“Enchanted April” Is Lovely In the Summertime, Too

Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, Mass. offers a cogent look at four women finding their way in the days after the War to End All Wars. It’s well worth the trip. Read the review.

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From the West Comes a Vibrant Dance Company

Pacific Northwest Ballet has not been seen on the East Coast in 10 years. That’s far too long a period to go without seeing this expressive troupe, now led by Petr Boal, once of New York City Ballet. Read the review.

Best Plays” of the Season Are Announced

Each year since 1920, a yearbook has chosen the supposed best plays of the year; the choices are arguable, sometimes, but always interesting. Read the story.

Two Dancemakers On the Way Up at Jacob’s Pillow

Trey McIntyre and Karole Armitage, two very American choreographers, display very different dancing; the one constant is excellence. And there’s more throughout August. Read the review.

“Hamlet” Is All In the Family In the Berkshires

Home life’s not always blue skies and buttermilk, as Mr. Shakespeare well knew. At Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass. they are giving this old tragedy a very new familial twist.Read the review.

An Evocation of the Master and His Muse at Jacob’s Pillow

George Balanchine is gone now, but in the Berkshires the Suzanne Farrell Ballet can offer us a memory of the grace and glory of yesteryear. Read the review.

For First-rate Summer Fare, Go North

In Ontario, two small towns are very large indeed when it come to producing eye-catching, thoughtful theatrical works. And it’s not all just Will and G.B.S. Read thereview.

Great Music In Great Houses Is On in Newport

No, it’s not all just jazz and folk in Newport. The Newport Music Festival brings you Bach and Chopin and many others. And it’s all in the “Summer Cottages,” too. Read the story.

2006 Norton Awards

Presented by the Boston Theater Critics’ Association, the annual Eliot Norton Awards have gone to a wide range of theaters. Read the story.

“Hamlet” is a Group Success at Trinity Rep

Many a theater likes to say that it is a company of actors. But in Providence, the Trinity Repertory Company is one of the few that actually makes that goal work. Their “Hamlet” is ensemble all the way. Read the review.

In New York . . .

Our critics have been to the City and saw three productions they liked, mostly.

When a Party Is Not a Hoot

We’ve all been there, when a good time turns into a bloodbath; Mike Leigh’s 1970s play takes us back. It’s funny enough to seein the Off Broadway production. Read the review.

An American Girl, An Italian Boy: There’s Heat (and “Light”)

Now revived as a new musical, “The Light in the Piazza” has a weak book but some fine operatic music and one splendid Tony-winning award which makes it worth seeing at Lincoln Center in the Big Town. Read the review

“A Touch Of the Poet” in New York: A Story Of Personal Trial

Not generally considered one of Eugene O’Neill’s best, this drama of self-deception is well-directed by Doug Hughes (“Doubt”) and has a layered performance by Gabriel Byrne making it worth seeing at the Roundabout. Read the story.

Bare Bones “Hamlet” Shows Its Muscle

The Aquila Theatre Company’s touring “Hamlet” is a lucid, vigorous rendering of the troubles in Denmark. Read the review.


Laurence Olivier the Way He Was, Warts and All

A new biography brings the great performer in clearer focus than ever before. Read the story.


A Theater Baby Will Take Over at Trinity Rep

Well, not really, of course. But 40-year-old Curt Columbus, a leading light of Chicago’s plentiful theater scene, is moving to Providence to lead the Trinity Repertory Company. Read the story.

O’Neil Center Announces Start of Open Submissions

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is beginning its Open Submissions process for projects to be included in its July – August, 2006 national new works conferences. Read the story.

It’s mostly All in the Family at the Music in the Mansions


While the music is mostly from Europe and the performers from 17 countries, the leadership of the Newport Music Festival is a Mom and Pop plus the Boys affair. Read the story.


The Rich and Famous Are Much Like You and Me

Off Broadway, Austin Pendleton’s “Orson’s Shadow” takes a look at Welles, Olivier and Tynan and finds that success really can be a Bitch Goddess. It’s a funny, involving and true piece of theater. Read the review.

Still Fun After All These Years

“Shear Madness” shows it still has what it takes after 25 years to be a good time for all. Read the review.

“Merchant” on the Screen: Different But Not Bad At All

Well-balanced and lovely to look at, Michael Radford’s “Merchant of Venice” has strong performances starting with Al Pacino as Shylock; it’s worth catching. Read the review.

Oskar Eustis Goes Public

oskarThe upcoming departure of Oskar Eustis as the Trinity Repertory Company’s director for the leadership of the Public Theatre in New York means that New England is losing its most dynamic and effective arts leader. Bill Gale, who covered Eustis for all of his career in Providence, has an appreciation . . . Read the story.

“The Lion King” Takes you to Magic Places


It seems “The Lion King” will roar forever. It’s still on Broadway, and displays no sign of weakening on the road. The show’s next New England stop is at the Providence Performing Arts Center Oct. 20-Dec. 4. Tickets are $27.50-$72.50. Phone 401-421-2787. Read Theater New England’s review of the show’s previous appearance in Boston. Read the review.

If Not “Democracy” Then How About “Forbidden?


Michael Frayn’s very serious look at the life, times and legacy of Germany’s Willy Brandt in “Democracy” is a long way from the spoofing and hoofing at “Forbidden Broadway,” but both are worth seeing. Read the reviews.

Robert Redford Comes to Providence and talks to TheaterNewEngland.com


Robert Redford got his start on the stage and someday he may return to it. Read the interview with TheaterNewEngland.co