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There’s Nothing Like Live Theater: Artful, Scary, Entertaining

Theater: ‘Cabaret’

This performance of “Cabaret” has everything: pre-theater announcements in German, vivid choreography, striking imagery, a message about blind nationalism that most of the world ignores and an understudy stepping in to play a small role at the last minute.
“This is live theater,” director Bradford Blake declared before the show, with all its thrills and spills.
It was entertaining theater, too. And sobering.

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Faith, Fact and Forgiveness

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There is a moment in “What the Jews Believe,” playing at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Mass., through Oct. 20, that flashes back to Neil Simon’s autobiographical play “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” In the latter, multi-award winning Matthew Broderick speaks to the audience, setting the narration thread for what life was like in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn.  It is the first of a trilogy Simon offered to an eager audience.

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The Elusiveness of Time

Theater: ‘Time Stands Still’

As their summer season winds down, Shakespeare & Company has offered theater buffs one more opportunity to see what happens when a brilliant script, a passionately insightful director and a cast of four beautifully matched actors converge on the same stage. “Time Stands Still” by Donald Margulies will run through Oct. 13 in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre on Shakespeare & Company’s Lenox, Mass., campus.  

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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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