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Fly With Them To Neverland

Theater: ‘Peter Pan’

At one point in “Peter Pan,” the title character asks the audience to clap their hands if they believe in fairies.
During opening night at the Performing Arts Center at Taconic Hills, the crowd roared with applause, saving the life of Peter’s fairy friend, Tinker Bell.

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Psychology, Perfidy and Perfection

Theater: ‘Gaslight’

Mrs. Manningham enters the room with a razor in her hand, approaches her husband, and …. well, let’s not ruin the ending. 
“Gaslight,” currently running at Berkshire Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson Main Stage in Pittsfield through Oct. 22, should be savored, not quickly glossed over.

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Two Stars Shine In Delightful Performances

Theater: ‘Lost Lake’

‘Lost Lake,” Berkshire Theatre Group’s fall production in its Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Mass., is a two-character play that will keep you delighted and laughing for its 90 intermission-less minutes, but it will have no lasting dramatic impact. That’s because its characters, well drawn as they may be, are on separate trajectories that never intersect — or when they do, briefly in the final few minutes, it is too little, too late.

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I Do Recommend This Musical

Theater: I Do! I Do!’

There were laughs. One would expect so, since the lines in “I Do! I Do!” are still crisp, the acting in the current TheatreWorks New Milford production superb and the subject matter close to the hearts of many in the audience.
And, there were nervous laughs. One would expect so, since “I Do! I Do!” by Tom Jones (book and lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (music) collapses a 50-year marriage into an evening and, along the way, manages to strike an exposed nerve or two in the audience.

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It’s An Engaging Cast, But The Story Falls Flat

Theater: ‘Dark of the Moon’

It’s not hard to see why Howard Richardson and William Berney’s “Dark of the Moon” would be a favorite of high school and college theater programs. 
The play, written in 1945, is brimming with meaty roles for budding actors: a Puck-ish witch-boy and his witchy henchwomen, a sinning girl, a Baptist preacher and all sorts of local color to evoke backwoods Appalachia, the play’s setting. 
In the new production by the Sherman Players, there’s even a character named “Local Color Banjo Man.”

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Grim And Riveting

Theater: ‘No Exit’

The Aglet Theatre Company is presenting “No Exit,” directed by Thomas Gruenewald, for two performances this Saturday, Oct. 7,  at Dewey Hall in Sheffield, Mass. This is a small play, one act, written in 1944 by Jean Paul Sartre during the German occupation of France.

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It’s A Gorgeous Set For A Delightfully Creepy Tale

Theater: ‘And Then There Were None’

One of Agatha Christie’s most acclaimed mysteries, “And Then There Were None,” features a nursery rhyme in which the demise of 10 people is plotted. It is represented quite elegantly as chess pieces above the stage of the Warner Theatre’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre in Torrington.

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Shallow? Sure, But It’s Full Of Laughs

Theater: ‘God of Carnage’

There is something cathartic about watching other people’s marriages and relationships blow up. And when they are pulled apart by French playwright Yasmina Reza, the result is deliciously funny.

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Connecting Horses With Veterans

Theater: ‘Cry Havoc’

‘There is no manual for coming back.” Writer, actor and director Stephan Wolfert is quite firm in his position. “As veterans, we have been taught to dehumanize our enemies … to distance ourselves. We need to find the ways to become grounded, again — to connect. It can be theater, it can be with equine therapy like The Equus Effect, but we need to find our humanity.”

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It’s As Good As Broadway

Theater: ‘Hello, Dolly!’

Can’t see Bette Midler’s “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway? Then hurry to the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, N.Y., before its delightful, inventive production of “Dolly” ends Sept. 3. In some ways, its more interesting than the bombastic, garish Broadway show. (Sorry Ms. Midler and David Hyde Pierce. You’re both terrific.)

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