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WAM Theatre Nominated for Two Elliot Norton Awards for 'Pipeline'
10:18AM / Thursday, May 07, 2020
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LENOX, Mass. — WAM Theatre's co-production with The Nora at Central Square Theater of Dominique Morisseau's "Pipeline" has been nominated for an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Ensemble (Midsize Theatre), and that Hubens "Bobby" Cius, who played the leading role of Omari, has been nominated as Outstanding Actor (Midsize Theatre). 

The Boston Theater Critics Association announced the nominees on April 16. The winners of the 38th Annual Elliot Norton Awards will be revealed in a virtual ceremony on Monday, May 11, at 7 p.m.. Details on how to view the event can be found on the website.

"I could not be more proud of the collective effort that is

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Community Access to the Arts to Host Virtual Gala
10:48AM / Tuesday, May 05, 2020
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Access to the Arts presents its virtual gala and performance on Saturday, May 9, from 5 to 6 p.m. 

The event is free to attend and takes place entirely online here. Prior to the event, CATA launches a weeklong celebration with videos and digital performances beginning Monday, May 4. The celebration culminates in a gala evening, which includes the debut of a short film showcasing the talents of people with disabilities as well as a virtual paddle-raise auction to support CATA programs.

Each May for more than 20 years, CATA has presented a live performance and gala at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox that shares the talents of artists with

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Clark Art Institute Announces Revised Plans for Summer Season
06:53AM / Sunday, May 03, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute has announced a revised program for its summer 2020 season, reflecting changes necessitated by its current closure due to the global health crisis and the logistical challenges related to international travel and shipping restrictions.

"At a time when our foremost priority is the health and well-being of all people, concerns over exhibition schedules are insignificant in the face of the human crisis we are confronting," said Olivier Meslay, the Hardymon director of the Clark. "Like museums around the world, our plans and schedules are not immune to the disruptions caused by the global pandemic, and so, it was inevitable

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New Book Looks at History, Work of Shakespeare & Company
04:51PM / Saturday, May 02, 2020
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LENOX, Mass. — The founding and philosophy of the internationally regarded Shakespeare & Company are now available in "Shakespeare & Company: When Action is Eloquence," co-written by company member Bella Merlin and Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer, with a special foreword by Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. 

Drawing on previously unpublished material – including notebooks, lectures, interviews and rehearsal diaries – and the company's newly collated historical archive, the book provides insight into the works of a theater company, and sheds light on the role Shakespeare plays in the modern world. 

Published by Routledge in March 2020,

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'Sullivan's Travels': Goes First Class
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:19PM / Thursday, April 30, 2020
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I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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Barrington Stage Postpones Part of 2020 Summer Season
11:27AM / Thursday, April 30, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage is postponing its previously announced 2020 season until the summer of 2021 but is moving forward with late-summer and fall productions with new procedures in place.

"We think there is a strong need to do an alternate season that honors live theater, that allows us to assemble safely and reminds us we are not alone in this self-isolated world we find ourselves in," Artistic Director Julianne Boyd said in an email to supporters. "We want to give you a safe place where you can experience wonderful stories and music and for a few short hours transport you to a different world."

In the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage theater, Barrington

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MCLA's Senior Art Exhibition Opens May 1 — Virtually
10:58AM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts senior art students will launch their website exhibition titled "And So it Goes," with an online event featuring artist talks from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 1. 

The event and exhibition will feature artists Emery Bibbins, Liz Brick, Gillian Catherine Fournier, Spring Hajjar, Samantha Louise Hinds, Sierra Lamonde, Kelsey Sherman, and Macie Turrell, all class of 2020.

Each artist's individual work spans a variety of themes and mediums. Themes range from mental illness and self-reflection to climate change and addiction, with a wide array in between. The artists' chosen media run a similar gamut, with

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'The Grapes of Wrath': Bleed the Bitter Truth
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:51PM / Thursday, April 23, 2020
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I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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Great Barrington Public Theater Will Stream New Full-Length Program
06:23PM / Thursday, April 23, 2020
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Public Theater will release an online video program on Monday, April 27, expressly created for theater lovers who are staying safe at home.

"Bear Tales: Six Feet Together" spotlights fresh work and stories from new and established voices. While primarily spotlighting the deep pool of talent residing in and around the Berkshires, it also includes a new one-woman play written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet, with the accomplished Rebecca Pidgeon taking the role of famed reporter, critic and bon vivant Dorothy Killgallen.   

"With stay-at-home social distancing the temporary new normal, a core group of

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'Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House': Blueprint for a Comedy
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:02PM / Friday, April 17, 2020
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Multiple Blandings houses were built around the country to promote the film. Here's a great story from the Toledo Blade about an Ohio one (and one apparently in 'Worchester, Mass.')

……………………………………………………………   "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" (1948) charmingly dramatizes why one of the great American pastimes, right up there with baseball, seeking out the best pizza and keeping up with the Joneses, is dreaming about finding or, better yet, building that dream house of your very

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