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 Byam Stevens, the currant Artistic Director, of Chester Theatre talks about set design for the upcoming play, Halcyon Days.

A third act at Chester Theatre: Director Byam Stevens will hand over the reins to the company at the end of this season; Daniel Elihu Kramer will pick them up.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

For 18 years, Byam Stevens has filled the small stage at the Chester Town Hall with the weight of ideas. Under his direction, the Chester Theatre Company (CTC) has dealt with the philosophical implications of clones in “A Number” and uncomfortable truths in “Arms on Fire.” The company renewed a classic Peter Pan tale in “The Darlings” and tackled the crushing reality of captivity for “Two Rooms.” Stevens led the company in 2004 when the group changed its name from the Chester Miniature Theatre to its current moniker, and he stayed with the theater throughout the most recent economic recession, working to expand the audience …

And there’s more this season at the Chester Theatre

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In addition to the opening play, “The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” by Scott Carter, directed by Byam Stevens (through July 5), the Chester Theatre Company’s 2015 season will feature three other plays Stevens says represent the best of contemporary English playwriting.  James Warwick will direct “Halcyon Days” by Dierdre Kinahan, which follows an elderly …

‘Van Gogh and Nature’: Clark Museum opens first-ever show on famous artist’s views of natural world

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Think you’ve heard or seen it all when it comes to Vincent van Gogh? The salient points are well known: Brilliant painter who developed a distinctive post-Impressionist style that had a huge influence on 20th-century art. Prolific artist who produced more than 2,100 oil paintings, drawings and watercolors in about a decade. Personally …

‘Whistler’s Mother’ makes rare trip to America

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

You’ve seen her before — somewhere. But probably not up close. “Whistler’s Mother,” or more accurately, “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother),” is considered perhaps the foremost work of American art not …

Everything’s up-to-date in Olde England: Hampshire Shakespeare Company presents modern-day ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It’s time for Shakespeare’s boys to take a seat; this summer, the world is a woman’s oyster. On Saturday, Hampshire Shakespeare Company will open “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at the Center for Renaissance Studies at the University …

Light on her feet

Friday, June 26, 2015

Historic Deerfield acquires tall case clock which had been on loan to museum for decade

Friday, June 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — History is often represented by points in time and Historic Deerfield will now have a slightly easier time keeping track of its relentless march with the acquisition of an 1803 tall case clock built by 19th-century …

Partners, new and old: VLO, Amherst Ballet to team up for Gilbert & Sullivan treat

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Even 144 years after W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan collaborated on their first opera, their Victorian comedies continue to bring people together. But the members of this iconic partnership produced work, separately, even before they became a permanent …

Weekend Planner — Arts: ‘Art at Thistlebloom Farm’

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The barn studio of Amherst’s Thistlebloom Farm (formerly known as Mad Woman Farm) will be put to use as a showcase for 10 local artists Saturday and Sunday. Called “Art at Thistlebloom Farm,” the event will also include …

Art Maker: Rob Kimmel |painter, curator

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Florence artist Rob Kimmel, 44, is busy these days, curating art shows: There’s a group show, “Horns to Tale,” on view through the end of June at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton in which a dozen artists have …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Castles made of sand

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Yes, those would be my feet ... and my “jammies.” And my sidewalk. And so, by turns, my ant hills — or at least they were. Such is the ephemeral nature of nature. While waiting to send my …

Your Photos

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Full Disclosure: New theater festival aims to engage audiences

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Linda McInerny thinks a lot about the brain. “I love neurology and I love the study of the brain and consciousness, and who we are as human beings,” McInerny said recently. The Old Deerfield Productions artistic director had …