Arts & Entertainment

Review: A Brief Encounter with sublime Mozart

Sunday, Nov 2 - Here were four world-class virtuosi tossing off with evident delight a tour de force of scampering runs, perfectly coordinated phrases, and stunning, gorgeous, dynamic surprises. One doesn’t listen to music making like this every week, or for that matter, every year.

Letter from Paris

Monday, Oct 27 - "But, then, what is Paris without an art scandal? And this one has something in it for everyone."  

A novel: ‘The Last Hotel’

Friday, Oct 24 - Herewith we begin weekly chapters of an as yet unpublished novel, The Last Hotel, by Sonia Pilcer. Serialization of literary work has a noble history. Uncle Tom's Cabin, Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina, Bleak House and The Brothers Karamazov, to name a few, made their first public appearances in serial form. It’s a shame this form has, for the most part, gone out of fashion. The Edge intends to revive it – with Pilcer’s tales of the Upper West Side in the 1970s --The Last Hotel: A Novel in Suites.

Bits & Bytes: FilmColumbia 5-day festival

Monday, Oct 20 - Among the opportunities at the FilmColumbia festival is a screenwriting panel during which audience members are invited to submit a scene from an original screenplay that the panel of actors will read through live.

Review: ‘Private Eyes,’ a play wrapped in mystery wrapped in a play

Friday, Oct 17 - On leaving the theater afterward all I could think was that I had witnessed something I could never testify to in court and yet I was sure I understood everything in spite of the evidence to the contrary. I love to be challenged and Croy, Dietz and the company have left me feeling just that way.

Review: Classic Coward at Ghent Playhouse

Thursday, Oct 16 - If you are a Noel Coward enthusiast, you get to hear one of his most unusual and least heard musical compositions, “Même les Anges,” rescued for this production through the effort of Playhouse member Judy Staber. For that alone it is worth the price of a ticket.

Review: Glorious finale to South Mountain chamber series

Saturday, Oct 11 - The real sensation of the afternoon was the young violinist Benjamin Beilman, whose sound has all the natural projection and power of a premier concert-soloist. In fact, I would have been happy to have seen Mr. Beilman replace most any of the underwhelming cohort of violin soloists this year at Tanglewood.

No reprieve

Saturday, Oct 11 - Philip Timpane offers an elegy for the allée of trees, soon to removed, that sheltered and illuminated his hometown's Main Street in spring.

‘Enemy of the People’ strikes to heart of modern life

Friday, Oct 10 - Director Julianne Boyd has brought Arthur Miller's version of “An Enemy of the People” to the stage with an abrupt honesty that is absolutely riveting. And it is at a particularly fitting moment in Pittsfield history, given General Electric's decades of contamination of the Housatonic River and Mayor Daniel Bianchi's recent endorsement of a natural gas pipeline that conveys fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania where the drilling has polluted the aquifer and will provide no benefit to the Berkshires.

Review: David Adkins brings ‘POE’ to life

Thursday, Oct 9 - To NOT see David Adkins in this role as Edgar Allen Poe, if you are a fan of good theater or of Poe or of the arts in general, would be a crime against nature. This is a magical conjoining of talents, the sort that comes along rarely.

Poem: Not There

Saturday, Sep 27 - The poet Michelle Gillett of Stockbridge offers this poem, originally published in The Southern Poetry Review.