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PETER MOST: Up in smoke

Two things are becoming increasingly clear. One, based on the facts and law, it is downright dopey for Great Barrington not to settle in its Community Impact Fees cases. Two, the town has persistently received bad counsel.

THEATRE REVIEW: Ghent Playhouse’s ‘Pinocchio’ a raucous retelling in the panto tradition

There cannot be a better way to address the political mish-mash we live in outside of this adorable theater in Columbia County.

THEATRE REVIEW: Ghent Playhouse’s ‘The Cemetery Club’ plays out with potential on a terrific set

“The Cemetery Club” is enjoyable enough and with a few more performances, should jell into the sort of appetizer that makes a season into a delectable dinner party.

THEATRE REVIEW: Ghent Playhouse’s ‘A View From the Bridge’ the best of the season

The drama is potent and powerful and pleasant to watch in this well-staged, nicely acted edition.

REVIEW: Ghent Playhouse’s ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ a cross-dressing fairy tale with wit, music and political barbs

While I could have gone home happier with some truly barbarous barbs, the show still entertained and delighted, and the audience had almost as good a time as the company.

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Father’ at the Ghent Playhouse a fine job with a difficult play, subject

Kudos to the theater company for taking on such an unusual play about such a difficult topic.

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association defines categories for third season

The object of the selection of winners is not to single out the “best” in any category, but to reward the outstanding elements of the season, the work that is not possible to forget, that stands out, that exemplifies excellence.

THEATRE REVIEW: Once again ‘Our Town,’ this time with new life

Every once in a while, something happens to transform this play and bring it back to its origins and, when that happens, as it did on stage at the Ghent Playhouse, it transforms me and my feelings about the play.

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Clever Little Lies’ at Ghent Playhouse, funny and thoughtful

In a season defined thus far by the shallowness of parody, this play is a mood- and mode-changer, bringing us deeper and more thoughtful theater.

PREVIEW: Delight, deceit and desire at Shakespeare & Company’s 2018 season

The company is offering a 40 percent discount on tickets to full-time, year-round residents of Berkshire County.

Bits & Bytes: Educators’ symposium at Norman Rockwell Museum; Radius Playwrights Festival; ‘Clever Little Lies’ at the Ghent Playhouse; BioEYES science program

The Radius Playwrights Festival features fully staged readings of the six selected new short plays created by local writers within a 50-mile radius of Great Barrington.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Four Freedoms’ talk at Norman Rockwell Museum; ‘Living Younger Longer’ at Fairview; Ghent Playhouse seeks directors

On Jan. 6, 1941, in his annual address to Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt argued that freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear should be accepted as human rights not only in the United States, but across the world.

Bits & Bytes: Parade of Lights; ‘Messiah’ sing-in; ‘A Day in the Life of a Girl and Boy’ family day; ‘The Little Mermaid;’ Monica...

At the Norman Rockwell Museum family day author Will Lach will hold a reading and talk about the books, and have a conversation with model Mary Whalen Leonard, who posed for several of Rockwell’s most beloved paintings.

Bits & Bytes: NAACP awards dinner; W.E.B. Du Bois Falseworkshop; ‘Chicken People’ at Mason Library; Abigail Pogrebin at Knosh & Knowledge; Ghent Playhouse auditions

The Falseworkshop will focus on W.E.B. Du Bois's global reach as a political thinker and activist, in preparation for the town of Great Barrington’s celebration of Du Bois’s sesquicentennial in 2018.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Opulent Emporiums;’ Cohen, Krauss at Southfield Church; Chicken Day at Scoville Library; ‘Greater Tuna’ auditions

At Chicken Day Leslie Watkins will tell stories about her flock of Bantam hens and their rooster friends and will describe what makes chickens such interesting social creatures.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Guitar’ exhibit; ‘Art from Farm to Table;’ FilmWorks Forum; ‘True West’ at Ghent Playhouse

'Art from Farm to Table' includes depictions and interpretations of landscapes, buildings, farm life, flowers, vegetables, insects and animals–everything found in an agricultural environment that might, or might not, end up on a table.

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