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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on One Mercantile and Sett—success in downtown Great Barrington

Local couple successfully builds a pair of brick-and-mortar businesses from the ground up by meeting the community where they are.

Bits & Bytes: CATA gala and performances; Bard College chamber ensemble; lecture on Saul Bellow at Ahavath Sholom

CATA performance, gala at Shakespeare & Company Lenox -- Community Access to the Arts presents “Ready, Willing & Able,” CATA’s annual performance and gala on...

The Ages of Aquarius: Turbulent evolution of Shakespeare & Company

"I know I’m supposed to say that I’m excited about the season coming up, but I am actually really excited about the season coming up. I think our education process is great and our training program is having an outstanding success. Maybe I’m being a bit Pollyanna, but from where I’m looking, the company is really doing great." -- Jonathan Croy, interim director at Shakespeare & Company

Digby: Out out, brief candle!

"Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. -- Macbeth

A successful restaging of ‘Heroes’ at Ghent Playhouse

I am thrilled with the newness of this play in Ghent, the excitement of discovery of new things I had not noticed the first time around. All of the participants should clap each other on the back and take personal credit for jobs well done in a play about jobbers who want things done right.

Bits & Bytes: GB arts market; poet Deborah Alecson at Lauren Clark; ‘Thetis’ at Shakespeare & Company

"I sometimes think that if we, as a species, could see the bigger picture -- could see our planet in the midst of its galaxy in the midst of the universe, maybe we would stop killing each other." -- Kristin Wold, creator of "Thetis: Immortal Fire"

Review: ‘Private Eyes,’ a play wrapped in mystery wrapped in a play

On leaving the theater afterward all I could think was that I had witnessed something I could never testify to in court and yet I was sure I understood everything in spite of the evidence to the contrary. I love to be challenged and Croy, Dietz and the company have left me feeling just that way.

Preview Part I: At Shakespeare & Company, ‘Private Eyes’

Director Jonathan Croy sees “Private Eyes” as a perfect reflection of romance in the 1990’s, and “it still works beautifully today.” Because it’s a slice of romance in the here and now — any here and now.

Review: ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,’ Chekhov in ‘Berkshire’ County

Shakespeare & Company is known for its revelatory clarity of dense speech as well as for its comic abilities. It was made for this play.

Letter from Paris

The possibility of having the time of your Afterlife in Paris is greatly enhanced by the fact that the dead here are taken as seriously as the living.

Review: Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare in the open air

This is such a fun afternoon theater experience that even though the ultimate trio of deaths is tragic and moving, that is not a downer in this production. This show is too much fun to miss.

All of the Bard in all of two hours

This is an outrageous howl-out-loud edition of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)."

Berkshire Playwrights Lab: Seven Successful Years Celebrated with a Gala

"This is one of my favorite events in the Berkshires. It’s a true honor to be a part of this -- they are celebrating new playwrights, new work, rich language and stories that resonate within all of us." -- Shakespeare and Company actress and Communications Director Elizabeth Aspenlieder

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But Not To Produce.