Stagestruck: Christmas at the Darcys’

Stagestruck: Christmas at the Darcys’

In this season of entertainments that cater to our appetite for cozy tradition, two shows this weekend – from Silverthorne Theater in the Valley and Shakespeare & Co. in the Berkshires – hit the nostalgia nerve from a different angle, adding a holiday-themed sequel to a classic love story.

Stagestruck: Wit and Wile on the Riviera

Stagestruck: Wit and Wile on the Riviera

As winter approaches, National Theatre Live serves up a summertime tonic (as in, gin and).  The live-capture of “Much Ado About Nothing,” Shakespeare’s comedy of wit and wile, screens twice this month at Amherst Cinema, the Valley’s indispensable film house.

Stagestruck: Riot Grrrls

Stagestruck: Riot Grrrls

Two shows I saw in London turn received history on its head. In the mini-musical “SIX” the half-dozen wives of Henry VIII sing their side of the story. And at the Globe, a distinctly non-Shakespearean play takes a non-binary look at Joan of Arc.

Stagestruck: Becomings

Stagestruck: Becomings

In the Valley this weekend and next, there’s a show in which a man becomes a woman, one in which a man becomes a feminist, and a few more that feature (mostly) women who promise to become hilarious.

Northampton Councilors Consider Possible Cap on Pot Shops

Northampton Councilors Consider Possible Cap on Pot Shops

City councilors have begun to gather public input on the subject of imposing a cap on the number of marijuana dispensaries that are allowed to open in Northampton, including Florence and Leeds, but action on any formal proposal is not yet in sight.   The City...

Headbanging for a Cause

Headbanging for a Cause

The dose of nostalgia you get from toy gawking — in my opinion — is like no other. Whenever I’m on a Walmart or Target run, I have a tendency to gravitate toward the toy aisles to see what new Marvel action figures line the shelves – yes, I am that person. This time...

Monte Belmonte Wines: A deep drink of Question 3

Monte Belmonte Wines: A deep drink of Question 3

While getting out my glasses (wine glasses, not reading glasses) and preparing to write this column, I had a new email message from the mailing list of Four Seasons Wine & Liquors in Hadley. While most of their subject lines read “For The Woman You Love: Wine...

Stagestruck: A Fall Harvest for the Theater

Stagestruck: A Fall Harvest for the Theater

Next month on area stages (and a screen), three shows featuring women front and center, bucking prejudice, expectations, even labels. Plus, a musical farce with a woman in a beard. That one first. “Die Fledermaus,” the fall offering from Valley Light Opera, is the...

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Headbanging for a Cause

Headbanging for a Cause

The dose of nostalgia you get from toy gawking — in my opinion — is like no other. Whenever I’m on a Walmart or Target run, I have a tendency to gravitate toward the toy aisles to see what new Marvel action figures line the shelves – yes, I am that person. This time...

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Stagestruck: Christmas at the Darcys’

Stagestruck: Christmas at the Darcys’

In this season of entertainments that cater to our appetite for cozy tradition, two shows this weekend – from Silverthorne Theater in the Valley and Shakespeare & Co. in the Berkshires – hit the nostalgia nerve from a different angle, adding a holiday-themed sequel to a classic love story.