REVIEW: “What the Jews Believe” at Berkshire Theatre Group

by Macey Levin   Mark Harelik’s sweet and poignant 1985 play The Immigrant has been performed at innumerable regional and off-Broadway theatres.  It is the story of his grandfather when he settled in Hamilton, Texas, outside Galveston in the early 20th century and built a life for himself and his family despite being the only…

REVIEW: “What We May Be” at the Berkshire Theatre Group

by Macey Levin   The Berkshire Theatre Group’s world premiere production of Kathleen Clark’s What We May Be has a few problems, the major one being the script itself.  Clark, the author of the highly regarded Southern Comforts and Secrets of a Soccer Mom, has thrown together a script that is more superficial than fully…

REVIEW: “Naked” at the Berkshire Theatre Group

by Barbara Waldinger Many twenty-first century theatre audiences, who expect real life behavior onstage, much like reality TV, may not know how to react to the work of Luigi Pirandello, whose play Naked is currently on the boards at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre.  Pirandello, writing just after the devastation of World War I with…

REVIEW: “At Home at The Zoo” in Stockbridge

by Macey Levin Edward Albee burst onto the theatre scene in 1957 with his stark and multi-layered The Zoo Story leading into a celebrated career that includes Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Tiny Alice, A Delicate Balance, Seascape, The Goat and many others. He is known for his thematic concepts regarding the relationship amongst families,…

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…