Arts / Theater / Dance

Double Take Fringe Festival brings theater downtown

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

“Great theater is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to.” — Willem Dafoe, actor Downtown Greenfield will be the site of a theatrical moveable feast Friday and Saturday evening during Double Take Fringe Festival’s fourth annual series of plays. “It’s actually the best lineup we’ve had, ever,” said festival founder Linda McInerney. “I don’t know why it keeps getting better.” Indeed, there are big guns among the performers, including a veteran Broadway dancer, a solo performer and members of a local theatrical company, all of whom have performed internationally. There are nine different performances, eight of … 0

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 … 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

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

‘So ancient, so satisfying’

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Anyone who’s heard music pouring out of the grange hall on a Friday or Saturday night, in Greenfield or Montague, can probably guess it’s coming from a contra dance or a square dance. But here come completely un-square … 0

‘Shahrazad’

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The marketplace in the Sahara Desert was buzzing. Merchants dressed in long, flowing cloaks shouted over one another to attract customers to their stand. A cool breeze carried with it the sound of stringed instruments. Suddenly, commotion. A … 0

‘The Inquiring Line’

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

“We artists are hypersensitive, or we wouldn’t be — couldn’t be — artists.” — R.O. Blechman His art is instantly familiar, deceptively simple and often composed of nervous, squiggly lines depicting frail characters with enormous noses. An author, … 0

Middle Earth comes to Mohawk

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The old movie term “cast of thousands” comes to mind while watching the choreographed battle scenes and musical numbers being performed during rehearsals for Mohawk’s annual all-school play “The Hobbit,” which opens Friday, March 8. But this year’s … 0

‘Delightful & beautiful’: ‘South African play explores art & the trauma of loss

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

From the Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Barundi and other parts of South Africa, the refugee children told their “Suitcase Stories,” part of an art therapy research project that helped them come to terms with what they’d experienced while walking … 0

‘Delightful & beautiful’: South African play explores art & the trauma of loss

Monday, January 28, 2013

From the Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Barundi and other parts of South Africa, the refugee children told their “Suitcase Stories,” part of an art therapy research project that helped them come to terms with what they’d experienced while walking … 0

The sound of surprise

Thursday, November 8, 2012

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” American composer,  John Cage It is not every composer’s gift to be able to offer us music which is not only truly fresh but genuinely unimaginable — incapable of being conceived beforehand. … 0

‘Rocky Horror’ at The Shea

Friday, October 26, 2012

Strange — isn’t it — the lure, the enduring attraction of horror? Why, there’s even a special holiday dedicated to the “dark side,” the hallowed Halloween – or, in its original incarnation, All-Hallows’ Eve, which was, in traditional … 0

‘Willy Wonka’ opens Saturday at Shea

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sweet tooth, anyone? Talk about your dark chocolate! It’s “Willy Wonka,” the stage version of Roald Dahl’s deliciously malicious “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” by the Arena Civic Theater, showing Saturdays, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, Oct. … 0