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‘The Cocktail Hour’ Performed

Aglet Theatre Company performed A.R. Gurney’s “The Cocktail Hour”
at Dewey Memorial Hall in Sheffield, Mass., on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Above, Macey Levin (who also directed), Deann Halper, Alex Petrova and Dave Edson starred in the staged reading at the 1:30 performance. Go to www.aglettheatre.net
 or call 860-435-6928 for more on their upcoming schedule.

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New Production Team Comes To Sharon Playhouse

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Separately, Robert Levinstein and Alan M-L Wager are, by their own assessment, “left brain” and “right brain.” Together, they are the new artistic producing team for the Sharon Playhouse.
Playhouse Board Chair Emily Soell introduced the duo in a press release on October 18. 

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Strong 16th-Century Women

Theater: ‘The Last Wife’

With revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged bullying and sexual misconduct with women continuing to flood news media, how serendipitous that WAM Theatre is presenting a play about that most notorious sexual bully and abuser of women, Henry VIII, and his sixth wife, Katherine Parr. 
More importantly, Canadian playwright Kate Hennig’s finely crafted “The Last Wife” combines imagination with fact to position Katherine as a woman who clashed with an all-male Tudor power structure and often won.

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A Satisfying Mystery and Comedy

Theater: ‘Clue’

This is simply the perfect time of year to enjoy a production of “Clue” at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck: As Halloween approaches, I’m in the ideal mind frame to enjoy a tale of mystery, murder, and merry mania. Up In One Production has served up exactly that, much to my delight. 
While I am quite certain that a measure of my enjoyment hinged upon my warm nostalgia for the “Clue” board game and the 1985 film adaptation, the actors’ energy and enthusiasm made Friday night’s performance a winner in my book.

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Fly With Them To Neverland

Theater: ‘Peter Pan’

At one point in “Peter Pan,” the title character asks the audience to clap their hands if they believe in fairies.
During opening night at the Performing Arts Center at Taconic Hills, the crowd roared with applause, saving the life of Peter’s fairy friend, Tinker Bell.

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Psychology, Perfidy and Perfection

Theater: ‘Gaslight’

Mrs. Manningham enters the room with a razor in her hand, approaches her husband, and …. well, let’s not ruin the ending. 
“Gaslight,” currently running at Berkshire Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson Main Stage in Pittsfield through Oct. 22, should be savored, not quickly glossed over.

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Two Stars Shine In Delightful Performances

Theater: ‘Lost Lake’

‘Lost Lake,” Berkshire Theatre Group’s fall production in its Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Mass., is a two-character play that will keep you delighted and laughing for its 90 intermission-less minutes, but it will have no lasting dramatic impact. That’s because its characters, well drawn as they may be, are on separate trajectories that never intersect — or when they do, briefly in the final few minutes, it is too little, too late.

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I Do Recommend This Musical

Theater: I Do! I Do!’

There were laughs. One would expect so, since the lines in “I Do! I Do!” are still crisp, the acting in the current TheatreWorks New Milford production superb and the subject matter close to the hearts of many in the audience.
And, there were nervous laughs. One would expect so, since “I Do! I Do!” by Tom Jones (book and lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (music) collapses a 50-year marriage into an evening and, along the way, manages to strike an exposed nerve or two in the audience.

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It’s An Engaging Cast, But The Story Falls Flat

Theater: ‘Dark of the Moon’

It’s not hard to see why Howard Richardson and William Berney’s “Dark of the Moon” would be a favorite of high school and college theater programs. 
The play, written in 1945, is brimming with meaty roles for budding actors: a Puck-ish witch-boy and his witchy henchwomen, a sinning girl, a Baptist preacher and all sorts of local color to evoke backwoods Appalachia, the play’s setting. 
In the new production by the Sherman Players, there’s even a character named “Local Color Banjo Man.”

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Grim And Riveting

Theater: ‘No Exit’

The Aglet Theatre Company is presenting “No Exit,” directed by Thomas Gruenewald, for two performances this Saturday, Oct. 7,  at Dewey Hall in Sheffield, Mass. This is a small play, one act, written in 1944 by Jean Paul Sartre during the German occupation of France.

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