REVIEW: “Mrs. Christie” at the Dorset Theatre Festival

When I tell people that the most produced playwright writing in the English language, aside from William Shakespeare, is a woman, they get all excited.   When I tell them that that woman is Dame Agatha Christie they immediately deflate, “Oh,” they say, disappointment tinging their voice, “She doesn’t count.”   And I want to…

REVIEW: “Lucy’s Wedding” Living Room Theatre

by Gail M. Burns “Elderly” folks like me may remember the late Dudley Moore’s classic skit (if you don’t you can watch it HERE) where he plays multiple variations on the Colonel Bogey March and then is unable to end it. He plays coda after coda after coda, but they never resolve. The Living Room…

REVIEW” “DIG” at the Dorset Theatre Festival

by Gail M. Burns We are so blessed with the close and productive relationship between playwright Theresa Rebeck and the Dorset Theatre Festival, where she has developed at Dorset more than half a dozen plays, most have which have gone on to productions at other major regional theatres and in New York. I am quite…

REVIEW: “Witness for the Prosecution” at The Theater Barn

by Gail M. Burns It breaks my heart to have to inform you that The Theater Barn has mounted  a ponderous and shabby production of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution. Contrary to popular opinion, critics do not salivate at the prospect of writing negative reviews. We want every production to represent the best of…

REVIEW: “Red” at Oldcastle Theatre Company

by Gail M. Burns “What do you see?” is both the opening line and the penultimate one in John Logan’s play, Red, now on the boards at Oldcastle Theatre. The difference between the fine arts – painting and sculpture – and the performing arts – theatre and dance – is that the former have a…

Berkshire On Stage Critics Pick Their Favorites of the 2018 Season

Some of the critics who review for BerkshireOnStage.com – Gail M. Burns, Roseann Cane, Macey Levin, and Barbara Waldinger – have listed their favorite regional theatre productions of the past calendar year. Because for the most part we all see and review different shows, our individual picks for our favorite shows, performers, directors, choreographers, and…