Stagestruck: Burnett-ing Down the House

Stagestruck: Burnett-ing Down the House

Archie Burnett is a living repository of the house dance that coalesced in after-hours dance clubs, and “Life Encounters” is his personal odyssey of discovery and initiation, narrated in onstage vignettes with his intergenerational, international, multiracial troupe.

Stagestruck: The ‘Art’ of Friendship

Stagestruck: The ‘Art’ of Friendship

I’ve seen Art several times over the years, and what always strikes me is that it’s a play about men acting like women. And therein lies the crux of the play – and the problem with this production.

Stagestruck: Two Great Ladies on Noah’s Ark

Stagestruck: Two Great Ladies on Noah’s Ark

My partner, a literature professor, has noted a principle in both scholarship and fiction that she calls the Noah’s Ark Approach: If you want to get attention for your female subject, pair her with a famous man. Two new plays in Berkshire theaters illustrate that rule.

Stagestruck: The Weather, the Union, and Othello

Stagestruck: The Weather, the Union, and Othello

I had a theater-going “double feature” planned for last Saturday – two outdoor shows in a row from adventurous Berkshire-based companies. But those plans were disturbed by two irresistible forces: Nature and Actors’ Equity Association.

Stagestruck: A Shaky Shakespeare

Stagestruck: A Shaky Shakespeare

Shakespeare & Company’s King Lear, the first show to open on its Lenox campus in a year and a half, marks another return of live theater after the long intermission. It’s also the inaugural production in the troupe’s new outdoor amphitheater, a handsome addition to the company’s stages that brings its history full circle. So it’s especially disappointing to report that this production falls so short of anticipation.

Stagestruck: Dancing on a Soggy Pillow

Stagestruck: Dancing on a Soggy Pillow

Necessity, that inventive parent, has stimulated some ingenious programming at Jacob’s Pillow, including a mix of live and online shows, starting with perennial favorite Dorrance Dance, a company that has pushed the boundaries of tap.

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Stagestruck: Burnett-ing Down the House

Stagestruck: Burnett-ing Down the House

Archie Burnett is a living repository of the house dance that coalesced in after-hours dance clubs, and “Life Encounters” is his personal odyssey of discovery and initiation, narrated in onstage vignettes with his intergenerational, international, multiracial troupe.