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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.

Berkshire theaters make history: Partial summer season approved

It seems that both Berkshire Theatre Group and Barrington Stage Company are on the right track to restoring our sense of what is beautiful and possible in our lives starting in August.

Theater in the time of COVID-19: How area theaters and theater artists are coping during the pandemic

I asked the directors of several area theaters how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their theaters and their staff in ways that might not be so evident to the lay public.

Alan Chartock: I Publius. The wonder of Tanglewood

Tanglewood, of course, is not the whole story. COVID-19 is killing the arts scene in the Berkshires.

Lamentation for stages gone dark

It is up to our media presenters, newspapers, television and radio news stations, public broadcasting and the like to remind our citizens of the losses to our economy and to our way of life that the closing down of our theaters brings about.

Barrington Stage Company announces special summer season

Julianne Boyd’s company, located in Pittsfield, is the only one of the county’s five principal theater companies to make a move to bring live theater back into play this year.

Musical theater in the age of coronavirus: An American report

The coronavirus pandemic has shut theaters all across America, like the rest of the world, for months at least. What’s beyond that is anyone’s guess.

Kennedy Campaign visits Pittsfield

During the campaign stop, Kennedy spoke about the need for increased economic justice, civil rights, and more equitable healthcare, among other issues. He did not mention Sen. Markey during his remarks.

REVIEW: ‘American Underground’ at Barrington Stage Company sometimes compelling, sometimes wobbly

“American Underground” creates a Trumpian dystopia of horrific proportion and triggers visceral, primitive reactions that are startling.

THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s ‘American Underground’ is powerful, important and necessary

The reality it projects is close at hand and I witness its growth every morning on my TV. See it!

REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s ‘Gertrude and Claudius’ would benefit from more drama, chemistry

In the program’s notes, St. Germain pinpoints the goal: “What works on the page needs to take on its own vivid life on the stage.” Does it? Despite the play’s intelligence, erudition and beautifully crafted language, sadly, not so much.

THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s intellectual ‘Gertrude and Claudius’ lacks passion

It's not the language that makes this play what it is and what it isn't. There is emotion missing in the cleverness of the dialogue and the letters exchanged.

THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s ‘Into the Woods’ features exceptional, fascinating group of performers

This production is the finest I’ve seen and a memorable experience from top to bottom.

Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Art Walk; PlayWorks Weekend; ‘Elizabeth Freeman’s Case for Freedom’; emerald ash borer tree treatment; estate land protection workshop

The Great Barrington Historical Society, in collaboration with Saint James Place, will open its 'Rebels With a Cause' lecture series with 'Elizabeth Freeman's Case for Freedom: The End of Slavery in Massachusetts and the Effects on the Black Community in the Berkshires.'

THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s 10×10 New Play Festival an oasis in a bleak, wet Berkshire winter

The 10 10-minute plays, divided by one intermission, feature 10 playwrights who, each with remarkable economy, illuminate some aspect of life—in the everyday, in the home or in the news—as we are living it, like it or not, in this 2019 winter of discontent.

THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s 10×10 New Play Festival a perfect midwinter offering

The play that ends the first half of the program, 'Pipeline' written by Michael Brady and directed by Julianne Boyd, is utterly moving and effective as three exuberant protestors on the edge of a mountain forest in south Berkshire County are confronted by an actual moment of disaster.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.