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Theater: ‘Man’s Best Friend, A Dog Park Story’
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Love dogs? Good acting? A delightful tale? It’s all here in “Man’s Best Friend, A Dog Park Story” at Mixed Company in Great Barrington. 

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Right Actors, Wrong Show

Theatre: 'Gypsy'
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If only the end of “Gypsy” came closer to the beginning, it would be easier to sit through the rest of it. Mama Rose, the desperate woman who drives her daughters into lives on stage is, in the show’s final moments, deserted by both of them, and Karen Ziemba, stunning as the furious, enraged mother, comes to see she did it all for herself. She is majestic.

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Gas up the Packard, Honey, We’re Driving to Chatham

Theater: ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’

The storyline isn’t revolutionary. Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back, this time for good. 
When, however, you add four more girls getting boys, which doesn’t even count the pairings in the ensemble, and add in Prohibition, bootlegging, bloviating Senators, self-righteous temperance union leaders, an interpretive dancer and a few cops, it can get complicated … and simply wonderful.

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About Love, Loss And Change

Theater: ‘Over the River and Through the Woods’

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Hard-Working Cast Never Bonds

Theater: ‘Steel Magnolias’

What once seemed touching and real on stage can, years later, feel creaky, especially when the film version was an iconic, if overwrought, paean to female bonding. So it is with “Steel Magnolias,” Robert Harling’s 1987 play based on his family’s real-life experience with tragedy and loss, playing in Rhinebeck.

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New Blood, Classic Work At Sherman Playhouse

Theater: ‘Tartuffe’
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It all started at a dinner party. “Would you like to be involved in the Sherman Playhouse?” member of the playhouse board Katherine Almquist asked a newcomer to the staff at Marvelwood School. That newcomer, Assistant Head of School for Advancement Paul J. Tines, said he would. And now Tines is directing the playhouse’s next production, “Tartuffe,” opening July 8.

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Witty, Compelling, Familiar

Theater: ‘The Taming’

Search as much as you might, you will find little information about Elena Keller. But visit Ober Gallery in Kent, CT, and you will see the work of this powerful artist in a solo exhibition. Keller, a Russian who lives part of the year in New York City, is an original, who has taken both surrealism and abstraction into her mind, combines them with a strong sense of color, texture, even Russian and Soviet history — what contemporary Russian painter doesn’t? — and  creates fascinating oil paintings and collages.

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A Hypochondriac, a Dolt and Some Engaging Performers

Theater: ‘The Imaginary Invalid’

Molière’s “The Imaginary Invalid,” written in 1673, is, among other things, a satire of the medical profession — which was low-hanging fruit at a time when bloodletting and enemas were the go-to treatments for just about any ailment.

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Sensational Gala Promises A Fine Sharon Playhouse Season

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Sharon Playhouse produced sensation after sensation at its annual fundraising gala Saturday, May 21. No more the community theater that staged respectable revivals of Broadway musicals, the playhouse proved it is well on its way to regional recognition, led by a committed board of directors and dynamic artistic director John Simpkins.

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Some Laughs, But No There There

Theater: ‘The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife’

Here’s a play with a nagging question. Is this a woman in crisis over the death of her therapist, or do we have a woman in crisis because she is a neurasthenic, indulged, restless, limited, selfish and spoiled middle-aged wife of a doctor suspended in an elegant apartment on Riverside Drive (it could be pointed out here that the view from her living room window of the George Washington Bridge places her somewhere north of the drive, but that’s piffling. Careless, but piffling). 

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