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THEATER REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s production of ‘Boeing Boeing’ plays at the Boyd-Quinson Stage through August 3

Everyone should let themselves go, see the show (forget it is called a farce—just think comedy), and laugh as much as you can. That is what it is for: laughter, a much-needed commodity in this peculiar time we are living in.

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.

Scenes from the Provincetown International Film Festival

I tiptoed in and out of #PIFF26 during Pride Month.

PREVIEW: Free Beethoven lecture from Boston University Professor Jeremy Yudkin at Lenox Town Hall on July 5, at 2:30

Before hearing an all-Beethoven program at Tanglewood, it is helpful to hear from an all-Beethoven scholar, like the co-founder of Boston University's Center for Beethoven Research.

DANCE REVIEW: The Contemporary Ballet Performance Ensemble of the School at Jacob’s Pillow performs at the Pillow

Note I am deliberately calling the performers dancers, and not students, because, even though they all have a way to go still, they are all—right now—beautiful, gifted dancers, each with their own clear individual voice.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘Rock of Ages’ plays at the Sharon Playhouse through July 7

Technically, the show is a very good one. Sets, costumes, lights, and sound all are fine. The show is entertaining; it is just not a good show.

The final report from the 2024 La Biennale Di Venezia

Our last Venetian days: Nicholas Berggruen’s Palazzo Diedo, Teatro La Fenice, Fortuny Factory and Palazzo Nani Bernardo

THEATER REVIEW: ‘A Body of Water’ plays in Shakespeare & Company’s Roman Garden Theatre through July 21

The play is the thing here. The play needs to be experienced. Leave all expectations in your car. Here everything is submerged in a body of water.

Seamus Heaney . . . in the great Irish tradition

No one has been more deserving of the Nobel Prize than Seamus Heaney who won in 1995. In the history of modern Irish poetry, only one other poet rivals him, the previous great Nobel laureate, William Butler Yeats.

THEATER REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s production of ‘La Cage aux Folles’ plays at the Boyd-Quinson Theatre in Pittsfield through July 6

This show is bound to be an audience favorite this season, and it almost demands to be seen, in its semi-subtle French way.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘Sister Act’ runs at the Mac-Haydn Theatre through July 14

As indicated, the cast is very strong in this show; it is the show itself that is weak. That said, this isn’t a show you will see often, so if you are a fan of musicals, this is your finest opportunity.

AT THE TRIPLEX: Beating up the Big Apple

Movies allow us to face our fears while maintaining a sense of distance and control, letting us live through worst-case scenarios from the safety of our seats.

DANCE REVIEW: ‘Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’ at Jacob’s Pillow

The Trocks gracefully and ingeniously combine slapstick, farce, and clowning with the pure artistry of dance.

Tanglewood opens July 5 with Beethoven’s violin concerto, and Symphony 3, ‘Eroica,’ with Gil Shaham filling in for Hilary Hahn

Who are you going to call when a violinist of Hilary Hahn's or Itzhak Perlman's league withdraws from an engagement and must be replaced at the last minute? A safe bet would be Gil Shaham.

PREVIEW: The Boston Pops plays Broadway’s modern masters, Saturday, July 6

Kids these days have fashioned their own 21st-century Broadway sound from the traditions of bluegrass; hip-hop; R&B and Soul; Electronic and EDM; Reggae and Ska; and rock.