Berkshire On Stage Goes Dark

With many major producing and presenting venues in the Berkshire region cancelling or postponing events, it is impossible for this all volunteer Website to provide a complete enough picture of what is and isn’t happening to be helpful. As of this writing (March 13, 2020) it is not prudent to encourage people to attend large…

REVIEW: “Fiddler on the Roof” at Proctors

by Roseann Cane Since opening on Broadway in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof has become one of the most frequently produced musicals in theater history. Based on Yiddish stories written by Sholem Aleichem at the turn of the 20th Century, it presents a look at Jewish life in the Imperial Russian shtetl of Anatevka.  …

REVIEW: “The Chalk Garden” at the Ghent Playhouse

by Fred Baumgarten Every generation, it seems, must have its “Chalk Garden.” Major revivals pop up every decade or so like crocuses sprouting in spring. And then there’s the popularity the 1955 Enid Bagnold play enjoys in regional theater, perhaps owing to its meaty dialogue and eccentric characters. Is it any wonder that the Ghent…

REVIEW: “Your Best One” at Capital Repertory Theatre

by Roseann Cane Of the many reasons I have a special fondness for Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre, one is theRep’s commitment to promoting new plays by less-than-well-known playwrights. Through their Next Act! New Play Summit, playwrights submit their work blindly–that is, without their names on the script–to have their plays considered for selection by a…

REVIEW: “The Band’s Visit” at Proctors

by Roseann Cane Transcendent.    If you prefer a big, splashy musical with acrobatic choreography and catchy, hummable tunes, The Band’s Visit may not meet your expectations. It far exceeded mine. I’d been curious to see this multiple Tony-Award-winning show because of the praise it’s garnered. I’d imagined a sweet, clever storyline. What I got…