Stagestruck: What I Did on My Summer Staycation

Stagestruck: What I Did on My Summer Staycation

In the usual summer theater season, I’ll see dozens of plays and put hundreds of miles on the odometer. But in this most unusual summer, the car stayed mostly in the driveway and I stayed mostly in the house. I did get to over two dozen shows – or rather, they were...

Stagestruck: The Hills Are Live – UPDATE

Stagestruck: The Hills Are Live – UPDATE

Just as this piece was about to be filed last week, Barrington Stage and Berkshire Theatre Group, the first-in-the-country theaters to reopen with live performances, received another blow to their well-laid plans.

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.

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Stagestruck: What I Did on My Summer Staycation

Stagestruck: What I Did on My Summer Staycation

In the usual summer theater season, I’ll see dozens of plays and put hundreds of miles on the odometer. But in this most unusual summer, the car stayed mostly in the driveway and I stayed mostly in the house. I did get to over two dozen shows – or rather, they were...