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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: BTG’s ‘The Goat’ explores the boundaries of moral code

Albee doesn’t just cut to the bone; he scrapes when he gets there.

THEATRE REVIEW: Edward Albee’s ‘The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?’ a rich, intense evening of theater

Director Eric Hill uses broad strokes to show us the subtlety in Albee's play; he also uses the small things—his actor's reactions, for example—to give us big changes in the inner workings of all four characters.

THEATER REVIEW: BTG’s ‘Naked’ sizzles with perfection

Pirandello's people are never ordinary and never sound ordinary and, in this new version, they are just right for my taste.

Theater in the Round

Berkshires actor, writer and director Jim Frangione shows us around the Berkshires theater scene.

THEATRE REVIEW: BTG’s smart production of ‘The Petrified Forest’ demonstrates skill, sensitivity

Most acutely sensitive, though, and way ahead of its time, is the second-act speech Sherwood gives Mrs. Chisholm that proclaims a woman’s emancipation decades before the bra-burning ‘60s.

THEATRE REVIEW: BTG’s ‘The Petrified Forest’ has distinguished cast, awkward shifts in material

Director David Auburn has done some wonderful work with this play, and some unpleasant choices he has made pull the show down a group of levels.

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.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Mortal Friends’ at Ventfort Hall; Jay Ungar & Molly Mason at Music & More; Lenox walking tours; IS183 workshops

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason draw their repertoire and inspiration from a wide range of American musical styles including 19th-century classics, Appalachian, Cajun, Celtic fiddle tunes, and favorites from the golden age of country and swing.

REVIEW: BTG’s ‘At Home at the Zoo’ enhances, honors Albee’s text

"At Home at the Zoo" at Berkshire Theatre Group combines text, direction and acting that make real theatre real, the kind of dramatic wholeness people in theatre aspire to but seldom achieve as well as here.

Bits & Bytes: 37 Interlaken open house; Beatles music concert; ‘King David in Words and Music;’ ‘The Droll’ staged reading; patient safety talk

Organized by Boston University music professor Dr. Jeremy Yudkin, the Beatles music concert will feature musicians from the Berkshires and beyond recreating all the songs on the album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'

VIDEO: No Boundaries in Art, Episode 2: What would Henry do?

Berkshire Theatre Group Artistic Associate David Adkins reads from Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience.” “We do not discriminate. Our buildings are sanctuaries for everyone to tell their stories. We do not discriminate in which stories we will tell, which culture we may seek to know.” --- BTG Artistic Director Kate Maguire

Berkshire Theatre Group season reformatted for 2017

Looking at this ambitious season it is clear that rather than expanding they are doing just a differently formatted season filled with the potential of excellent and fascinating presentations.

Radius Playwrights Festival, a radiant debut for St. James Place

I like what this company of theatre professionals is doing even if I don't agree with every choice. I think it a very worthwhile effort and should be seen by everyone in the region who believes in live theater.

Bits & Bytes: Radius Playwrights Festival; journalism symposium; Leonel Morales at Hotchkiss; Balkan food stories; ‘Thanks for the Fish’

The purpose of Radius Playwrights Festival is to cultivate and celebrate local talent, explains Ann Garner, managing director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab.

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Bakelite Masterpiece,’ a forger fools the Nazis

There is a dynamic between the two actors that transforms their characters into recreated people rather than just actable characters.
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