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REVIEW: Energy to spare — The TMC Orchestra and Shostakovich Fill the Shed with Sound and Drama

Despite its year-to-year changing membership, this orchestra is reliably distinguished by energy, enthusiasm, and responsiveness, along with technical polish and precision.

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.

Bits & Bytes: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Colonial; ‘An Old-Fashioned Christmas’; ‘Battlemind’ at BCC; ‘The Jewish World of Elvis Presley’; ‘All of Us’...

Participants of 'An Old-Fashioned Christmas' will be able to trace the history of the Christmas tree from the Colonial period to the Victorian era, the 1950s and on to the modern day.

THEATRE REVIEW: Solid productions of ‘The Glass Menagerie’ and ‘Naked’ conclude a versatile summer theater season

The conclusion of “Naked” is riveting, all the more so for its prescient reverberations to the temper of our times.

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: Two Durangs at BTG: ‘Sister Mary Ingatius,’ promiscuous thoughts, attitudes redefine tragi-comedy

This production, featuring so much talent, is about the best it can be in a world where our expectations of people in power is so often betrayed these days.

Bits & Bytes: ‘The Lincoln Family Album’ at Chesterwood; ‘hop tha A’ at the Mahaiwe; art, music collaboration conversation; Hudson Jazzworks concert; waste oil...

Lauren Clark Fine Art will host a reading and conversation about collaboration featuring artist Jim Youngerman, poet David Keplinger and musician Johnny Irion Saturday, Aug. 11, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Bits & Bytes: Train Campaign lecture; ‘Abraham’s Daughters’ at CAS; Berkshire Children’s Chorus concerts; ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Colonial; Red Cross blood drives

Author Alex Marshall will present new ideas about how transportation–including modern passenger rail and 21st-century innovations such as driverless cars–can be designed and managed in the public interest.

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: ‘The Bitter Game’ at MASS MoCA; ‘How We Got to the Funk;’ Bushnell-Sage anniversary; BHS pop-up fundraiser; ‘A Christmas Carol’ auditions

Originally performed on an outdoor basketball court with its five acts structured as the four quarters and overtime of a basketball game, 'The Bitter Game' explores the experience of being Black in America.

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.

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.

Bits & Bytes: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Colonial; ‘One Month Later’ election talk; Sundance Theatre Lab; ‘Pervert’ art show; iPhone drawing for BHS...

A native of Pittsfield who now resides in Baltimore, Alec MacGillis covers politics and government for ProPublica, a nonprofit online investigative journalism organization and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner.

Bits & Bytes: Albert Cummings to record live album; ‘A Christmas Carol’ auditions; ‘Clay Politics’ discussion; Egremont FD steak dinner; ‘The Effects of Music”...

During her talk, Crescendo founder Christine Gevert will present an overview of the latest scientific findings about music and choral singing.

Berkshire Theatre Group’s ‘The Homecoming’: Intriguing production of challenging Pinter play

Tara Franklin, an excellent actress, exceeds any earlier achievements with the role of Ruth. She is setting the barre very high for future work.

REVIEW: ‘Thoreau,’ at the Unicorn: A revelatory performance by David Adkins

To hear Thoreau's words spoken by David Adkins is revelatory. Adkins is never preachy, always real and confrontational, never violent even with an axe in his hands. His final speech about a vagrant water-lily is as touching a moment as any I've seen on a stage in many years.
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