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THEATER REVIEW: ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ plays at theRep through August 18

The two hour and 20 minute show could have gone on for at least another hour and I would have had no objections. The show is just that good.

PREVIEW: The Pretenders at Tanglewood on Tuesday, July 16

Clean guitar sounds and transparent textures give "Brass in Pocket" something of a lean, new-wave sheen. All the better to convey the essence of Hynde's music, which is her attitude: cocky, sexy, provocative—and whip smart.

AT BERKSHIRE BUSK!: Week of July 11, 2024

Headlining the bill is Groovy Guy, an internationally traveling professional street performer who is bringing his juggling skills to Great Barrington for the first time.

We are all living in the Situation Room right now

What to watch to ease electoral anxiety—and how theaters can help

THEATER REVIEW: Chester Theatre’s one-man show ‘Unreconciled’ plays at the Town Hall Theater in Chester, Mass. through July 14

More a dramatic confession than a play, this one-man show stuffs its realities down your throat, and you cannot object to that for his story-telling, his reliving the tale, is simply artistry, extraordinary artistry.

PREVIEW: Berkshires Jazz Summer Showcase on Saturday, July 13, features Michael Junkins, Pamela Knowles, Don Mikkelsen

Bring your own chairs or blankets, and arrive hungry, because you will definitely want to enjoy the diverse offerings of area food trucks. Not to mention the beer and wine garden.

PREVIEW: Boston Ballet at Tanglewood on Friday, July 12, Yuja Wang on July 13, Augustin Hadelich on July 14

Wang has power to spare, and yet concertgoers have noticed that she isn't built anything like Yefim Bronfman.

THEATER REVIEW: Berkshire Theatre Group’s production of ‘Young Frankenstein’ plays at the Colonial Theatre through July 21

You need to treat yourself, your family, your neighbors, and friends to this one if you can. I wouldn’t let this summer go by without including it, especially in the gorgeous Colonial Theatre in Downtown Pittsfield.

REVIEW: Opening night at Tanglewood sees Beethoven both grandiose and intimate

Each work received a finely nuanced rendering with each detail carefully shaped as part of an overall conception, not just of individual movements, but of the totality of these large-scale works.

PREVIEW: Ted Rosenthal Trio at Boston University Tanglewood Institute on July 9

Some of the most amazing things you will hear at a Ted Rosenthal performance are not feats of manual dexterity but feats of on-the-fly, intellectual prowess.

Works by Carolyn Newberger and Marjorie Kaye showing at Future Labs Gallery in North Adams through July 27

"This gallery has buzz. It's edgy, and there are some fabulous artists. These are imaginative people. It is a cooperative gallery on a funky, arty street a block from Mass MoCA in North Adams."

POEM: Our birds

The poet hopes this poem can take our minds off of our anxiety-filled news.

DANCE REVIEW: The Royal Ballet comes to Jacob’s Pillow through Sunday, July 7

The Royal Ballet, which, as kismet would have it, was also formed in 1931, is, as the Pillow proudly proclaims, “taking over” the Pillow this week, performing each night on both the Henry J. Leir (outdoor) stage and in the Ted Shawn Theater.

PREVIEW: ‘Catarina and the Beauty of Killing Fascists’ at PS21 in Chatham July 5 and 6

The playwright asks: Can we defend democracy by violating its principles?

THEATER REVIEW: Barrington Stage Company’s production of ‘A Tender Thing’ plays at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center through July 11

What "Romeu and Juliet" has always needed is a happy ending. Ben Power and Alan Paul have given us that, at least on the face of things.

AT BERKSHIRE BUSK!: Week of July 4, 2024

Stunt comedian Wacky Chad will return as one of Berkshire Busk!’s headlining acts on both Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6. Festivities throughout downtown Great Barrington begin at 6:30 p.m.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘Shake It Up: A Shakespeare Cabaret’ plays on Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Stage through July 7

The show is quick, entertaining, and fun and, as said below, deserves a much longer run.