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'The Way Back': Hoosiers, Too
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:39PM / Thursday, March 12, 2020
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Occasionally, especially in unstable times, a predictable movie like Gavin O'Connor's "The Way Back," about a former basketball phenom on the skids who seeks grace by coaching the ragtag team at his alma mater, instills a salubrious sense of order, albeit for only 108 minutes.   Truth be told, I never really liked the idea of entertainment as diversion from one's troubles, but rather preferred that my amusements be the cherry on top of a life relatively free of any truly serious adversities. Oh, that it would always be the case.   Still, referring to yet another category of use, entertainment's ability to render instructive wisdom, as is dramatically

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'The Invisible Man': More Than What Meets the Eye
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:30PM / Thursday, March 05, 2020
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I inevitably ponder the same confounding question every time I review a horror move: Why would someone want to subject themselves to two hours of blood pressure-raising, heart-pounding, stomach-curdling and mind-distressing occurrences?    I then go on to explain that there are plenty of real, everyday circumstances from which to draw fear without paying handsomely for it at the Bijou. Things like the mortgage, a suspiciously weird neighbor who's doing gosh knows what, a bunch of looney, mendacious ne'er-do-wells helping themselves to the national treasure down in Foggy Bottom, and nowadays especially, the guy working in the diner who, after visiting the men's room,

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MCLA Spring Theatre Season Kicks Off With 'Topdog/Underdog'
05:01PM / Monday, March 02, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts theater program kicks off its spring season with Suzan-Lori Parks' "Topdog/Underdog."

The play will be directed by visiting guest artist Rodney Creech, with student John Archer-Harvey serving as assistant director.

"Topdog/Underdog" opens on Friday, March 6, with additional shows on March 7, 10, 11, and 12. All performances begin at 8 p.m. There will be additional matinee performances at 2 p.m. on March 7 and 8. A talk-back with Creech and the cast will be held after the March 8 matinee performance. General admission tickets are $15.

The play explores the lives of two brothers, Lincoln and

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Berkshire Theatre Group to Hold Auditions for 'Peter Pan'
12:20PM / Monday, March 02, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Theatre Group seeks child and adult actors, musicians, backstage crew, technical support, usher staff and parent volunteers to participate in its upcoming non-equity production, "Peter Pan."

This production will be directed by Travis Daly, with music direction by Jacob Kerzner, and will run July 2-26 at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Auditions will take place Monday, March 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, March 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.The Colonial Theatre. Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition time slot, call 413-448-8084, ext. 80.

The roles are open to actors of all ethnicities, second grade through adults. Student

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Williams Celebrates Stephen Sondheim's Impact on Musical Theater
12:06PM / Monday, March 02, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Renowned lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim is known for the remarkable range of musicals he has worked on, from "West Side Story" to "Sweeney Todd" to "Into the Woods." A class of 1950 graduate of Williams College, his life and legacy have influenced generations of people throughout the world — including countless Williams students — and the impact of his contributions to the field of musical theater is immeasurable.
 
On the occasion of Sondheim's 90th birthday in March 2020, Williams College will present a series of events on campus titled Sondheim@90@Williams. The events are free and open to the public

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'The Call of the Wild': Mush to the Theater
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:46PM / Thursday, February 27, 2020
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In the closing credits of director Chris Sanders's presentation of Jack London's "The Call of the Wild," a wholesome tale of the courage, honor and loving devotion between man and dog that hopefully won't be lost on our adolescent population, there is a curiously inherent contradiction.   The lists of folks who toiled in the visual effects, special effects, art, animation and makeup departments to make this rousing adventure yarn in the Yukon look so stunningly real go on and on, affirming that the sorcery of re-creating nature sure takes a lot of manpower.   Now, I don't want to be like Sid, the suitor/engineer who ruined every movie for my big sister by

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Mt. Greylock Regional School to Present 'Anything Goes'
08:55PM / Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School students in grades seven through 12 will perform the musical comedy "Anything Goes' on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27, 28 and 29, at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 1781 Cold Spring Road.

"Anything Goes" takes place in the mid-1930s onboard the luxury liner SS American between New York Harbor and London, England. Billy Crocker (ninth-grader Sam Tucker-Smith), a young assistant to Wall Street tycoon Elisha J. Whitney (10th-grader Jonah Hane), a passenger on the ship, decides to stow away in hopes of wooing his long-lost love and wealthy debutante, Hope Harcourt (12-grader Ashtyn Faas), who is

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'Criminal' Reveals the Human Stories Behind the Crimes
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
04:03PM / Friday, February 21, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Podcasts about serial killers are part of the modern aural landscape, a combination of the heightened interest in true crime and the ability of anyone with a computer to create a podcast. Boasting journalistic chops and professional production, the podcast "Criminal" exists as the gold standard of the genre, not just telling stories about crime, but examining the human stories revealed through the crimes.   For the last six years, host Phoebe Judge has guided her audience through crimes in history and more recent transgressions. Sometimes they have a larger social significance, other times they bring to light curious characters. Sometimes they

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'Downhill': It's all Relative
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:42PM / Friday, February 21, 2020
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"Downhill," an Americanized adaptation of Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund's "Force Majeure," a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, doubtlessly lost something in the translation. Indeed, this variation on a comedy-drama about a family on an Alpine ski vacation evokes a smidgen of its Continental DNA.    Yet, in taking its uncertain path to some hoped for humanistic revelation, it seems like it'd be much happier if only it could jump the tracks from classically cerebral comedy to safely domesticized farce.   Not to say that Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell as the marrieds with issues just bursting to unravel don't

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Williams Inn Combines Food & Brew for Youth Center Benefit
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:00PM / Thursday, February 20, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The interest in craft brewing has been inspiring menus that reflect the unique tones of these ales, lagers and stouts.    We're not talking hot dogs and backyard barbecues — although there's certainly nothing wrong with that — but rather pairings akin to popular wine dinners at which both food and beverage are matched to complement and enhance each other.   Think crab cakes, Korean BBQ, cheddar cheese fondue and chocolate layer cake.    That's the goal of the four-course beer dinner slated forat the Barn Kitchen & Bar at the new Williams Inn. The beer is being supplied by Wormtown Brewery of

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