REVIEW: Topdog/Underdog” at Shakespeare & Company

by Roseann Cane   I lived in Manhattan for many years, and, particularly downtown and in other neighborhoods heavily populated with tourists, fast-talking young men enticing naive people to bet on a game of three-card monte were a familiar sight. Standing behind makeshift tables made of a few crates and topped with a large piece…

Shakespeare & Company Presents Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Topdog/Underdog”

(Lenox, MA) – Shakespeare & Company presents MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Suzan-Lori Parks‘ pulitzer prize-winning play, Topdog/Underdog directed by the distinguished Regge Life, who helmed the Company’s acclaimed razor sharp comedy God of Carnage in 2017. Topdog/Underdog is a dynamic comedic drama running from August 13 to September 8 in the Tina Packer Playhouse. “Topdog/Underdog is one of the most powerful and moving plays from the theater; and in my opinion it’s Suzan-Lori…

REVIEW: “Mothers and Sons” at Shakespeare & Company

by Roseann Cane “There is nothing permanent except change.”  –Heraclitus As the lights come up we see two people, a mature woman wrapped in a mink and a handsome man on the outskirts of middle age, peering into the distance. They stand parallel, about a couple of yards apart, in a well-appointed New York apartment,…

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. …

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…

REVIEW: “Disgraced” at the Chester Theatre Company

by Macey Levin When you go to see Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar at the (which you should,) brace yourself for a compelling story, intense When you go to see Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar at the Chester Theatre Company (which you should,) brace yourself for a compelling story, intense disagreements, profound emotions, terrific acting and precise direction. The script’s…