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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: Barrington Public Theater makes terrific debut with ‘Breakwater’

The play is very good; the company's production of it is very good; the acting company is very, very good.

THEATRE REVIEW: WAM Theatre’s ‘Lady Randy’ features high-end talent displaying their best work

I wanted, for Anne Undeland, a perfect realization of her first full-length play and WAM gave me what I prayed for.

Anne Undeland’s ‘Lady Randy’ to receive world premiere production by WAM Theatre

In keeping with WAM’s philanthropic mission, a portion of the proceeds from “Lady Randy” will be donated to selected beneficiary Tapestry Health Systems.

Theater in the Round

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

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.

EdgeCast Video: Women’s March 2018

Filmmaker Ben Hillman, accompanying a contingent of Berkshire County residents, recorded the Women’s March this past weekend in New York City that protested the Trump administration’s policies toward immigrants, the environment, women’s rights, and Trump’s threat to the integrity of democracy. Here is the video report, narrated by Jim Frangione.

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: Nona Hendryx at MASS MoCA; ‘The Meaning of Michelle;’ ‘Devil’s Trill’ celebration; ‘Created Equal’ at Temple Anshe Amunim; ‘Two Worlds’ at...

In 'The Meaning of Michelle,' author Veronica Chambers solicited, collected and edited essays by a variety of authors offering varied perspectives on Michelle Obama and her time in the White House.

REVIEW: ‘Some Old Black Man’ is best original new play this season

SOME OLD BLACK MAN acknowledges the political past in a unique way, but never waivers from being a deeply moving, personal tale of father-son reconciliation. There should be more new plays as fine as this. 

Bits & Bytes: ‘Facing Our Truth;’ Eugene R. Fidell at Stockbridge Library; Langhorne Slim at Club Helsinki Hudson; Writers Read; water quality monitors needed

Following the staged reading of 'Facing Our Truth,' Multicultural BRIDGE executive director Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant will moderate a discussion with the directors and actors as well as members of the Council for Equity and Inclusion at Simon's Rock.

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.

EDGECAST VIDEO: Women’s March in NY: This Pussy Grabs Back

The Berkshires goes to the protest: a taste of the festivities. Our Edgecast video crew with Edgecast Copter was on hand for the New York City Women's March on January 21, 2017 which drew an estimated 400,00 to 500,000 participants, among them quite a few from the Berkshires.

EDGECAST: News in Review with Heather Bellow — a podcast

Interviewed by Jim Frangione, Berkshire Edge Managing Editor Heather Bellow discusses the issues she's been covering: proposed PCB dump in Housatonic; the new Jane Iredale/Louisa Ellis store in Great Barrington; the redevelopment of the top of Railroad Street; access to broadband Internet in the rural Berkshires; and the Democratic primary election.

Edgecast video: Geoffrey Young and the art of the gallery

“I had no job and no prospects, so I opened an art gallery.” --- Geoffrey Young

EDGECAST VIDEO PROFILE: Filmmaker John Whalan

An EdgeCast profile of Berkshire multimedia entrepreneur John Whalan of Black Ice Entertainment, who uses his craft to support local institutions such as Community Access to the Arts (CATA) and Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Narrated by Jim Frangione.

Bits & Bytes: Events and items of note in the Berkshires

Western MA Beer Fest in Dalton; Berkshire Playwrights Lab stages reading of Jim Frangione's new play, "Flight of the Monarch"; Free Fun Friday at Jacob’s Pillow; “Van Gogh’s Ear” at AIER; Housatonic River canoe trip sponsored by Mass Audubon and Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.
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