REVIEW: “Gertrude and Claudius” at Barrington Stage Company

by Barbara Waldinger Gertrude and Claudius, Barrington Stage Company’s newest offering by Mark St. Germain, based on John Updike’s 2000 novel by the same name, might well have been called simply Gertrude, for this is her story.  A prequel to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the play traces thirty years in the life of Hamlet’s mother. The action…

Barrington Stage Company Offers New Mark St. Germain Play,

(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is proud to present Gertrude and Claudius, a new play by BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain (Dancing Lessons, Freud’s Last Session), based on the novel by John Updike.   Directed by Julianne Boyd (BSC’s…

REVIEW: “America 2.1:  The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro” at Barrington Stage

by Barbara Waldinger The Berkshires as a summer destination attracts visitors who want to escape the heat, seek cultural enrichment, and bask in outdoor activities in beautiful surroundings.  One might assume that theatrical offerings would cater to the wishes and expectations of this part-time audience.  But Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, in her 25th year as…

REVIEW: “The Chinese Lady” at Barrington Stage

by Macey Levin The first Chinese woman to arrive in America was Afong Moy in 1834; she was 14 years old.  Her father sent her here after receiving a payment from the Carne brothers who exhibited her in the Pearle Museum in New York City.  Afong Moy is the protagonist in Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese…

Barrington Stage Presents the World Premiere of “The Chinese Lady”

(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires (Pittsfield, MA) under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is proud to present the world premiere of The Chinese Lady, presented in a co-production with the Ma-Yi Theater Company. The Chinese Lady begins previews July 20, with an opening set for July…

REVIEW: “Typhoid Mary” at Barrington Stage

by Roseann Cane Typhoid fever, a life-threatening bacterial illness, is still fairly common throughout the world, with about 5,700 cases developing annually in the U.S. Today typhoid fever can be prevented and treated with antibiotics, but at the turn of the 20th Century, typhoid fever was often akin to a death sentence, terrifying in its rapid…