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Rivera Has Hopes for Broadway After WTF 'Visit'
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
03:59PM / Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There was no way Broadway legend Chita Rivera could have gone unnoticed when she walked into the Williams Inn wearing a chic black outfit, black-rimmed glasses accentuating her big dark eyes, raven hair framing her face.  

Stunning!
 
Rivera is in the Village Beautiful to reprise her role of Claire Zachanassian in the Williamstown Theatre Festival  production of "The Visit" on the Main Stage from July 31 to Aug.17.  
 
With the book by Terrence McNally and music by iconic songwriting duo John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, "The Visit" brings together three Tony Award winners: Rivera, Roger Rees and director John

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Director Takes Leap at Williamstown Theatre Festival
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59PM / Thursday, July 17, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Kathleen Marshall is a three-time Tony Award winner, a three-time Drama Desk Award winner, an 11-time Broadway choreographer and five-time Broadway director.   And she is doing something completely different this summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.   Marshall directs "Living on Love," which opened on the Main Stage on Wednesday evening with a cast that includes Anna Chlumsky, Renee Fleming, Justin Long and Douglas Sills.   "This is my first play," she said earlier this summer   By that she means her first non-musical; as a term of art in the industry, "play" is not used to refer to

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes': Monkey See, Monkey Makes a Sequel
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:27PM / Thursday, July 17, 2014
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Homo sapiens and their great ape cousins clash in the latest iteration of the 'Planet of the Apes.'

In a perfect circumstance, we would take all the politicians, seat them at little desks in a cute kindergarten classroom, and make them watch director Matt Reeves' "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

Graham crackers and milk would be served. No popcorn or cheese nachos. OK ... maybe gummy bears. The hope is that the allegory, a politically savvy heir to George Orwell's "Animal Farm," would teach them something about what the sane folks on this Earth are

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Classical Beat: Vermont Home to Some Hits This Week
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Staff
12:39PM / Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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Another gloriously diverse week of captivating music is in store for lovers of chamber vocal, voice with orchestra, symphony, and, especially, tone poems (short symphonic pieces that tell a story or establish a mood.)

As always, Tanglewood is the place to be for musical riches across the spectrum. And, to add to the mix, there’s the five-day Festival of Contemporary Music – a celebration of new music for listeners with adventurous tastes and ears and minds hungry for new sounds, styles and genres.

But also look north of the border – Vermont – for some amazing performances, as well. Here's the rundown:

Tanglewood

A vocal recital featuring Thomas Hampson,

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The Clark Extends Hours for Summer 2014
11:19AM / Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute will temporarily extend its hours to better accommodate visitors this summer and early fall.

The galleries will remain open on Friday evenings until 7 through August, and will remain open on Mondays through Oct. 13.

As in the past, the galleries remain open until 6 on Tuesdays in July and August to coincide with evening band concerts.

In a new program called Member Mondays, galleries open at 9 a.m. for members of the Clark. To learn more about becoming a member, visit clarkart.edu/support or call 413-458-0425.

On July 4, the Clark reopened its campus to approximately 8,000 visitors. The extended hours allow for more visitors to

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'Complete' Season of Shakespeare in Lenox
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:37AM / Monday, July 14, 2014
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LENOX, Mass. — How do you like your Shakespeare?   In honor of the 450th anniversary of the playwright's birth, Shakespeare & Company this summer is offering up a veritable smorgas-Bard.   You have your choice of semi-biographical ("Shakespeare's Will"), historical ("Julius Caesar"), jazzed-up ("A Midsummer Night's Dream" set in New Orleans), romantic ("Romeo and Juliet" at The Mount), condensed ("Henry IV Parts 1 & 2" combined into a single performance) or, if you prefer, skewered.   "It's like a roast," said Ryan Winkles, one of the stars of "The Complete Works of William

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Broadway Bound? WTF Shows Have Been, May Be
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:24PM / Sunday, July 13, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Theatre Festival's Stephen M. Kaus was making the point that shepherding productions to Broadway is not the main mission of the summer festival.   "When we put on plays here, the goal is to put on plays here," Kaus said during a preseason press event at the Williams Inn last month. "If it's wildly successful and commercially viable, it's a bonus."   That's when one of the leads on WTF's Main Stage this summer decided to upstage Kaus.   "Let me translate the subtext," Justin Long interjected. "2019, we're going to Broadway."   The line drew a laugh from Kaus, the other

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Opera Singer Expands Repertoire With WTF Performance
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
05:08PM / Saturday, July 12, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Renee Fleming is preparing for a trio of firsts this summer.

"It's my first time in Williamstown, my first time with the WTF as well as my first time performing in a non-musical production," the world renowned soprano said during a recent interview at the Williams Inn.

"I want to be busy, to be challenged."

The native New Yorker's wish will be granted as she makes her acting debut in the Williamstown Theatre Festival's premiere of "Living on Love," which will be presented on the Main Stage from July 16 through July 26.     A comedy by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Di Pietro and adapted from

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Classical Beat: Tanglewood Offers Some Don't-Miss Concerts
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Correspondent
10:20AM / Wednesday, July 09, 2014
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Musical diversity rules, as Tanglewood, entering its second week, kicks into high gear with choral, chamber, symphony and concerto, opera in concert, the Boston Pops and early music. Six programs in as many days across the musical spectrum offer something for everyone.

Here’s a capsule description of each.

Chanticleer, the astonishing 12-voice a cappella (unaccompanied) male choir, presents a program dubbed "She Said/He Said." This unusual program takes women's songs and classical compositions — creators from Hildegard of Bingen (a 12th century Abbess) to Fanny Mendelssohn (Felix's sister) and Joni Mitchell — and also incorporates pop and jazz

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North Adams' Eagle Street Beach Party Set Friday
04:33PM / Tuesday, July 08, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mark your calendars for the 16th annual Eagle Street Beach Party this Friday.

The event, founded by artist Eric Rudd, fills historic Eagle Street with sand for what he describes as an "original urban art beach" from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The family friendly event will be followed at 7 with the city of North Adams' 5th annual Mexican Fiesta, an adults only celebration featuring margaritas, Corona beer and singer Lita Williams

Eagle Street merchants and other businesses have contributed sand toys and prizes for everyone participating in the beach party, as well as prizes for the most creative sand castles or sand sculptures.

Now sponsored by the Rudd

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