Stagestruck: From Silver Screen to Holiday Stage

Stagestruck: From Silver Screen to Holiday Stage

Two shows based on classic holiday movies are brightening area stages this season. In Pittsfield, Berkshire Theatre Group offers the stage adaptation of the 1954 blockbuster “White Christmas,” and Hartford Stage Company has moved “It’s a Wonderful Life” into an old-time radio studio.

Stagestruck: Deck Us All

Stagestruck: Deck Us All

Tidings of comfort and joy, along with seasonal satires, are filling the area’s theaters. This month, I count at least three “Christmas Carols” and a “Nutcracker,” along with original takes on evergreen Hollywood movies and more family-friendly events.

Stagestruck: Bright Half Life

Stagestruck: Bright Half Life

Tanya Barfield’s brief two-character play “Bright Half Life,” at Silverthorne Theater, looks at the span of a relationship through a kaleidoscopic lens – not as an arc but in an ever-changing firmament of fleeting moments.

Stagestruck: Singin’ in the Storm

Stagestruck: Singin’ in the Storm

K and E Theater Group’s current production of he musical “Cabaret” at the Northampton Center for the Arts features a superb ensemble who adroitly capture both the show’s infectious vitality and its painful trajectory.

Stagestruck: Identity Crises

Stagestruck: Identity Crises

Two comedies now playing in the Valley turn on mix-ups and plot twists. “Don’t Dress for Dinner” is a sex farce set in the French countryside. “he Pirates of Penzance” is an operetta set in the hometown of “Arrr!”

Stagestruck: An Absurdity of Chairs

Stagestruck: An Absurdity of Chairs

An ancient couple, known only as Old Man and Old Woman, are living in bleak isolation in what seems to be a post-apocalyptic time in which all of civilization – or at least Paris – has been destroyed. They are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the survivors, an assortment of guests they’ve invited to hear a mysterious “message” from the Old Man that will save the world, or “what’s left of it.”

Stagestruck: Tricky Treats

Stagestruck: Tricky Treats

A Halloween basket of goodies in the area this weekend and next – from ghost stories imagined and real, to plays witchy and weird, plus a one-night Happening.

Stagestruck: Voices on the Wind

Stagestruck: Voices on the Wind

WAM Theatre’s press kit includes advice on how to approach reporting on their production of “Kamloopa.” A statement by the playwright, Kim Senklip Harvey, a member of the Syilx and Tsilhqot’in Nation centered in British Columbia, outlines “Protocols for entering the Indigenous Artistic Ceremony” – not only in general but for this play specifically. Top of the list: “Indigenous protocol is to be respected. Period.”

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Happenings in the Valley

Happenings in the Valley

Our online calendar has listings from organizations across the country hosting virtual events, but we’ve chosen to highlight some from local venues and groups.

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