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Encore! Billy Collins

Billy Collins is surely the most popular American poet since Robert Frost. We are pleased to offer an encore column of his wonderful work.

Jonathan Candee, 33, of Tempe, Ariz., formerly of Lenox Dale

Jonathan was very artistic and loved paintings, cooking delectable and adventurous meals, and decorating his home.

Bits & Bytes: Fall Festival of Shakespeare; Tolkien literary workshop; tobacco treatment open house

During the forum, Hammond will reveal how, as an enthusiastic reader of J.R.R. Tolkien, he came to be a leading expert on the author, decided on his profession and found love in the bargain.

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘As You Like It’ a superb finale to Shake & Co. summer season

Director Allyn Burrows places Shakespeare’s romantic comedy in The Roaring Twenties, tapping into the abandon and changing values of the rollicking Prohibition era.

NEA awards $328,000 to cultural organizations and initiatives in the Berkshires

The arts currently create upwards of 4,000 year-round jobs here, and even more seasonally, all of which support other jobs.

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

Hotel or home? Berkshire towns struggle to regulate, tax Airbnb’s

Many towns and cities across the state are grappling with an array of gray areas, including whether and how to tax these short-term rentals and whether they should be held to the same zoning, building and health standards.

REVIEW: Wharton’s ‘Roman Fever’ and ‘The Fullness of Life’ at Shakespeare & Co: Sophisticated, incisive

In both dramatizations, authentic adaptation, uncluttered direction and skillful acting prevail for two acts of sophisticated storytelling.

THEATRE REVIEW: A disappointing ‘Intimate Apparel’ at Shakespeare & Co.

With more action in props rather than plot or character, notions of gender, class, sexuality, freedom, race, equality get tossed around with no dramatic effect.

From Stage Center: The Berkshire Theatre Awards

Founded by North Adams resident and critic Larry Murray, from Berkshire On Stage, with the assistance of a small group of other devoted theater-goers and writers, the awards are intended to be a yearly celebration of the finest work done in the region between October 1 and September 30 every year.

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona,’ flawless, fun-filled at Shake & Co.

With this Jonathan Croy production and these people on stage, you will never, ever be bored.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Baby Box fundraiser; Guatemala education talk; Phyllis Kornfeld talk; waste oil & paint collection; ‘Henry VI.six’ at Shake & Co.;...

Newly launched nonprofit Berkshire Baby Box offers a welcome gift for new moms: a box filled with supplies that aid in the care of newborns. The box doubles as a safe sleeping place for the baby.

Art in action: A conversation with Shakespeare & Company’s Kevin Coleman

Shakespeare & Company’s Education Director Kevin Coleman is a 2016 Tony Award Finalist for Excellence in Theatre Education. “Creativity is our birthright. All art gives us insights into ourselves, keys to our own creativity, and theatre adds a natural experience of cooperation,” he notes.

THEATRE REVIEW: At Shake & Co. ‘Cry ‘Havoc!’– Skakespearean agony in real life

Not your usual one-person play, this play is about the journey of a man's real life, a man who is compelled through circumstance to be a loner first, last and always.

At Shakespeare & Company, discovering Aphra Behn: The brilliant playwright nobody knows

Considering the dismal lack of opportunity available to women in her time, Aphra Behn made a stubborn, and possibly wrong-headed decision: “I’ll be a playwright…. I’ll earn my own bread or go hungry.”

PROFILE: Lenox-born actor Finn Wittrock builds a stellar career

Of the Berkshires, Finn Wittrock acknowledges that he "was in a community that cared about artistic expression, and Shakespeare & Company was the springboard for my career."

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Or,’ an incomparable Aphra Behn at Shakespeare & Co.

The Tina Packer Playhouse has a winner with this play. Even with the quirkiness in the writing, the Company onstage and backstage has presented a play worth watching – every moment of it.
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