REVIEW: “The Velocity of Autumn” at Hubbard Hall

by Gail M. Burns Immediately after seeing The Velocity of Autumn at Hubbard Hall, I posted a few glowing sentences on Facebook. I meant every word of them – as a professional theatre critic I would not have made the statement publicly if I didn’t! But saying that I loved or hated or had questions…

Local Murder Mystery Comes to Hubbard Hall

by Gail M. Burns In 1812 Russell Colvin, a farm worker who all agreed was “feeble-minded,” disappeared from the Boorn family farm in East Manchester, Vermont, where he, his wife, and their many children lived with her family. Seven years later two of his brothers-in-law, Stephen and Jesse Boorn, were accused of murdering Colvin, and sentenced…

REVIEW: “A Comedy of Tenors” at Oldcastle

by Gail M. Burns One of my happiest farcical memories is of seeing Ken Ludwig’s hilarious 1986 opus Lend Me a Tenor at Oldcastle way back when they were performing in the Everett Mansion on the campus of what is now Southern Vermont College. So I was thrilled that they would be the company to introduce…

REVIEW: “Actually” in Williamstown

by Gail M. Burns Two first-year students at Princeton, Thomas Anthony (Joshua Boone) and Amber Cohen (Alexandra Socha). Thomas is black and a talented piano player. Amber is a white and Jewish, and a bundle of conflicting ambitions and desires. Both are eighteen. Legally, they are adults, but as we listen to the stories they…