Pilgrim theatre group's Moon Over Dark Street comes to the Shea Theater this weekend

  • The show “Moon over dark street” is coming to the Shea Theater on Ave A in Turners Falls this weekend. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 10/18/2018 4:02:42 PM

MONTAGUE – For those looking for some theatrics during the Great Falls Festival, look no further than the Shea Theater. This weekend, “Moon Over Dark Street” put on by Ashfield’s Pilgrim Theatre group, will mount three shows.

The production tracks the devastation of the Second World War and the McCarthy Era, according to Kim Mancuso, artistic director of Pilgrim Theatre, who co-founded the company with Kermit Dunkelberg in Wroclaw, Poland, in 1987. The stars in the show are Dunkelberg and Belle Linda Halpern. 

“While going through our archives this past summer in Ashfield, we remarked that our cabaret was way too timely in our immediate political scene,” Mancuso said. “It called out – screamed, really – for us to pay some attention to the material again.”

Mancuso said the Pilgrim group found the music and the show topical.

“For us, performing these songs, there are echoes of Charlottesville, the #metoo movement, families divided by immigration policies, and the perpetual rise of ‘Big shots,’” Mancuso said, quoting Bertold Brecht, the 20th century playwright who wrote the play.

She said people will enjoy the humor, recognizable songs and fun in the musical.

“It’s funny material,” Mancuso said.“It’s not only entertaining, it’s moving, and a little terrifying given today’s state of affairs.”

The show will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors.

The performance is divided into four thematic sections. The singers are not “characters,” but adopt various characters throughout the show.

The show will be an hour and a half long with no intermission.

There will be beer and wine sold at the theater to people 21 and older.


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