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These photos were taken during a recent rehearsal of "Shahrazad" which is being performed through Aug. 24 by  Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield.

Summer Spectacular: Double Edge Theatre celebrates 20 years in Ashfield

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To commemorate its 20th anniversary in Ashfield, Double Edge Theatre will re-imagine “Shahrazad, A Tale of Love and Magic” during this year’s annual Summer Spectacle. The last of two previews is on Thursday, July 17, and performances run July 18 through Aug. 24. All shows are at 8 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, rain or shine. These performances routinely sell out, … 0

Encores: The gorgeous mayhem of Puccini

Thursday, May 15, 2014

“No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.” — W.H. Auden When I was still an under-graduate at Queens College, my girlfriend Amy was horrified to learn that, as intimate as I was with the great orchestral and chamber repertoire, I had never — beyond … 0

‘Dance, dance, DANCE!’

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

At the tippy-top of the morning this May Day, six pint-sized dancers, dressed in blue vests, white shirts and pants and jingle bells strapped to their bounding calves, greeted the dawn with “Shepherd’s Hay” on the Shutesbury Common. It was still dark and cold when the Johnny Jump-Ups arrived for this annual ritual, … 0

Review: Book captures a resonante time at Mount Holyoke College

Friday, April 4, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “A Male President for Mount Holyoke College” by Ann Karus Meeropol (McFarland, 258 pages, $45) Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley is the oldest ongoing institution of higher learning for women … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'Songs of Divine Chemistry'

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

All day long a little burro labors, sometimes with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries about things that bother only burros. Once in a while a kind monk comes to her stable and brings … 0

Sounds Local: Russell Kaback comes out to play

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Considering that singer-songwriter Russell Kaback of Greenfield was writing songs at age 12 and played his first gig at 14, it is clear that music has always been a big part of his life. Yet Kaback, 39, didn’t … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: the 'Barefoot Contessa' of the keyboard

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

“I wander silently and am somewhat unhappy, And my sighs always ask “Where?” In a ghostly breath it calls back to me, “There, where you are not, there is your happiness.” — “Der Wanderer” (“The Wanderer”), Georg Philipp … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: Double anniversary in Deerfield

Thursday, December 5, 2013

“I, too, played the organ frequently in my youth, but my nerves could not stand the power of this gigantic instrument. I should place an organist who is master of his instrument at the very head of all … 0

Art that pays the bills

Friday, November 1, 2013

O n a sunny Sunday afternoon in October, one of the industrial park’s collection of low, nondescript buildings is full of singing orphans. One of the less traditional businesses in Montague’s Airport Industrial Park, the Ja’Duke Center for … 0

The funny math of women’s clothing sizes

Monday, October 21, 2013

NEW YORK — When it comes to women’s clothing sizes, there’s some funny math going on. The average American woman is about 25 pounds heavier than she was in 1960. Yet women’s plus-size clothing, generally defined as size … 0

Life without drama is no life at all

Thursday, October 3, 2013

“All playwrights should be dead for 300 years.” — Joseph L. Mankiewicz Academy Award-winning  writer, director, producer The human mind cannot for long bear a void — an empty canvas; it seems it has to be busy painting a picture, or telling itself something to keep a narrative … 0

75 years old & still charming

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Once upon a time in the Midwest, a boy was raised by a stern father who used physical punishment as a discipline. The father frequently took the youngster and his three older brothers to the basement for a … 0

Contra’s British cousin

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The dance hall doors swing open for what you’d expected would be a contradance. But wait: although this looks like a contra, sort of, and even sounds somewhat like one, it’s not. Even at first glance, it’s less … 0