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CONNECTIONS: A tale of two 19th-century Berkshire women

One had a solid impact on Berkshire County and her generation. While the other, although more famous, may have had no impact on the county at all. You decide.

Debut book chronicles the multifaceted journey of grief

Grief, we learn from author Beth Robbins, is messy. There are no maps to guide us, no direct way out of the confusion that threatens to engulf.

REVIEW: Shake & Co’s ‘The Children’ is engrossing and disarming

Characters prevail with a splendid trio of Shakespeare & Company veterans, who take on colloquial (and fully comprehensible) English accents.

THEATRE REVIEW: In Shake & Co’s ‘The Children,’ drama leading to tragedy is as funny as can be

It is deceptively simple, but there are so many layers of truth, humor, history and relationships that to dig through the surrounding fields of emotion to find the right spot for each and every one of them must have been a remarkable experience.

Three Shakespeare comedies highlight Shakespeare & Company’s 2019 season

“The strings of the heart” is artistic director Allyn Burrows’ concept theme for the summer and he has chosen a quartet of very contemporary plays to flesh out the idea.

Bits & Bytes: One World Concert; Winter Studio Festival of Plays; gov’t shutdown impacts museum exhibit

The Berkshire Museum will be open to visitors Tuesday, Jan. 15, and Wednesday, Jan. 16, in light of the cancellation of a planned closing due to the federal government shutdown delaying the arrival of the “Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion” exhibit.

Bits & Bytes: Isadora Duncan dance workshop; ‘Berkshire Voices’; Berkshire Stonewall potluck; Berkshire Theatre Awards

Berkshire Voices, led by playwright Michael Brady, was created by and for Berkshire-based playwrights to provide key support and resources for writers at every stage of their careers

Bits & Bytes: OLLI University Day; CATA in North County; ‘Why Do Birds Sing?’; Pittsfield Photo Challenge

Tom Stephenson, author of “The Warbler Guide” and several birding apps, will present an overview of the kinds of vocalizations that birds make, how they are acquired and how the song-learning process unfolds.

Theater in the Round

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

THEATRE REVIEW: In Shakespeare & Co.’s outstanding production of ‘Mothers and Sons’ Annette Miller’s performance is riveting

With impeccable timing, nuanced vocal shifts and calibrated movement—the adjusting of the skirt, the nervous twitching of hands, the folding of the arms in self defense—Ms. Miller creates an indelible, psychologically credible, pathetic character.

THEATRE REVIEW: Shakespeare & Co.’s ‘Mothers and Sons’ deadly serious with a perfect quartet of players

Hands down, this is the densest 91 minutes you will ever spend in a theater, and every minute is precious and special and important and entertaining.

A new way to party: Daniel’s Art Party at Simon’s Rock

“One of the main objectives of the festival is to include and engage the audience in new and exciting ways – and to include the wider Berkshire community.” --- Sandy Cleary, director of the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Bits & Bytes: Daniel’s Art Party; CATA art book; ‘Battle of the Bartenders’; Voodoo Orchestra at Club Helsinki Hudson; ‘Backdoor Poetry’ art exhibit

The book "You Can't Replace Yourself” draws from 25 years of poems, paintings and drawings created in Community Access to the Arts' weekly arts workshops.

REVIEW: Radius Play Festival, six one-act plays from the Berkshire Playwright’s Lab

This year’s selections were pulled from over 100 plays submitted. I’d say book now for next year rather than risk missing out on these new discoveries.

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: ‘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.
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