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Arts / Theater / Dance

Playwright Charles Monette is out to rescue van Gogh’s image from that of a destitute, deranged eccentric to that of an artistic genius who lived parallel lives as a “brilliant writer, a linguist and a minister.” Pictured, “Self-Portrait,” August 1889, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Encores & Curtain Calls: Looking at the ‘crazy redhead’ with new eyes

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” — Vincent van Gogh The re-creation of history by dramatists in pursuit of a deeper glimpse into its larger-than-life protagonists often turns out more to be the re-invention — perhaps even the betrayal — of their allegedly revered heroes. From the now-hallowed ground of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, trampled by endless religious reformers in search of new upgrades to the faith and by intrepid directors in hundreds of religious film epics, to the controversy-ridden life of Martin Luther King in “Selma,” the soon-to-be-released biographical film, little in the graveyard of … 0

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 … 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

‘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