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Williamstown Theatre Festival

First Nighter: The Berkshires's See-Worthy "Merchant of Venice" and "An American Daughter"

David Finkle | Posted 08.16.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

THE BERKSHIRES--Jonathan Epstein, white hair flowing below the collar of his robe, is as dignified a Shylock as you'd want in Tina Packer's Shakespear...

Celebrity Couple Audra McDonald and Will Swenson Shine in A Moon for the Misbegotten

Steve Schonberg | Posted 08.07.2016 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

Now at Williamstown Theatre Festival, tucked away in the northwest corner of Massachusetts, Broadway royalty and celebrity couple, Audra McDonald and Will Swenson are exploring a new kind of relationship in Eugene O'Neill's final masterpiece--the sequel to Long Day's Journey Into Night--A Moon For The Misbegotten.

Aisle View: The Final Visit

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Not enough. An interesting show, to be sure; but in this crowded April, with at least ten intriguing new productions on view, I wonder whether this Visit is quite worth the visit.

A Look at the Resurgence of Williamstown Theatre Festival

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.20.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Now people are going to say there was no need for Williamstown to make a comeback, because it never went anywhere, but let me lay out my case.

First Nighter: Bradley Cooper in Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man

David Finkle | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

By dint of calling his play The Elephant Man, Pomerance irrevocably establishes that Merrick is his focal figure and for much of the two acts deftly presents the character study of an unforgettable character -- not only to the audience but, of course, to the other figures populating the stage.

Jessica Stone as Director: Remounting Vanya and More

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

In March 2002, I watched what would become the most controversial play of the season, the short-lived The Smell of the Kill. I don't really remember what I thought of the show in any detail, but I remember one main thing. Sitting there, I thought: "Wow, Jessica Stone is going to get really great reviews." She was so good.

First Nighter: James McManus's "Cherry Smoke," Oni Faida Lampley's "Tough Titty"

David Finkle | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

It's not too often that great passion doomed--make that Great Passion Doomed--hits the boards. There's Romeo and Juliet and Antony and Cleopatra and Cyrano de Bergerac and West Side Story with its Romeo and Juliet bow. Add to the list, though maybe not quite on that lofty level but nothing to turn a nose up at, either--James McManus's Cherry Smoke.