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Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance at the Barrington Stage Company. Photo Kevin Sprague.

​Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance at Barrington Stage(Comments Off on ​Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance at Barrington Stage)

July 26, 2016

John Rando and Joshua Bergasse are ingenious at moving ensembles around a stage—be they orphan pirates, lovelorn young ladies or frivolous policemen. Pirates leap onto rope nets strung down from the top of the theater; they crawl down the aisles at our feet, swords in hand. Young ladies sidestep closely together as they pine in song for young men to be their husbands. Uniformed policemen hop onto each other’s backs or fall down onto the stage dominos style all the while delighting the audience into non-stop grins.

Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at Glimmerglass

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is dark, dark musical theatre. A vengeful barber returns to Victorian London, slits the throats of those who have wronged him and with his accomplice turns their bodies into the stuffing of meat pies. Todd’s London is as menacing as he is …

“There’s a hole in the world
Like a great black pit
And it’s filled with people
Who are filled with shit
And the vermin of the world inhabit it …”

A Scene from "The Little Shop of Horrors" by the Berkshire Theatre Group. Photo Tyler H. First.

Little Shop of Horrors Meets Kinky Boots at the Berkshire Theatre Group

Something rather curious happens in the middle of Little Shop of Horrors now at the Colonial Theatre. Audrey II, the ultimate diva of human-eating plants, turns into a real-life drag queen.

Bells Are Ringing. Photo 2015 Michelle McGrady .

Bells Are Ringing—A Berkshire Theatre Group Production at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield through July 26.

Before there was texting, emails, voicemails, and answering machines, there were telephone answering services. An extension of a telephone number was connected to a switchboard in an office where it was answered by an operator. Of course, whoever took the messages learned maybe a little too much about the customers lives, loves and foibles.

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