StageStruck: Class Act — A drawing-room whodunit indicts the social order
Feb04

StageStruck: Class Act — A drawing-room whodunit indicts the social order

An Inspector Calls starts off like a good old-fashioned drawing-room whodunit, proceeds through a roller-coaster of revelations that incriminate just about everyone, and ends with a Twilight Zone-worthy surprise. J.B. Priestley’s play, written during the Second World War, looks back on the years leading up to the first one. It takes place on a single evening in April 1912. That date, coinciding with the doomed maiden voyage of the...

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Whodunit?
Jan11

Whodunit?

Stuffed to the brim after enjoying a dinner celebrating their daughter’s engagement to a business competitor’s son, the wealthy Birlings are all rubbing their bellies when Inspector Goole shows up and accuses them of being involved in the murder of a working-class factory girl. As the questioning leads the family to contemplate their possible contribution to the girl’s death, Goole’s motives also become suspect. An Inspector Calls,...

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Gone girls
Jan11

Gone girls

America is obsessed with breasts. So what does it mean for a woman when she has to give hers up? Written by local playwright Laurel Turk, Breastless is the story of one woman’s determinedly truthful exploration of body image and sexuality after a double mastectomy. Breastless, Jan. 14-20, 7:30-9 p.m. $20. Ashfield Congregational Church, 429 Main St., Ashfield, (413) 268-3850. — Kristin...

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Boo! It’s Christmas
Dec14

Boo! It’s Christmas

An old miser eats some strange cheese and gets visited by four ghosts: his dead business partner and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. They cajole, guilt and scare him into being less of a stingy crank to his family and employee. And it works. Ebenezer Scrooge vows to keep Christmas in his heart all year long and does! It’s the best Christmas ghost story ever told. A Christmas Carol: Dec. 17, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Dec....

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“The StageStruckies” — Advocate theater critic’s annual review
Dec14

“The StageStruckies” — Advocate theater critic’s annual review

Winter is drawing in and I’m looking back on the many shows I’ve seen this year. Some have been naughty, most have been nice, and a few are getting lumps of coal from this reviewer. So here are my virtual awards — let’s call them “The StageStruckies” — for some of the evenings in the past 12 months that made me go “Wow!” and a couple that made me go home grumpy. The Bart Simpson Badge of Courage goes to New Century...

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StageStruck: The Double Whammies – Part One of critic Chris Rohmann’s year-end theater review
Dec10

StageStruck: The Double Whammies – Part One of critic Chris Rohmann’s year-end theater review

Looking back on the 100-plus theater productions I’ve seen this year, I’ve noticed how many of them fall into pairs of various kinds. In my next column I’ll be handing out awards for the year’s best—and worst—productions and performances. But first, let’s take a look at some of those double whammies. Two plays with military themes came to the Academy of Music on successive weekends in September. The Draft, by Peter Snoad, gathered...

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