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…

REVIEW: “The Aliens” at Chester Theatre Company

by Macey Levin After establishing her credentials with Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformation and The Aliens,  Annie Baker won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play The Flick, about employees cleaning a movie theatre.  A common thread in her work is the slow unfolding of expository material that serves to define her characters. …

REVIEW: “Mary’s Wedding” at Chester Theatre Company

by Macey Levin Charlie Edwards, at the opening of Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte, tells us that the play isn’t about her wedding, but about the night before the marriage and that she will share her dreams.  Indeed, the play, in a beautiful production at the Chester Theatre Company, Chester, Massachusetts, is about both the…

Chester Theatre Company Presents “The Aliens” by Annie Baker

Chester, MA – Chester Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to present Amherst native Annie Baker‘s The Aliens in the historic Chester Town Hall, 15 Middlefield Road in Chester, MA from August 9 through August 19, 2018. Jasper and KJ, both suffering from “failure to launch,” have created their own universe behind a local coffee shop, where the dumpster…

Chester Theatre Company Presents “Mary’s Wedding”

Chester, MA – Chester Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to present Stephen Massicotte’s two-actor, three-character play, Mary’s Wedding, in the historic Chester Town Hall, 15 Middlefield Road in Chester, MA, from July 26 through August 5, 2018. When Mary and Charlie find themselves sheltering from a storm in the same barn, they don’t yet realize their…

REVIEW: “Bar Mitzvah Boy” at Chester Theatre Company

by Barbara Waldinger Metaphor:  the oft-repeated word describing Rabbi Michael Levitz-Sharon (Tara Franklin)’s view of biblical stories in Mark-Leiren-Young’s Bar Mitzvah Boy.  The Creation of the World in 7 Days, the Burning Bush, Noah’s Ark, the Binding of Isaac—all metaphors, not to be taken literally, according to the Rabbi. This modern view of the Hebrew…