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April is a theatrical month: Latinx Theater Symposium and Shakespeare on tap at UMass
04-04-2024 3:30 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

April is shaping up to be a busy month for the University of Massachusetts Theater Department, beginning with a symposium that honors Latinx theater and closing with a fresh interpretation of a classic Shakespeare comedy.On April 8-9, theater...

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Easthampton Theater Company and Williston Northampton School form partnership: Ensemble will stage its next play, “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” at school in June
03-31-2024 1:15 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton Theater Company (ETC), which since forming in late 2022 has staged two sold-out productions at the Blue Room at CitySpace, has formed a new partnership with the Williston Northampton School — one that will bring both a new...


Turning 35, with some new plays to mark the occasion: Chester Theatre unveils its 2024 program
03-09-2024 9:08 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Chester Theatre Company turns 35 this year, and for its 2024 season, the ensemble is throwing in some new wrinkles to mark the occasion, from the world premiere of two new plays, the addition of some Friday matinees, and a production that The New York...


Get ready to freak out: Northampton High School and the community come together to stage ‘Freaky Friday’
03-09-2024 9:06 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s a common refrain for a lot of teens when they argue with their parents: “You just don’t understand what my life is like.”Of course, parents can turn that back on their kids: “What do you know about having to go to work, paying the bills, and...


Art Briefs: Classical music in Hadley, jazz in Amherst, and a unique art exhibit in Northampton 
02-16-2024 8:46 AM

Haydn and Hummel in Hadley (with Beethoven) HADLEY — Arcadia Players will give an early boost to spring, or least to the spirit of spring, on Feb. 18 with a performance of chamber works from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including...


Play it again, Sam: Shea Theater to show ‘Lovejoy’s Nuclear War’ to mark 50th anniversary of Montague tower toppling
02-09-2024 12:21 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

In the fall of 1973, Wendell resident Dan Keller drove to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut to pick up friend Sam Lovejoy and mentioned to his pal that he wouldn’t believe what had been built back home on the Montague Plains.The two drove...


Staying in the game: Veteran actors and teachers Raye and Candace Birk are still involved with theater after decades of performance
01-25-2024 3:02 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Looking for some talented older actors who can play a wide range of roles? Who have decades of experience in theater, film and television?Raye Birk and Candace Barrett Birk are at your service.The Florence couple, relatively new transplants to the...


A song for the ages: Easthampton Theater Company presents ‘Torch Song,’ an iconic work of queer theater
01-19-2024 11:08 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Ever since the November 2022 elections, politicians in over a dozen Republican-controlled states have seemed to compete with each other in attacking parts of the LGBTQ community: banning or restricting gender-affirming medical care for transgender...


A roller coaster of family history: Lisa Kron’s ‘2.5 Minute Ride’ comes to Academy of Music
01-11-2024 10:56 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

When Lisa Kron was growing up in southern Michigan, her family would make an annual trek to a noted amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio — Cedar Point — one of the oldest operating amusement parks in the country, known in particular for its 16 different...


The Beat Goes On: Busy schedules at The Parlor Room and Marigold Theater, a ‘solo ensemble’ guitar concert in Greenfield, and more
01-11-2024 10:15 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Early January, just after the holidays and New Year’s Eve have run their course, can be a quiet time for a lot of music venues.But The Parlor Room in Northampton has put together a pretty jam-packed schedule right through this month, starting with a...


Arts Briefs: An Emily Dickinson drama in Holyoke, a closing art exhibit in Amherst, and more
01-05-2024 9:22 AM

The poet Emily in the Paper CityHOLYOKE — MIFA Victory Theatre is combining forces with the Emily Dickinson Museum and a New York theater company for a fresh look at The Belle of Amherst and her poetic legacy.“Because I Could Not Stop: An Encounter...


And to think that I saw it at ACT: Amherst Community Theater readies for its newest production, ‘Seussical’
12-29-2023 9:18 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

He’s one of the most famous and beloved children’s book authors ever, and he grew about 20 miles south of here. So the work of Theodor Seuss Geisel — better known, or course, as Dr. Seuss — seemed like a natural fit for the new musical by Amherst...


The Beat Goes On: Deck the halls with holiday shows, from Amherst to Easthampton to Northampton to Turners Falls
12-14-2023 11:36 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The holidays are nearly upon us and, no surprise, the Valley’s music calendar is chock full of holiday shows over the next week, with some featuring bands playing their versions of seasonal tunes and others focused more on spreading general good...


State grant to help prop up South Hadley’s Tower Theaters
12-04-2023 12:41 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Tower Theaters received a $30,000 grant as part of an effort to save independent movie theaters — an industry hit hard financially by the pandemic and the two strikes in Hollywood.“Many industries were hit over the time, but we had a...


The Beat Goes On: Two supergroups come to Northampton: Plus, groovy music and a tribute in Turners Falls, and more
11-16-2023 2:22 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When “supergroups” first formed in the 1960s after rock stars from different bands teamed up with one another — Cream, Blind Faith, and CSNY were among the first — some became known more for their battles of superstar egos and didn’t stay together...


An exhibit to kvell over: Expansive new Amherst exhibit looks at the global impact of Yiddish
10-27-2023 8:13 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

About five to six years ago, staff at the Yiddish Book Center began considering an expansive exhibit on Yiddish culture that would open in 2020 to mark the book center’s 40th anniversary.The pandemic and a few other things prevented that from taking...


Lights, camera, action — and more: Black box theater at Holyoke Media becomes a forum for the arts and other events
09-08-2023 7:29 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Musicians are always looking for another venue to play. Actors and playwrights search for a new place to stage a show. Dancers want another floor to move on.At Holyoke Media, they all can find room.The independent, nonprofit organization, funded...


South Deerfield man looks to inspire with Shea Theater talk on cancer battle
08-29-2023 12:22 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — Diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer about seven years ago, South Deerfield resident Frank Marchand, 67, doesn’t expect his life to last much longer. And yet, the 47-year plumber isn’t worried about what’s down the pipeline for him.“Do...


Theater in the barn: Historic Northampton celebrates the restoration of its Shepherd Barn with three short plays drawn from city history
08-18-2023 1:58 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

With the growth of the internet and social media, museums in the last few decades have looked for new ways to engage visitors: interactive exhibits, special events, activity workshops for children, even using apps to guide visitors through...


Rain? It’s just one of ‘The Elements’: In a rainy summer, Performance 33 will offer a musical celebration of science and the weather 
08-17-2023 1:33 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

August in Northampton has a tradition of at least three things: late summer corn, back-to-school preparations, and a certain themed concert at Look Park’s Pines Theater.This year is no exception, and on Aug. 22, Performance 33 will bring area...


Art Briefs: Theater in Chester and Easthampton, a Native American celebration in Turner Falls, and more
08-04-2023 9:10 AM

Seeing the lightCHESTER – The summer season at the Chester Theatre Company (CTC) continues through this weekend with the final performances of Loy A. Webb’s “The Light,” a production that looks at how a young African-American couple navigate...

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