REVIEW: “On the Exhale” at Chester Theatre Company

by Macey Levin   A college professor relates the story of one of her students demanding that she raise his grade.  When she refuses he takes out a gun  and shoots her.  This is a dream after which she takes several non-violent and inconsequential steps to prevent such an event.   Next she tells us…

Mass Humanities Announces $177,000 in Grants

Funds support projects around the state that use the humanities to deepen public understanding Northampton, MA (July 10, 2019) – Mass Humanities has awarded grants totaling $177,053 in support of 34 humanities projects in communities across the state. Funded projects include oral histories, museum exhibits, community discussions, workshops and documentary films on a number of topics:…

REVIEW: “Now Circa Then” at the Chester Theatre Company

by Macey Levin   The audience at Chester Theatre Company is greeted by Julian and Josephine Glockner as they introduce a re-enactment at a tenement museum in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.   Something does not ring quite true since Julian has an Eastern European accent and Josephine is very American though the actual Glockners…

REVIEW: “The Night Alive” at the Chester Theatre Company

by Macey Levin   The Night Alive by Conor McPherson is the story of five Dubliners bumbling through life and often at odds with one another.  McPherson, the award winning playwright of Shining City, The Seafarer, The Weir and many others, has an ear for realistic dialogue full of incomplete sentences, broken phrases and the…