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Mount Greylock Presents 'Hello, Dolly!'
08:57PM / Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District will present its annual musical theater production on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, at 7 p.m. in the newly remodeled auditorium at Mount Greylock Regional School on Cold Spring Road.

More than 40 members of the Mount Greylock student body will present "Hello, Dolly!," with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart. Based on the play "The Matchmaker" by 20th century American playwright Thornton Wilder, "Hello, Dolly!" is the story of a delightful - and adventurous - day spent in turn-of-the-century New York City. 

The bold and enchanting widow Dolly Gallagher

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Jacob's Pillow Names Fellowship Recipient
11:46AM / Friday, March 15, 2019
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BECKET, Mass. — Bryan Arias, artistic director of ARIAS Company, has received the Jacob's Pillow Fellowship at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post.

The fellowship includes a $15,000 grant, a residency at the Pillow Lab, and a residency at LIU Tilles Center. The newly established fellowship represents a shared vision between the two organizations to broaden resources that allow artists to thrive and bring new work to stages in Massachusetts, New York and beyond.

"Support for artists, both in residency time and financial support toward the creation of a new work, is essential for moving the field forward. This robust fellowship, made possible by Roger Tilles,

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'Captain Marvel': Brave New Suffragette
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:43PM / Thursday, March 14, 2019
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Unless you're a card-carrying, dyed-in-the-wool devotee of comic-book film extravaganzas like "Captain Marvel," they can be extremely difficult to follow. Each is chockfull of series lore, a veritable encyclopedia of minutiae that aficionados of the genre demand, and from which they deliriously kvell when given the slightest opportunity to relate in oral treatise. While too lazy to submerge my gray matter into the seemingly endless intricacies each example of the filmic breed holds, I am respectful of the passion, even if it's just to prove I'm not as much a fuddy-duddy and beside the point as I actually am.   As a stranger in a strange land, my modus operandi is

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WAM's Production of 'ANN' Heads for Dallas, D.C.
02:18PM / Friday, March 08, 2019
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Atkinson returns in the role of Texas Gov. Ann Richards. LENOX, Mass. — WAM Theatre's fall 2018 production of "ANN" by Holland Taylor was a record-breaking success. Now it's moving to the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and Dallas Theater Center for a new co-production of the Jayne Atkinson-starring production in July and October of this year.   WAM's Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven will again direct the production and Atkinson returns to star in the title role.    The one-woman play "ANN" is a spirited portrait of Ann Richards, legendary governor of Texas, a complex, colorful, and captivating character, with a personality

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Housatonic High Wakes Up With Musical 'Rip Van Winkle'
01:49PM / Thursday, March 07, 2019
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FALLS VILLAGE, Conn. — Set against the backdrop of Colonial America, "Rip Van Winkle: The Musical!" shares the untold story of Washington Irving's legendary farmer who slept for 20 years, from 1770-1790. This family musical celebrates community, love, forgiveness, and home through music, comedy, dance, and a little gnomish mischief.   The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society, entering its 16th year at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, will present Rip Van Winkle: The Musical for one weekend only: Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 16 at 2 and at 7:30 p.m. Performances take place at the Henry Burgess Auditorium at

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'Greta': Guilty Thrills
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:28PM / Thursday, March 07, 2019
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In my bedroom when I was little, a sloppily misplaced piece of clothing on a chair in the dark of night sure could look like a saber-toothed tiger. Experiencing this and other such optical illusions every so often during those tender years, I estimate that I adequately satisfied the quota for horror that one must endure in a lifetime. Hence, it should go without saying that horror and all its filmic relations are my least favorite forms of cinema entertainment.    Nevertheless, in the esprit de corps of being an equal opportunity film critic, I like to think I approach every such movie with an open-minded challenge. But hark, in every instance, I am also on a mission. It is my

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Norman Rockwell Museum Presents 'The Art and Wit of Rube Goldberg'
12:16PM / Friday, March 01, 2019
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Norman Rockwell Museum presents "The Art and Wit of Rube Goldberg," an exhibit exploring the humorous illustrations of the visionary artist, who has become famous for the creative inventions bearing his name.

On view at the museum from March 2 through June 9, the exhibit will offer a revealing look at Goldberg's creativity through original comic strips from the 1930s, where the artist created his complicated machines, as well as later political cartoons and instructional materials from the Famous Artists School, which are now part of the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum.

"Rube Goldberg's comic strips had such a

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'Fighting with My Family': Truth in Wrestling
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:28PM / Thursday, February 28, 2019
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Watching director Stephen Merchant's "Fighting with My Family," about a tight-knit family of professional wrestlers whose two youngest members have aspirations of making the big time, I, of course, had to think of my father.    Daniel Goldberger, a trucking company owner who submerged into the Polish underground in 1939 just before the Nazis confiscated his trucks and painted swastikas on them, was a kind but serious man. Even his jokes more often than not made a point, which played quite entertainingly against Mom's rather satiric sense of humor. Thus it is an anomaly I've never figured out that my Dad loved professional wrestling. It was as if he simply

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WAM Theatre Casts Spring Production of 'Lady Randy'
02:59PM / Monday, February 25, 2019
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LENOX, Mass. — The WAM team has announced the cast for their spring Main Stage production, the world premiere of "Lady Randy" by Anne Undeland.

After two preview performances, the production opens April 20 at Shakespeare & Company’s Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, and runs through May 5.

"Lady Randy" is an historical drama about Jennie Jerome, mother of Winston Churchill. The play was first developed by Undeland and director Jim Frangione at the Berkshire Playwrights' Lab, making this a true collaboration of regional talent.

Undeland will play the title role, with WAM newcomer Mark Zeisler is playing the roles of Winston Churchill, Leonard Jerome,

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Great Barrington Author Wins Awards for First Novel
01:44PM / Friday, February 22, 2019
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington resident Judith Shaw's book "Charley's Horse" has been named "Children's Book Winner" and "Young Adult Winner" in the 2018 New England Book Festival.

Entries are judged by a panel of industry experts for general excellence, an author's passion for telling a good story and its potential to reach a wider audience. Since its release in 2018, the novel has also received a Maxy Award and a Reader's Favorite Review Award.
 

"Charley's Horse" is the story of an 11-year-old girl who is in love with horses. She knows everything about them except how to ride. When her parents

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