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When Songs Were Lyrical

Theater: ‘Coming Back Like A Song’

The wonderful songs pouring off Berkshire Theatre Group’s main stage in Stockbridge, Mass., are from the world premiere of Lee Kalcheim’s play, “Coming Back Like a Song.” It’s Christmas Eve 1956, and Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen have just returned from an ASCAP meeting for  a stag get-together in Berlin’s sumptuous Beekman Place duplex. (The posh sets and decorations are by Randall Parsons.)

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‘Other Desert Cities’ is Powerful and Prescient

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Choices. Making them. Good ones and bad ones. That’s what “Other Desert Cities” at The Sherman Playhouse is about. That and the Christmas Eve reunion of the Wyeth family in Palm Springs. The tree is huge and blanketed in white lights, there’s Scotch and Lillet  Rouge and ice on the bar and the sitting room is cold, blue and spare. This is Christmas in the desert.

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Shakespeare’s Summer Love at The Mount

Theater: ‘Love’s Labors Lost’

Shakespeare & Company is presenting Shakespeare’s comedy, “Love’s Labors Lost” in the Dell at Edith Wharton’s Lenox, Mass. estate, The Mount, until August 18. An outdoor performance, it will be subject to the foibles of New England weather (if it rains, the performances will be in the nearby stables) so planning ahead is encouraged.

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‘All Shook Up’ Opens

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The Sharon Playhouse Youth Production of “All Shook Up” opens this week, the 1950s musical packed with  Elvis Presley songs and acted, sung and danced by a large cast of local and talented young people ages 13 to 19.

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Vibrant ‘Macbeth’ Set in 19th Century America

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Simple, Sensitive, Sensational

Theater: ‘Morning After Grace’

‘Morning After Grace” is on stage at Shakespeare & Company’s Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox, MA until July 15. When this piece appears, there will be seven more performances. Going to www.shakespeare.org can provide more information and allow you to secure tickets.  Please do. 

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An Irresistible Paean to Life in the Theater

Theater: ‘The Royal Family of Broadway’

Do you remember when Julianne Boyd founded Barrington Stage Company in the regional high school in Sheffield, Mass., in 1995, or when she made the daring move to Pittsfield in 2006? Did you see her premieres of “Putnam County Spelling Bee” or “Freud’s Last Sessions,” or her production of “On the Town,” all of which moved on to New York?

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Song, Dance and Big Talents at Sharon Playhouse

Theater: 'Anything Goes'

A new start at The Sharon Playhouse: No more Chekhov with three actors to each part. No more  unique casting for hallowed musicals. No more “Death of a Salesman,” as one totally tone-deaf company scheduled years back to start the season.    
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Musical About Adolescent Life, Love, Laughter and Loss

Theater: ‘Spring Awakening’

‘Spring Awakening” currently in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre in the Warner Theatre complex in Torrington is nothing if not an enigma.  
It’s a musical – such a good musical that it won eight Tony Awards including “Best Musical” in 2007.  But, it’s sobering. Among the subjects streamed through the play are suicide, abortion, incest, bigotry and bullying.

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Anything Goes At the Sharon Playhouse

A new start at The Sharon Playhouse: No more Chekhov with three actors to each part. No more unique casting for hallowed musicals. No more “Death of a Salesman,” as one totally tone-deaf company scheduled years back to start the season.

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