Stagestruck: The Hills Are Live

Stagestruck: The Hills Are Live

Live theater returns to the Berkshires this week, not exactly as planned but live and in-person after months of shutdown. Barrington Stage Company and Berkshire Theatre Group are staging outdoor productions that follow Covid-safety protocols.

Stagestruck: Live Theater Returns, Drive-In Style

Stagestruck: Live Theater Returns, Drive-In Style

In a former life I was a musician – a singer-songwriter in the ’70s mold. One of my most memorable gigs was a drive-in concert. I flashed right back to that summer night when I heard Eggtooth Productions was planning to take a peck at the Covid shell with a drive-in performance, live and socially distanced, not in a field but on a rooftop.

Stagestruck: Curtain Up on Stage 3

Stagestruck: Curtain Up on Stage 3

While most theaters in our area remain closed, others are looking past Zoom for ways to offer in-person performances. Last week, as I was thinking about this tipping point between lockdown and relaunch, I got an unexpected invitation.

Stagestruck: In the Zoom Room, Part 2

Stagestruck: In the Zoom Room, Part 2

Until the theaters open up again, a lot of hope, and  a lot of creativity, reside in the Zoom Room. This week we can tune in to a play written for and about that now-ubiquitous cyber-stage, and an original video production that harks back to an era when live theater was still the predominant entertainment medium.

Stagestruck: In the Zoom Room, part 1

Stagestruck: In the Zoom Room, part 1

Phase Two of Massachusetts’ staged reopening started this week, lifting some restrictions on public activities such as dining, swimming and hairdressing (really??) but not on live performance. That no-no doesn’t lift till Phase Four, which won’t come along till late July at the earliest. Meanwhile, there’s Zoom.

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Stagestruck: The Hills Are Live

Stagestruck: The Hills Are Live

Live theater returns to the Berkshires this week, not exactly as planned but live and in-person after months of shutdown. Barrington Stage Company and Berkshire Theatre Group are staging outdoor productions that follow Covid-safety protocols.