Friday, May 24, 2024

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J. Peter Bergman

J. Peter Bergman was the Director of Communications at Herman Melville's Arrowhead and, for seven years, the Executive Director for the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop in Austerlitz, New York. In the past he has been a writer for The Berkshire Eagle, Berkshire's Week, The Advocate, The Berkshire Beacon, and The Independent, and is a contributor to The Edge and BerkshireBrightFocus.com. He is a novelist, poet, and author of short fiction. His book, "Counterpoints," won the 2002 Friends of Charles Dickens Award and his second novel, “Cement Dust,” won a 2020 IPPY Award for fiction. He has been a paid theater critic since he was 15 years old.

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THEATER REVIEW: ‘Uncle Vanya’ plays at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, N.Y. through May 19

Chekhov gets a first-rate treatment by the Bridge Street company, and the show is quite worthy of your attention. But do stay for the second act; it is worth the time, believe me.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘SIX The Musical’ plays at Proctors Theatre through May 12

We admire the vigor and strength of the six women on stage, but we really can’t go much further in our appreciation because all we see and hear is their wildly enthusiastic performance of this second-rate material. It’s really too bad because it is obvious they are women of talent.

THEATER REVIEW: The world premiere of ‘Three Mothers’ plays at the Capital Repertory Theatre through May 12

This is a play that deserves to be seen and felt by everyone. It is new, and it is perfect.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘All My Sons’ plays at Hartford Stage through May 5

When the drama is this good and the company is this special, there is no greater pleasure to be had then seeing “All My Sons” once again. If it is your first time, what a treat you have in store!

THEATER REVIEW: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ plays at the Majestic Theater through June 2

This is my fifth time at a performance of this rowdy comedy, and I laughed just as hard and long as I did the first time I saw it on Broadway. It is that good a show, and this is exactly as wonderful a production as any I have seen in the past.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ plays at Goodspeed Musicals through June 2

The whole show is a triumph for Goodspeed. A superb company in a perfect presentation equals a wonderful evening!

THEATER REVIEW: ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ plays at the Ghent Playhouse through April 28

A very talented company with excellent leading players and superb production skills can make an experience such as this one into an affair to remember. And that is what the Ghent Playhouse has delivered this season.

THEATER REVIEW: Pauline Productions and Devereux Productions present ‘The Cemetery Club’ at the Ashfield Congregational Church through March 23

This is a nice way to spend an evening or an afternoon. You don’t have to be Jewish to get the jokes or understand the seriousness of the piece. You just have to be alive, alert, and maybe just a little bit needy.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘The Hot Wing King’ plays at Hartford Stage through March 24

Any play by Katori Hall is worth your time, and this one, with all of its peculiarities, is very much in that class.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘The Ladyslipper’ plays at the Majestic Theater through March 24

Warwick’s work delivers both physical and emotional sensations. He is fortunate to have had a perfect company of players to work with in this very perfect play.

THEATER REVIEW: Barrington Stage Company’s 13th annual ’10×10 Play Festival’ plays through March 10

It is mid-winter, but Barrington Stage Company has prepared us once again for the season to come.

THEATER REVIEW: Ghent Playhouse’s production of ‘All My Sons’ runs through Feb. 18

In 1947, the play won several awards, and as often as I have read it and seen it, this production brought me to tears, several times, after bellowing well-deserved laughter. The play has everything, and this time around, it has a cast to die for.

THEATER REVIEW: Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York’s production of ‘The Mountaintop’ plays at theRep through Feb. 11

I have seen two other productions of “The Mountaintop” and have loved each one, but this one is special.

BroadwayWorld announces their 2023 Berkshires Award Winners

The BroadwayWorld Berkshires Awards this year honor regional productions, touring shows, and more.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘Annie’ plays at Proctors Theatre through Jan. 14

things considered, this production of a classic musical brings us back to a time as confusing as our own and lets us know that there are solutions to every problem and political certainty even when our heroes don’t agree with our president.
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