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Nuns Going Wild in Sharon

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Intense, Riveting, Brilliant Two-Hander in Lenox

Theater: ‘Topdog/Underdog’

‘Are we brothers?” The question comes near the climax of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize- winning drama “Topdog/Underdog,” being presented at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, Mass. 

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Berkshire Summer Theater Season Draws to a Close

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‘Merry Wives of Windsor’
The current offering at Shakespeare & Company in their Roman Garden Theatre in Lenox is a rollicking presentation of “Merry Wives of Windsor.” Director Kevin G. Coleman calls it “a romp … a farce..” and his sure handed delivery of the comedy is all of that and more.

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Sharon Playhouse Does It Again — With Gusto

Theater:‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

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Musical Celebrates The Lives of Workers

Theater: ‘Working: A Musical’

Calling “Working: A Musical” onstage at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, a play may be a bit of a misnomer. A musical revue might better suit the two hour celebration of working women and men that has been selling out houses since its opening.  

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Past Meets Present and Challenges the Future

Theater: ‘The Children’

How many times have writers and speakers, politicians and pundits quoted T.S. Eliot’s final words from “The Hollow Men”  “This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang, but a whimper”?
Although this is often considered truth, if the current production of “The Children” at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., is factored in, the end will also come with dancing, laughter, deep personal revelations, treachery, forgiveness … and yoga.

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A New Take on an Old Play

Theater: ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

Shakespeare & Company creates stupendous theatrical experiences, and its “The Taming of the Shrew,” currently being offered at the Edith Wharton estate, The Mount, is lively and entertaining.
The setting for this energetic presentation of one of Shakespeare’s most widely performed and adapted comedies (think Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate”) is The Dell, a natural amphitheater that the company has made their own with the addition of a platform stage and, depending on the production, simple, colorful, representative set pieces.  

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Notes on the Ice Age, Atlantic City and the Family Mammoth

Theater: ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize –winning “The Skin of Our Teeth,” currently onstage at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge, Mass., poses an interesting question.

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Gender Confusion The Shakespeare Way

Theater: ‘Twelfth Night’

The plot of ‘Twelfth Night,” currently on stage at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., is really quite simple.
She loves the Duke, but he think’s she’s a he, since she dresses like one after washing up on shore after a boat wreck that she thinks killed her twin brother.  So, he sends her/him to plead his case to the countess he believes he loves ... except the countess then falls in love with him/her thinking it’s he, not she.  

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Pure Musical Magic in Sharon

Theater: ‘Beauty and The Beast’

This is how fairy tales work: You start with heedless cruelty, add danger, evil, ignorance, a daunting forest (most fairy tales have one of those), magic and the notion that love can fix anything. And there you are with a salutary finish. It works every time.
  “Beauty and the Beast” sticks to the formula like gaffer’s tape. And the Sharon Playhouse production makes the 18th-century tale (without a failed seduction and other dispiriting matters) a glittery and joyous thing.

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