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THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of June 20, 2024

It seems this week has all the important gardening tasks scheduled for early morning.

Business Briefs: Entrepreneurship for All launch; access ramp at Fitzpatrick Main Stage; Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence; BCC staff changes

Berkshire Theatre Group has announced the installation of a new modular ramp at its Fitzpatrick Main Stage to increase access for all patrons.

REVIEW: BTG’s ho-hum ‘What We May Be’ saved by leading lady’s stage presence

An indefatigable Penny Fuller (two Tony Award noms in her career) rises above the material; no matter how weak, she makes it work.

THEATRE REVIEW: BTG’s confusing ‘What We May Be’ is beautiful with odd aspects

I am not often caught at a lack of words, but in this case, it is not clear to me what or why this play is what it is. Even so, praise for it comes naturally.

THEATRE REVIEW: Women rule in BTG’s ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

In the most arresting—and prescient—scene in this production, Maggie Antrobus summons, quietly but forcefully, MANkind’s history of injustice to her gender.

THEATRE REVIEW: BTG’s extremely well done ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ mixes philosophies, concepts

David Auburn and his cast have brought forward all of the humor in Wilder's script, and all of the character that makes this a very special look at human history and American's part in creating the world we all now live in.

News Briefs: GBFD responds to chemical spill at high school; WAMC, Berkshire Theatre Group to present DA candidates’ debate

Set to take place one week before the Sept. 4 primary election, the debate will feature Berkshire County District Attorney Paul Caccaviello, Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight moderated by WAMC president and CEO Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Berkshire bureau chief Josh Landes and WAMC news director Ian Pickus.

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.

THEATRE REVIEW: Kalcheim’s ‘Coming Back Like a Song!’ is pure delight

When it comes to witty and double-entendre rhyming, Sondheim, eat your heart out. Lee Kalcheim’s dialogue is crisp and snappy. 

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Coming Back Like a Song!’ at Berkshire Theatre Festival — an unforgettable evening with Irving Berlin et al

With about 35 songs, 'Coming Back Like a Song!' buoys up the songwriters' reputations while bringing them some long overdue humanity-showing frailties, emotional states and reputation-saving gestures.

Bits & Bytes: Blues Traveler at the Mahaiwe; Berkshire Theatre Group in New York City; ‘Rumble’ at Mason Library; fur reclamation drive

Berkshire Humane Society plans to work with local rehabilitators who will use the donated fur pieces to line beds and handmade nests, and swaddle infant animals during bottle feeding.

Bits & Bytes: Boston Early Music Festival; ‘Out in the Berkshires’ panel discussion; ‘Children of a Lesser God;’ ‘Citizen Jane’ screening; Open Days garden...

In 1960, Jane Jacobs’ book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds

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: ‘The Stone Witch’; Ralph Nader at the Scoville Library; ‘Mysterious and Unexpected’ at Spencertown Academy; HVA trains River Stewards of Tomorrow;...

Three young adults have joined the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) for the summer in its River Stewards of Tomorrow internship program.

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Deathtrap’ at BTG misses crucial kiss

It has been 37 years since the play made its impact; give it back what has now been denied and let the play go on for another 37 years without this sort of fold back of time and appreciation.
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