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SHEELA CLARY: Thoughts on my 52nd birthday

Of course I still have friends, and I will spend the evening celebrating with some special ones, but the gift of being 52, I am discovering, is to realize the pleasure to be had in doing nothing apart from standing still and looking at things.

Bits & Bytes: Community dialogue on racism; Lenox Land Trust conversation; ‘Love Travels Fast’; Berkshire Theatre Awards

During the presentation, Gwendolyn VanSant will address personal identity and bias and their relationship to systemic racism and cultural barriers.

THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s ‘Time Flies and Other Comedies’ is clever and entertaining

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.

REVIEW: ‘Into the Woods’ at Barrington Stage is totally entrancing

It’s also ravishingly beautiful with a thoroughly original visual style, and perfectly cast and acted with lyrics articulated with more clarity than I’ve heard before. Director Joe Calarco’s talent lies in heightening the fantasy while preserving the magic.

THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s ‘Into the Woods’ features exceptional, fascinating group of performers

This production is the finest I’ve seen and a memorable experience from top to bottom.

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Miss Bennet’ at the REP is a witty, delightful Christmas gift

Even in those few moments when the play is still and motionless, there is a sense of time slipping away and urgency prompting action.

THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s ‘The Glass Menagerie’ is a beautiful gift not to be missed

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.

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ at Barrington Stage is a well-acted continuation of Ibsen’s story

No one can expect more nor have their expectations met with such clarity and correctness.

THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Stage off to excellent start with ‘Typhoid Mary’

For much of what works, thanks goes to the director, Matthew Penn, who has taken the play to a higher plane than the script calls for.

Bits & Bytes: Railroad Street Youth Project awards scholarships; ‘Hamilton’s Women’ at Ventfort Hall; ‘Complementary Eloquence;’ Berkshire Theatre Awards

Railroad Street Youth Project's Railroad Street Youth Student Empowerment scholarship provides an opportunity for students to explore their after-high school options.

THEATRE REVIEW: A singularly relevant ‘Ragtime’ at Barrington Stage

It's as though the tale of what makes an American what an American is needs to be retold intensely at least once a decade.

REVIEW: ‘American Son’ at Barrington Stage, a stunning world premiere

This is not a classic -- it soon will be, though -- that you've seen a hundred times before; this is a new play with a definite future. This is a rare chance to be in on the first stage of that journey.
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