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Aglet Theatre Company presents ‘Occupant’

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Illusions and Hope in Tennessee Williams’ Play

Theater: ‘The Glass Menagerie’

Memory is a gravitational force in Julianne Boyd’s superb production of “The Glass Menagerie” now playing at Barrington Stage Company. Tennessee Williams filled his first successful play — it premiered on Broadway in 1944 — with barely disguised autobiography rendered in poetic language and with tender psychological insight.

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Arthur Miller Play Still Powerful

Theater: ‘All My Sons’

There are would-be playwrights ­— devoted, passionate writers who strive to capture the human condition in scenes and acts and probing dialogue.
There are talented playwrights who have listened and learned and dreamt enough to be able to capture the essence of human interaction and compress it into a two-hour spirited, insightful experience.
Then, there is Arthur Miller.

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‘Mothers and Sons’ Is Powerful and Elegant

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A bee sting. A cut. A sprain. The pain is immediate, but with time, it fades.
 Lose a child, and the pain is sustained for a lifetime.
Such is the fate of Katherine Gerard, a lonely, embittered woman who lost her son, Andre, 20 years ago to the horror of AIDS, and has finally mustered the courage to meet, face to face, with her son’s former lover.

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So Good It’s Almost Patsy Cline

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Sharon Playhouse’s production of “Always... Patsy Cline” is a sure-fire hit that will send you out of the theater humming — maybe singing — the tunes that made Cline the first country crossover-into-pop recording artist. Written in 1988 by Ted Swindley, 25 years after Cline’s death, the play is drawn from the memories of Louise Seger, Cline’s pen pal.

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‘As You Like It’ Outdoors at Shakespeare & Co.

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William Shakespeare had a great talent for intermingling comedies and tragedies as he created the monumental body of work that consists of 37 plays. “As You Like It,” currently in the Roman Garden Theatre at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., was written shortly after the knee-slapper “Julius Caesar” and right before that other laugh-riot, “Hamlet.”  

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Hellman: Love Her or Hate Her, The Play Is Timely

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‘West Side Story’ Electrifies at Barrington Stage

Let’s begin with the premise so that, if your schedule is too compromised today, you don’t have to spend excessive time reading. “West Side Story” running at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass. through September 1 could well be the finest production that has graced the Tri-state area in years. Be forewarned. It is simply amazing, and the scramble for tickets will be exhaustive.

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‘Homebody’ Soars in Ancram

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In a part of the world where summer theater means snappy musicals, occasional  (and generally futile) experiments, famed mysteries and earnest Russian  treasures on a bare stage, the Ancram Opera House leaps into tricky territory with Tony Kushner’s “Homebody,” a one-person performance about history, disorder and magic in beleaguered Afghanistan. 

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Contagious Laughs With the Capitol Steps

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When addressing the current political climate, there may be more than a grain of truth in the old axiom, “If you don’t laugh … you’ll cry.”  Given the choice, we’d suggest laughing … and one exceptional way of doing that is to spend 90 magical minutes with The Capitol Steps, appearing through August 31  at Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort in Lenox, Mass.  

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