Stage Reviews & Coverage
Knocking Down the Pins
Comedian Brian Regan on the challenges of getting a laugh
A Moveable Mud Season Feast
T he Royal Frog Ballet (pictured) is a Montague-based “amoeba of collaborators” who are...
There’s A Place for Us
I n fair Verona, where Shakespeare lays his scene, Romeo and Juliet kiss on a balcony while the young...
Ogres and Cheerleaders
W hen straight, responsible Agnes comes across the gaming module left behind by her dead alpha-nerd...
Dark River Journey
Singing an unsung civil rights heroine
To Dream the Impossible
Two shows at Springfield’s Symphony Hall this weekend represent classic points on the entertainment...
Stagestruck: Contrary Cowards
Two quite different plays from the same witty pen
Stagestruck: Money Talks
A new play discusses women’s relationships with legal tender.
Academy Mystery Tour
L ast spring, the front-of-house manager at the Academy of Music discovered an old cardboard box containing...
Raunchy Radio and Geeky Burlesque
N orthampton’s Academy of Music is currently developing an original play set in the 1940s, based...
Morgan Unfiltered
There will be no apologies for what happens at the Hu Ke Lau Feb. 28.
Stagestruck: Invidious Comparisons
Local theaters can outshine their big-budget rivals.
Stagestruck: Unhappy Families
…make good drama in two domestic tragedies on local stages.
Stagestruck: Calling Out Around the World
V-Day gives women activists a brand new beat.
Stagestruck: Mismatched Marriage
One scene, half scripted, half improvised, totally hilarious
Stagestruck: Hamlet, Prince of Gangland
A French theater finds the laughs in Shakespeare
Stagestruck: Girls Will Be Boys
…and vice versa, in two gender-swapping productions
It’s a Wonderful, Live
I t’s a Wonderful Life is as hardy a staple of Christmastime entertainment as A Christmas...
Summer Sizzle
In Stick Fly , conflicts over race, class and privilege simmer and then boil over. Lydia R. Diamond’s...
Playing for Time
T otal verrückt is the German equivalent of “stark raving mad.” It was the ironic...
Stagestruck: Gobsmacked by History
A new play dissects game-changing assassinations.
Shining a Light on History
Recalling a time of revolutionary turmoil and religious frenzy in mid-17th-century England, Caryl Churchill’s...
Samurai, Shinto and Sake
They start the day with a 16-mile run, followed by rehearsals on a veritable orchestra of Taiko drums....
Physics and Chemistry
WAM Theatre exists on two levels: to produce work that foregrounds women playwrights and performers,...
Downstairs Upstairs
Your typical tour of a historical mansion invites you to see the house through the eyes of its wealthy...
Ira Glass
The creator of This American Life comes to town for a one-man show.
Collateral Damage
“There’s only three things the guys let you be if you’re a girl in the military—a...
Stagestruck: Real Live Theater
The National turns 50, and Womb-Words thirsts.
Page to Stage
The first “issue” of Live Art Magazine! , a new, annual stage venture with the shape and...
Maher Stands Up
The comedic commentator comes to Springfield’s Symphony Hall.
Alien Aerobics
The societal standards we often consider iron-clad—what is familiar, normal and what is “other”—are...
Spring in the Fall
In 1913, composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky electrified the ballet world with...
Stagestruck: Four to Go
Valley colleges open their theater seasons
What Goes Around
At the end of Lorraine Hansberry’s precedent-shattering play A Raisin in the Sun , the Younger...
Art in Unexpected Places
The third annual Double Take Fringe Festival romps through a variety of underused spaces and architectural...
Witnesses to a Century
Double Edge Theatre may call their Ashfield farmstead home, but they are a world-class, and world-traveling,...
Mortal Engines
Two Othellos place the tragic Moor on today’s battlefield.
Seven Stories, Six Languages
Since its inception five years ago, First Generation Ensemble, the youth-focused arm of Springfield’s...
Keeping Les Miz Cool
The most thrilling non-musical moment in the stage version of Les Misérables is a trick of...
Stagestruck: Laugh ‘Til You Cry
Do theaters think they need to jolly us into buying tickets?
Literary Lions
“Scott” is F. Scott Fitzgerald. “Hem” is Ernest Hemingway. The Garden of Allah...
Stagestruck: Fringe Fabrics
Alternative theaters sew up experimental works.
Something Old, Something New
Jacob’s Pillow Dance concludes its season this weekend with a look back to its roots and a forward-looking...
Wild and Wilder
Wilder/W illiams is a coupling of two lesser known one-act plays by American masters. The Happy...
In theLooney Bin
Backstage with the entertainment crew at Six Flags
Cmplt Wks
Benedick and Beatrice, the prickly lovers in Much Ado About Nothing, are the most delightfully notorious...
The Cripple and the Beauty Queen
Martin McDonagh’s films—2008’s In Bruges and last year’s Seven Psychopaths...
Fractured Dreams
“I am on a journey to push the envelope,” says Sheryl Stoodley, founder and director of...
The Neverending Story
Double Edge Theatre is eager to dispel impressions that this summer’s traveling spectacle, Shahrazad...
PICK
Stranger-than-fiction category: Robert Eads was a self-described “hillbilly and proud of it,”...
When Piotr Met Nadezhda
The mysterious relationship of the great Russian composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his great patroness,...
The Funny Side of the Street
Where the Valley goes for stand-up comedy
Inside the Funk
Jacob’s Pillow trains young dancers for work in “the industry.”
10 Years of Funny
The Ha-Has comedy group was created by accident in 2003 when Pam Victor, then an improv newbie, offered...
Singing the Past
Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik are the words-and-music team responsible for Spring Awakening , that...
Summer Arts Preview: In the Wings
Our theater critic samples the unfolding summer season.
Star-Crossed Lovers
Star-Crossed Lovers Federico García Lorca’s poetic tragedy Blood Wedding is positively...
Stage: What Happened
This weekend, southern Vermont becomes a hotbed of exciting experimental theater from Vermont Performance...
Stage: Helluva Town, Helluva Time
Two shows opening this week at Barrington Stage Company illustrate the poles theater can occupy: On...
Sexy Spirits
Sex is in the air on two Hartford stages. On one, sexual longing and confusion, Shakespeare style;...
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