright Holland Taylor and is being performed in…

REVIEW: “Naked” at the Berkshire Theatre Group

by Barbara Waldinger Many twenty-first century theatre audiences, who expect real life behavior onstage, much like reality TV, may not know how to react to the work of Luigi Pirandello, whose play Naked is currently on the boards at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre.  Pirandello, writing just after the devastation of World War I with…