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…

REVIEW: “The Royale” at Capital Repertory Theatre

How do you depict a prize fight onstage without the boxers landing a single blow?  In The Royale, playwright Marco Ramirez takes on this challenge, reaching for every theatrical tool in his arsenal to bring to life this electrifying production inspired by the struggles of iconic black heavyweight Jack Johnson.  In Capital Repertory Theatre’s current…

REVIEW: “La Traviata” at Panopera

by Fred Baumgarten Panopera’s presentation of La Traviata at the Academy of Music in Northampton straddled the line between professional quality and amateur production. On the strength of some good singing, sincerity, and charm, let’s call it a win. La Traviata (roughly, “The Fallen One”), arguably Giuseppe Verdi’s most popular opera and certainly his most breezily tuneful, tells…