REVIEW: “The Skin of Our Teeth” at the Berkshire Theatre Group

by Macey Levin Through history humanity has escaped extinction numerous times but total destruction is still a distinct possibility.  There was, of course, the flood that Noah and his ark overcame after forty-something days.  The Black Plague.  The atomic bombs that closed World War Two, and today who knows what will happen with a narcissistic…

REVIEW: “Into the Woods” at Barrington Stage

by Roseann Cane As Barrington Stage Company‘s production of Into the Woods opens, we’re presented with a group of fairy-tale familiar characters, including Cinderella (Amanda Robles); Jack (the Beanstalk climber, played by Clay Singer); Little Red Riding Hood (Dorcas Leung), and Rapunzel (Anna Tobin). A dapper narrator (Thom Sesma) draws us into their world, where…

“Into the Woods” Opens Barrington Stage Company’s 25th Season

(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires (Pittsfield, MA) under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, presents Into the Woods with performances June 19 through July 13 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.   Into the Woods features music and lyrics by 13-time Tony Award winner Stephen Sondheim, a book by…

REVIEW: “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

by Barbara Waldinger Henrik Ibsen is a tough act to follow.  At the end of his 1879 masterpiece, A Doll’s House, audiences gasped as Nora Helmer left her husband and three children, delivering what George Bernard Shaw famously called “the door slam heard around the world,” presumably never to return.  Although it seemed that during…

REVIEW: “Arsenic and Old Lace” in Stockbridge

“Arsenic”—Old Hat? by Barbara Waldinger Can this 1941 farcical black comedy still amuse an audience in 2017?  You bet–check out Berkshire Theatre Group’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace on The Fitzpatrick Main Stage.  If its initial pre-war audience craved an escapist entertainment, perhaps we too might be grateful to enjoy a good laugh and…