Albany Berkshire Ballet brings The Nutcracker to Springfield
Dec05

Albany Berkshire Ballet brings The Nutcracker to Springfield

Visions of Sugarplums Why mess with a good thing? The Albany Berkshire Ballet presents its annual tour of the holiday classic The Nutcracker with an eye toward elegant design, great music, and heartfelt performances. Artistic director Madeline Cantarella Culpo choreographs this production, working with theater and movie set designer Carl Sprague (a Stockbridge native) and costume designers Rita Watson and Victile Donahue. The...

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Stagestruck: ’Tis the Season for Carols and Grace
Dec05

Stagestruck: ’Tis the Season for Carols and Grace

When I heard about Silverthorne Theater Company’s upcoming production of A Christmas Carol, set in a 1930s radio studio, I thought of the story Garrison Keillor tells about the early days of television, when flickering black-and-white images were luring audiences away from radio drama. A young boy, asked which he preferred, radio or TV, answered without hesitation: “Radio. Because the pictures are better.” John Reese, who directed a...

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Winter Arts Preview: Top Valley Events (Jan-Mar 2017)
Nov28

Winter Arts Preview: Top Valley Events (Jan-Mar 2017)

A Spirited Debate One of two things will happen to you when confronted with the bold and brassy acts of clairvoyance that Rebecca Anne LoCicero whips up onstage. One will be a sense of reluctant amazement. The other will be a deep, head-shaking skepticism. LoCicero has been working in the New England area, nationally, and worldwide for more than two decades, and the funny, occasionally outrageous impromptu readings she performs on...

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Juárez: A Documentary Mythology
Nov28

Juárez: A Documentary Mythology

A Tale of Two Cities: Murdertown and Safeville It’s a tale of two cities: one is the self-declared “Safest Large City in America” while right next door, the other has earned the dubious distinction of “Murder Capital of the World.” Director Ruben Polendo and Theater Mitu have distilled hundreds of hours of interviews and audio recordings from Juárez, Mexico, and its neighbor to the north — El Paso, Texas, — into a theater stage...

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STRUT is Easthampton’s New, All-Inclusive Fashion Show
Nov28

STRUT is Easthampton’s New, All-Inclusive Fashion Show

Everything Goes Calling all designers, makers, artists, stylists, fashionistas, tattooers, dandies, body painters, costumers, and retailers: next Thursday, Easthampton turns all of its fashion dials up to a fabulous 11. The first-ever STRUT is an all-inclusive, volunteer-organized, body-positive runway show with live commentary, 15 awards, livestream, red carpet, cameos, goods from local breweries and wineries, high-flying emcee...

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Stagestruck: Seeking Refuge
Nov30

Stagestruck: Seeking Refuge

You wouldn’t expect to find close connections between the Sinai desert, urban Serbia and the Appalachian mountains, but a new play by UMass theater professor Milan Dragicevich brings them tellingly together. Refugee, previewing tonight (Wednesday) and running this weekend and next, takes an episode from Dragicevich’s family history and follows its “generational aftershocks,” as the playwright puts it, into more recent history...

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