REVIEW: “Time Stands Still” at Shakespeare & Company

by Barbara Waldinger “I live off the suffering of strangers.  I build a career on the sorrows of people I don’t know and will never see again. . . I’m such a fraud.” These concerns are expressed by international photojournalist Sarah Goodman in a revealing moment as she recuperates from critical injuries inflicted by a…

Berkshire Critics Panel Reviews Summer Theatre Season Inbox

(Pittsfield, Mass.) OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, is bringing together some of the best known Berkshire regional theatre critics this Friday, September 13th to talk about this summer’s theatre season.  The panel discussion is free and open to the public, and will be held at 10:30am at the Berkshire Museum, located…

HRC Showcase Theatre Announces 2019-2020 Season

HRC Showcase Theatre is pleased to announce the five original plays that will be presented as staged readings during the upcoming 29th anniversary season. These plays were carefully selected by a panel of five well-qualified judges from over 200 submissions. All five readings, directed by HRC Showcase Theatre’s Artistic Director, Barbara Waldinger, will take place…

REVIEW: “George Gershwin Alone” at the Berkshire Theatre Group

by Barbara Waldinger During the question and answer session that concludes his solo production, George Gershwin Alone, Hershey Felder was asked by an audience member at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Colonial Theatre why he did not choose to be a concert pianist.  His response was that in performing his nine distinctive one-man shows he plays more…

REVIEW: “Shylock” at Bridge Street Theatre

by Barbara Waldinger Does anyone remember Tubal?  Aside from Shylock, he’s the only Jewish character in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice; in fact, they are the only two Jews in the entire Shakespeare canon. In 1998 Gareth Armstrong, British actor and playwright, wrote and began performing his solo play, Shylock, a take on The Merchant…

REVIEW: “Fall Springs” at Barrington Stage

by Barbara Waldinger   A musical about fracking?  Is it doomed to share the fate suffered by entertainments on such unlikely subjects as Anne Frank or Anna Karenina, the Musicals:  obscurity and a critical chorus of “What could they have been thinking?” Decidedly not! Fall Springs by Niko Tsakalakos (music and lyrics) and Peter Sinn…

REVIEW: “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at Shakespeare & Company

by Barbara Waldinger Kevin G. Coleman, the Director of Education and founding member of Shakespeare & Company, and runner-up for the Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education (2016), believes that “The Merry Wives of Windsor is Shakespeare having fun.  Period.  No grand themes. No deep waters.”  And that’s what he provides in his direction…