Songwriter William Finn visits the cast and company of "...Spelling Bee" at the Theater Barn; photo: Allen Phelps
Theatre miracles abound in The Berkshires. When one of the American musical theater's professional greats takes the time to visit a non-Equity company and see his work interpreted with brilliance by a young company and then offers an impromptu talk back with the company and the audience, theater truly comes into its own. That is what happend with William Finn went to the Theater Barn in August. Without fanfare, with no presumptions he showed up to see what the non-pros were doing with one of his finest works and after one act he decided to show his appreciation for their excellent work. This is one of the things I love most about the theater in this region: there are always surprises to be had if you happen to be in the right place at the right time. The rest of the time you only get good work from talented people and that's really what i'ts all about.
The Berkshire Theatre Region, as defined by the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association includes companies within a fifty mile range from the borders of Berkshire County and our coverage keeps expanding to take in more and more companies in Vermont, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. If, like me, you cannot get enough live theater you can literally see at least three plays a week during the summer without missing much of anything. In August I reviewed at least seven shows a week. Now that we're in September I am down to two or three each week. With glee I say, too few rarely happens, and too many never does.
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