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…

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…

Chester Theatre Company Presents Carly Mensch’s “Now Circa Then”

Chester, MA – Chester Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to present Carly Mensch’s Now Circa Then in the historic Chester Town Hall, 15 Middlefield Road in Chester, MA from July 4 through July 14. The production is directed by Sean Christopher Lewis. A budding romance forms between two young historical reenactors as they become increasingly entwined with…

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…

Chester Theatre Company Announces Complete Casting for 30th Anniversary Season

Many Audience Favorites Returning to the Town Hall Theatre, Onstage and Off Chester, MA–Co-founded by Vincent Dowling and H. Newman Marsh in 1990 with the belief that every town should have a professional theatre, Chester Theatre Company (formerly The Miniature Theatre of Chester) prepares to celebrate its landmark 30th Season with four works, each a New England Premiere. Chester Theatre…

REVIEW: “Lady Randy” at WAM Theatre

by Barbara Waldinger It has been said that a play is merely a blueprint until it receives a full production. Lady Randy, by Anne Undeland, is a perfect example of how a biographical play about Jennie Jerome, the mother of Winston Churchill, becomes an extraordinary theatrical event. Undeland’s witty and well-researched play details Jerome’s life…