Kevin O'Donnell as Parolles; photo: Kevin Sprague. From Shakespeare and Company's 2008 production of All's Well The Ends Well.
July began with a bevy of wonderful work. From William Inge's unseen play, "Off the Main Road," given a dynamite production in Williamstown through a musical double-header that spotlighted late 20th century people in need of some sort of fulfillment in "Pump Boys and Dinettes" at the Weston Playhouse and "Hairspray" at the Mac-Haydn in Chatham it has been a great week for the heart and the soul in our regional theaters.
Though this summer has really just begun I've already reviewed twenty-four shows and there is only an increase in intensity on the way so check in often to see what's new, what's best and what's not as you make up your own minds about what to see while you're here in the Berkshires. There's a slew of premieres, regional, national and world premieres, coming up along with revivals of old favorites. There are some rarely performed pieces and some that may seem to be over-exposed. Of course until you see them you don't know what values they really bring to the stage. That's why I go - to see and discover and enjoy.
Keep in touch; visit often; go to the theater!!
Coming Soon Watch this space for Things to focus on:
John and Jen at the Theater Barn
Outside Mullingar at the Dorset Theatre Festival
Frankie and Johnnie at the Clair de Lune at the Berkshire Theatre Festival
Unknown Soldier at the Williamstown Theatre Festival
and there'll be much, much more
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"It Shoulda Been You" - NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL - click below to read!