‘All the world’s a stage’

‘All the world’s a stage’

For the better part of the last 36 years, all the world’s been a stage for Chris Rohmann. The Advocate’s longtime theater critic has had a front seat view to thousands of plays in the Valley. With that seat, he has penned his perspective on performances, previewed...

Monte Belmonte Wines: In pleasure or pain — champagne

Monte Belmonte Wines: In pleasure or pain — champagne

Earlier this month, I quit my job — a job that I still very much loved — in an effort to bring myself into a better work/life balance. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. When I walked out of the office for the last time, I went home and opened a...

Stagestruck: Putting Down My Pen

Stagestruck: Putting Down My Pen

I filed my first article for the Advocate in May 1986. This one is my last. After some 2,000 reviews, previews and features, I’m giving up my ticket to the critic’s proverbial aisle seat and taking my place in line at the box office.

Stagestruck: Backstage Stars

Stagestruck: Backstage Stars

Nikki Beck and Ezekiel Baskin are about the busiest theater people around. You’ll never see them onstage or on the title page of the program, but you’ll very often find one, or both, of them backstage or elsewhere behind the scenes at any number of local theater events.

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.

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Stagestruck: Backstage Stars

Stagestruck: Backstage Stars

Nikki Beck and Ezekiel Baskin are about the busiest theater people around. You’ll never see them onstage or on the title page of the program, but you’ll very often find one, or both, of them backstage or elsewhere behind the scenes at any number of local theater events.