J. Peter Bergman is the Director of Communications at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. In the past he has been a writer for The Berkshire Eagle, Berkshire’s Week, The Advocate, The Berkshire Beacon, The Independent and still contributes to The Chatham Courier and Edge.com and Berkshirebrightfocus.com. He is a novelist, poet and author of short fiction. His book “Counterpoints” won the 2002 Friends of Charles Dickens Award. He has been a paid theater critic since he was 15 years old.
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Monday, 11 Feb 2019 - The play needs a few nips and tucks, some cuts and some improvements, but the show's concept is delicious and the flow of the piece is right on.
Ghent Playhouse’s ‘Miracle on South Division Street’ describes family meeting, features extraordinary cast
Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 - For a play I've never heard of to end up a new favorite is a delight to me.
Monday, 4 Feb 2019 - Secrets. You have to love it.
Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 - “The strings of the heart” is artistic director Allyn Burrows’ concept theme for the summer and he has chosen a quartet of very contemporary plays to flesh out the idea.
Thursday, 6 Dec 2018 - Even in those few moments when the play is still and motionless, there is a sense of time slipping away and urgency prompting action.
REVIEW: Ghent Playhouse’s ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ a cross-dressing fairy tale with wit, music and political barbs
Monday, 3 Dec 2018 - While I could have gone home happier with some truly barbarous barbs, the show still entertained and delighted, and the audience had almost as good a time as the company.
Thursday, 25 Oct 2018 - Though my one favorite moment is gone from this production, it was still one of those lovely Connecticut nights seeing such a fine production of this show.
Wednesday, 24 Oct 2018 - Kristen van Ginhoven has delivered a superb two hours of theater with this play by a woman, for a woman and about a woman that pleases women and men alike. Applause to all involved, particularly to Jayne Atkinson for taking on such a bear of a role.
Thursday, 11 Oct 2018 - Every soul's open injuries are bared here; everyone's personal fears and qualms and hopes and dreams coalesce into a tapestry of distorted recollections.
Wednesday, 10 Oct 2018 - Kudos to the theater company for taking on such an unusual play about such a difficult topic.
Tuesday, 9 Oct 2018 - The three hours fly by like a walk on a steep hillside with a wind at your back.
Saturday, 6 Oct 2018 - After an intense, poetic 84 minutes in that world, I couldn't stop myself from wishing I could see it every night.
Friday, 5 Oct 2018 - Pirandello's people are never ordinary and never sound ordinary and, in this new version, they are just right for my taste.
Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018 - In a show about discovering what isn't known, the company opens our minds in many, many ways.
Monday, 17 Sep 2018 - There's a lesson in all of this: Don't expect life to be generous.
THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at the Whit a fine picture of what women feel, experience, want
Friday, 14 Sep 2018 - If you had a mother like mine, or like any of the women represented on stage at the Whit, this is a play that must be seen and heard—there is no other like it.
THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Decorator’ at the Theater Barn brings some of the finest physical comedy of the season
Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 - This marks the finest season-ender this company has provided in years.
Tuesday, 4 Sep 2018 - Lucky theatergoers in Bennington will find a production of this play that justifies its awards, and that is really something to see.
Tuesday, 28 Aug 2018 - This is one of the best productions I've seen of this show and certainly worth seeing while you have the chance.
THEATRE REVIEW: Berkshire Opera Company’s ‘Rigoletto’ offers depth of emotion, breadth of dramatic reality
Monday, 27 Aug 2018 - Director Jonathan Loy has done a fine job with this piece, giving us the drama and the romance without the major forces of a large "court" to surround or frame these elements. It is due to his vision that the piece, pared down to its needs, delivers the world of Mantua so very well.
THEATRE REVIEW: Shakespeare & Co.’s ‘Mothers and Sons’ deadly serious with a perfect quartet of players
Sunday, 26 Aug 2018 - Hands down, this is the densest 91 minutes you will ever spend in a theater, and every minute is precious and special and important and entertaining.
THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s ‘Well Intentioned White People’ is 89 minutes of excellent, accelerating drama
Sunday, 26 Aug 2018 - The only problem with the play is the play itself: finely crafted; well-designed with its easy, definable characters' voices; but seemingly unfinished.
THEATRE REVIEW: Mac-Haydn Theatre’s ‘Annie’ regains its stature as a first-class musical theater experience
Friday, 24 Aug 2018 - Directed brilliantly for theater-in-the-round by John Saunders, this company proves that a professional take on this classic can make it fine and new again and so very enjoyable.
Thursday, 23 Aug 2018 - This is a very odd play based on a very curious concept and the ultimate scene is one in which changes and modifications of reality come glaringly across the stage leaving only the wonder of how it all happened lying bare naked on the floor.
THEATRE REVIEW: Sharon Playhouse’s ‘Always … Patsy Cline’ invigorated with sweetness, personal resonance
Thursday, 23 Aug 2018 - The entire experience was a glorious example of how live theater can become even more alive under duress and achieve its goal with an audience.
Thursday, 23 Aug 2018 - There is a nice sense of character development in every one of the players and their use of the language, sometimes difficult to grasp at a single hearing, never loses the audience but keeps attention.
THEATRE REVIEW: Two Durangs at BTG: ‘Sister Mary Ingatius,’ promiscuous thoughts, attitudes redefine tragi-comedy
Monday, 20 Aug 2018 - This production, featuring so much talent, is about the best it can be in a world where our expectations of people in power is so often betrayed these days.
Friday, 17 Aug 2018 - This wonderful company, in this remarkable space they have to work in, moves the audience not only with words and actions, but by shifting the audience from place to place in the building.
Friday, 17 Aug 2018 - It was a nice diversion played so well, and not a play I would have wanted to miss.
THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Wedding Singer’ at the Mac-Haydn Theatre features a talented cast, crew in a maddeningly silly script
Wednesday, 15 Aug 2018 - I know it's meant to be funny, but my sense of the ridiculous goes awry when ridiculous goes incredulous.
Wednesday, 15 Aug 2018 - This is far from a perfect production, but its humor seeps through the awkward spots and its second act offers some genuinely delicious moments.
Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018 - The 85-minute one-act play is rich and rewarding in so many ways; the characters are fascinating and the actors are extraordinary as directed by a marvelous director on a functional and inventive set.