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, 29 Jul 2019 - It's a story that moves people but never really gets to where it should be.
THEATRE REVIEW: Mac-Haydn Theatre’s triumphant ‘Ragtime’ showcases masterful storytelling, musical staging
Saturday, 27 Jul 2019 - If anyone reading this has any interest in theater at all, as a profession or as an avocation, this is what they should see. This is what all people in this industry should aspire to achieve.
Friday, 26 Jul 2019 - Randolyn Zinn has an eye for movement and for pictures. Her direction brings things forward that another director might have missed.
Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019 - It's not the language that makes this play what it is and what it isn't. There is emotion missing in the cleverness of the dialogue and the letters exchanged.
Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019 - Though I hadn't been anticipating much from a 1978 flop show, I had a wonderful time with this production and definitely appreciated its multiple messages so very appropriate to our times.
Monday, 22 Jul 2019 - It takes an act and a half to realize that the story Eugene Jerome is telling is less his own and more his mother's story. That revelation came to me with this production—the fifth time I've seen the play.
Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019 - David Auburn and his cast have brought forward all of the humor in Wilder's script, and all of the character that makes this a very special look at human history and American's part in creating the world we all now live in.
THEATRE REVIEW: Dorset Theatre Festival’s intriguing ‘DIG’ a comedy with emotional, tear-jerking scenes
Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019 - There is an awkward reality on the Dorset stage that feels right, that comes together for the sake of exploring what makes unusual people tick.
Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019 - This is a fascinating play, a look at a world we know from the TV news but never have really been exposed to in a realistic way before.
Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019 - Sometimes truth is definitely stranger than fiction and this show goes a long way in proving just that.
Saturday, 13 Jul 2019 - The wonderful collection of character actors assembled for this foray into absurdism keep the show moving along brilliantly with their costume and wig changes, a pointedly generous directorial overview, and their own characterizations.
Friday, 12 Jul 2019 - The trio of fools in this production is less foolish than in many other versions I have seen, but they are more genuine and adorable than in most.
THEATRE REVIEW: The Theater Barn’s ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ a fine and subtle piece of stagecraft
Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019 - Everyone plays his or her role with a sense of Christie's perfect formula for mystery theater. The entire company couldn't be too much better.
Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 - Talent triumphs in this dizzying double existence, and the play succeeds to amuse us even as the inevitable creeps onto the stage while we watch.
Monday, 8 Jul 2019 - Not a moment is missed in this work. Every character is perfectly defined and the stage pictures are both realistic and dramatic.
THEATRE REVIEW: Mac-Haydn Theatre’s ‘Grease’ features memorable cast, high production vales, terrific band
Saturday, 6 Jul 2019 - The phrase "more talent in his little finger" takes on new meaning with this staging of this show. Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!
Wednesday, 3 Jul 2019 - It's an unusual experience to have WTF open a season with two plays on its stages dealing with Black subject matter. With two excellent productions and two fine casts, that is how 2019 has started.
Tuesday, 2 Jul 2019 - Much in the story has always been harsh and defiant, but there has always been a good amount of old-fashioned heart in the play and that seems to be missing here.
Monday, 1 Jul 2019 - If this production and company transferred to Broadway next month, it would be no surprise at all.
Wednesday, 26 Jun 2019 - Karen Allen's direction is straightforward and honest and it works very well—her best work in this area yet.
Tuesday, 25 Jun 2019 - It is always surprising when a play that is now 89 years old still has its get-up-and-go, its gumption, its humor relatively intact and its impact just as imperative as it used to when first seen.
THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s ‘Into the Woods’ features exceptional, fascinating group of performers
Monday, 24 Jun 2019 - This production is the finest I’ve seen and a memorable experience from top to bottom.
Monday, 24 Jun 2019 - If you don't live in Columbia County, waste no time getting directions and making a reservation, for this is one show you shouldn't miss.
Sunday, 23 Jun 2019 - This is a play with politics that could not be realized in any time but our own, and it should survive as a symbol of its time.
Saturday, 22 Jun 2019 - A lot of fabulous talent is involved and the result is a show that is overly true to its source but not to its original star.
Monday, 17 Jun 2019 - The play is very good; the company's production of it is very good; the acting company is very, very good.
Tuesday, 11 Jun 2019 - The director's work is remarkable but perhaps it is his familiarity with this actor that allows such communication to hold onto the character they have jointly created.
THEATRE REVIEW: Mac-Haydn Theatre’s splendid ‘Curtains’ features high production values, good performers in every role
Friday, 7 Jun 2019 - If I had the time to do it, I'd see this all over again, from the very beginning to the inevitable end—I liked it that much.
Thursday, 6 Jun 2019 - In Lenox, Massachusetts, this company devoted to the Bard and his many muses find plays and playwrights that advance Shakespeare's goals with the honesty of our own times.
Wednesday, 5 Jun 2019 - This is a play about a sense of mission, and the clarity that Fern Sloan and the company bring to it is unparalleled.
Sunday, 2 Jun 2019 - You don't need to know the examples copied by the playwright to enjoy this play; you just have to watch and listen and enjoy the experience.
Saturday, 1 Jun 2019 - Moments of actual fear for his person infiltrates the audience space as Gordon attempts to live by the words and the spirit of the Constitution.