Stagestruck: The Land on Which We Dance

Stagestruck: The Land on Which We Dance

It’s become standard practice in the region’s theaters to offer a land acknowledgement before every performance. As Jacob’s Pillow’s artistic director Pamela Tatge says every night, “The land on which we dance is the ancestral homeland” of the Native peoples whose...

Stagestruck: Turning in the Keys

Stagestruck: Turning in the Keys

After a boundary-busting 30-year run, the Ko Festival of Performance is coming to a close with two final shows: a meditation on legacies and “an environmental, cultural and spiritual parable of domination and resilience.”

Stagestruck: Tropical Tolstoy

Stagestruck: Tropical Tolstoy

The title character in “Anna in the Tropics,” now playing at Barrington Stage Company, isn’t a person, but a book. And she plays a central role, thematically, narratively, even physically. The book is “Anna Karenina,” Leo Tolstoy’s winter’s tale of love – illicit, unrequited, doomed. The setting, though, in Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer-winning play, is a Little Havana in 1920s Florida.

Stagestruck: Wars, Merry and Cold

Stagestruck: Wars, Merry and Cold

Just about the only things Shakespeare & Company’s two outdoor productions have in common are fresh air and trees. In the Bard’s sunny “Much Ado About Nothing,” Beatrice and Benedick engage in a “merry war” of wits, while in Lee Blessing’s “A Walk in the Woods,” two diplomats strive to negotiate an arms-control treaty in the shadow of nuclear war.

Stagestruck: Pillow in Motion

Stagestruck: Pillow in Motion

The evening unwraps slowly in a flowing sequence of encounters – tentative, teasing, edgy and sexy – as the dancers circle and entwine. They highlight “the beauty in our [Black] culture, the way we love and love on each other.”

Stagestruck: Small Disasters

Stagestruck: Small Disasters

Anna Ouyang Moench’s “Birds of North America,” at Chester Theatre Company, is the kind of piece in which Chester specializes and excels – small, subtle dramas that pull you in and make you think. It’s about climate change, but doesn’t hammer the theme. It’s more metaphor than polemic, more quiet anguish than loud confrontation.

Monte Belmonte Wines: The wine world is your oyster

Monte Belmonte Wines: The wine world is your oyster

Why, then, the world's mine oyster, Which I, with sword, will open.   — William Shakespeare  from The Merry Wives of Windsor   Scott Soares’s world is an oyster. Well, his world when he is not being appointed by Presidents Obama and Biden to be USDA Rural...

Stagestruck: Two Schools, Worlds Apart

Stagestruck: Two Schools, Worlds Apart

In the early 2000s, teachers and students at two U.S. schools – one student body predominantly Black and Latinx, the other white and Asian-American – were caught in wholesale cheating on mandated exams. May Treuhaft-Ali’s world-premiere play “ABCD,” at Barrington Stage Company, is molded by these incidents, but she’s motivated by the knowledge that they were not outlier instances.

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Stagestruck: The Land on Which We Dance

Stagestruck: The Land on Which We Dance

It’s become standard practice in the region’s theaters to offer a land acknowledgement before every performance. As Jacob’s Pillow’s artistic director Pamela Tatge says every night, “The land on which we dance is the ancestral homeland” of the Native peoples whose...