4000 Miles is charming, insightful, and moving, an enjoyable anthropological study of contemporary American life across the generations.
Shakespeare and Company
Two fine new plays that create deeply absorbing drama from stories in the headlines.
“I was/am struck by the women in The How and the Why. I hadn’t seen them onstage before. Nor had I quite heard from them before.”
Director Jenna Ware’s adaptation (a world premiere) of Carlo Goldoni’s inspired zaniness puts a delightfully distinctive spin on a classic of clowning.
Olympia Dukakis makes good on her desire to evoke the weakness the indomitable Mother Courage fights so hard to cover up: the actress conveys the highs and lows of this gargantuan character with enormous power.
Two Berkshire theaters are offering one-woman shows this summer. Both scripts feature intelligent, frank, and charismatic women. Both productions star gifted and seasoned actors.
While by no means the headiest permutation of commedia dell’arte, Shakespeare & Company’s production of THE VENETIAN TWINS is skillful as anything a commedia enthusiast might hope to see.
The production is set in France of the 1920s and artfully combines evocations of both Paris and the Forest of Arden: The city of lights is represented by miniature versions of famous landmarks: the Arc de Triomphe; Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower — that twinkle at night and serve as props as well as set.
This is a highly satisfying evening of light theater that provokes its audience to bursts of recognition, laughter and sorrow in quick succession.
May is usually a so-so respite before the summer season revs up, but there’s some interesting productions popping up, including Propeller Theatre Company’s all-male versions of Shakespeare’s Richard III and The Comedy of Errors, Amy Brenneman’s autobiographical show Mouth Wide Open, and an opportunity to see J. M. Barrie take it on in the chin […]