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THEATER BULLETIN BOARD MANAGER

Cheryl Allan Carlyle ♦ Cheryl is a native of Western Massachusetts who was introduced to theater at a young age, and whose love of performing arts has only grown throughout the years. Cheryl is an accomplished playwright whose feature-length play, The Weight of Silence, made its world premiere in Cape Cod. Her work has also been showcased at local theaters and festivals throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. Whether it’s local stages or the bright lights of Broadway, Cheryl has a deep appreciation for theater arts and the amount of work and dedication that goes into each performance. As our Theater Bulletin Board Manager, Cheryl will be providing our readers with a bridge that connects our local community with the magic and wonderment of live theater. theater@hilltownfamilies.org


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  1. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    June 25, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Friday, July 26, 8pm
    Saturday, July 27, 8pm
    Sunday, July 28, 4pm

    HISTORICAL/AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL: (dis)Place[d]. In this spellbinding piece, co-director Deborah Eliezer cracks open the assumptions of her own identity through the story of her father, Edward Ben-Eliezer, an Iraqi Jew born in 1930, a member of the Zionist underground, refugee, Israeli spy, and immigrant to America. Eliezer brings twenty years’ experience as an acclaimed physical performer to create a dozen different characters, including her father at three different ages, her great grandmother, their Iraqi neighbors, an ethereal embodiment of the Tigris Euphrates valley itself, refugees, immigrants, and more. First generation immigrants have often hidden the stories of their past, sometimes to keep painful memories from their children, sometimes to enthusiastically embrace their new countries. The children are caught between cultures, with no way of acknowledging a multi-national, multi-ethnic identity. It was not until Eliezer’s father had begun his descent into dementia that she began to glimpse his past.
    “We kept cyanide in our socks,” he said out of the blue one day. And she learned that her peace-loving father had been a spy for the Israeli Defense Forces. Other stories trickled out: as a child he hid for days on a rooftop as Baghdadi Jews were slaughtered during the Farhoud, a Nazi-inspired “pogrom”; at 11 he joined the Zionist underground, smuggling weapons; at 19 he was targeted for assassination, fled Baghdad, crossed the desert on foot, and lived in a refugee camp on the Iraq/Iran border for two years; he managed to bring 8 of his 9 siblings to Israel, unable to save the eldest, who stayed behind and was killed. Bit by bit Debórah uncovered her roots, and the remarkable history of the Iraqi Jewish Diaspora. (dis)Place[d] follows her exploration of these stories, and asks hard questions: Who has the right to tell the story of a people? What is the significance of borders versus land and culture? What is the relationship of nationality to identity? The work aims to open a space for community dialogue around these issues in general, and specifically within the diaspora of Mizrahi Jews. Performances will be held in the Holden Theater on the campus of Amherst College. 20 Kirby Drive, Amherst, MA. ($$)

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  2. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    June 25, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Saturday, July 20, 8pm

    STORY SLAM/AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL: Ko Fest Story Slam 2019. In a unique twist on the classic poetry slam, the Ko Fest Story Slam will showcase first person, true stories told live on stage. This season’s theme is “HABITAT,” which will feature stories having to do with human habitat – particularly changes in them. Perhaps some performers will tell stories that look back at where they grew up, or about moving to a new locale or culture. Stories will be personal in nature – firsthand or observed – that relate to the performer’s experience. A show of this nature gives audiences the opportunity to experience the raw honesty and vulnerability that is live theater. Performance will be held in the Holden Theater on the campus of Amherst College. 20 Kirby Drive, Amherst, MA. ($$)

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  3. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    June 25, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Friday, July 12, 8pm
    Saturday, July 13, 8pm
    Sunday, July 14, 4pm

    SOCIAL ISSUES/BIOGRAPHICAL: OK, OK. In a performance that reckons with the racism of today through the lens of what Katie Pearl learned – and didn’t learn – about Oklahoma history while growing up in Tulsa, OK. Performed by Pearl herself with a local ensemble of four, OK OK weaves together personal biography and civic narrative to crack open closed surfaces and get at what’s underneath. Hilarious, heartbreaking and informative, this show reveals the truths and untruths we as a country tell ourselves about who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going. This a show was developed, in part, during a 2018 Ko Festival Rehearsal Residency and is suitable for audiences ages 12 and up. Performances will be held in the Holden Theater on the campus of Amherst College. 20 Kirby Drive, Amherst, MA. ($$)

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  4. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    June 13, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Friday, July 5, 8pm
    Saturday, July 6, 8pm
    Sunday, July 7, 4pm

    AWARD WINNING/INTERNATIONAL: The Last Rat of Theresienstadt. This play tells the story of Sofia Brünn, a Weimar cabaret star from 1930’s Berlin who finds herself transplanted to Theresienstadt, a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. In this completely foreign habitat, she forges an unlikely friendship with Pavel, a rat (played by a puppet), who despite the lack of food that has driven away the rest of his kind, remains out of love for her and her art. The Last Rat of Theresienstadt is a show about resistance and hope, and the need to fill the soul as well as the body. A black comedy, it’s a low tech, multi-media play with music, rod/bunraku style puppetry (our titular Rat), shadow puppetry, overhead projections (artwork from the camp used to set the scene and illustrate a landscape for the story) — and three performers. Developed at Ko during a 2017 rehearsal residency, the piece was performed in New York at The Tank and to sold-out houses at two theater/puppet festivals in Poland. It won the Jury Grand Prize, Student Jury Prize, Audience Prize, A Moment of Beauty in Puppetry awards at the Lalka Tez Cztowiek Puppet Fest in Warsaw, Poland. Audiences will delight in this award-winning theater performance while also witnessing the unique and creative blending of various theatrical mediums! Performances will be held in the Holden Theater on the campus of Amherst College. 20 Kirby Drive, Amherst, MA. ($$)

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  5. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    May 31, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Saturday, June 29, 5pm

    MURDER MYSTERY/DINNER THEATER: Murder Maiden in China. Gertrude Ingrid Josephine Mattel, a.k.a GI Jo is running the Maiden China Toy Co. since the passing of her beloved father. She’s a hated dictator with enemies. Her husband, Lou Zerr, is hen-pecked. Her assistant, C. Alice Knightly, is an office slave. Goldie Digger, Lou’s “secretary” can’t stand Jo. Charlie Brown III of “This Side UP” delivery service is the brunt of name calling. Someone gets so sick of her that she ends up in permanent retirement. Murder Maiden in China offers audiences the opportunity to experience theater in a new and exciting way. While enjoying a delicious dinner, patrons will have fun figuring out who done Jo in! Reservations required by June 26. The dinner theater will be held in Ventfort Hall at the Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)

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  6. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    May 31, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Friday, July 26, 8pm
    Saturday, July 27, 2pm
    Sunday, July 28, 2pm
    Friday, August 2, 8pm
    Saturday, August 3, 2pm
    Sunday, August 4, 2pm

    YOUTH THEATER/DISNEY MUSICAL:Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins is a show that takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures! This iconic nanny helps the troubled Banks family learn to value each other again, motivating audiences with her lessons in “anything is possible if you believe.” This production of Mary Poppins gives audiences the chance to experience special effects, illusions, and musical theater by way of a strong female role. Performance will be held at the Exit 7 Theater. 37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow, MA. ($$)

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  7. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    May 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Wednesday, June 19, 7pm
    Thursday, June 20, 8pm
    Friday, June 21, 8pm
    Saturday, June 22, 7pm
    Sunday, June 23, 5pm
    Tuesday, June 25, 7pm
    Wednesday, June 26, 2pm
    Wednesday, June 26, 7pm
    Thursday, June 27, 8pm
    Friday, June 28, 2pm
    Friday, June 28, 8pm
    Saturday, June 29, 8pm
    Sunday, June 30, 2pm
    Tuesday, July 2, 7pm
    Wednesday, July 3, 2pm
    Wednesday, July 3, 7pm
    Friday, July 5, 2pm
    Friday, July 5, 8pm
    Saturday, July 6, 2pm
    Saturday, July 6, 8pm
    Sunday, July 7, 5pm
    Tuesday, July 9, 7pm
    Wednesday, July 10, 2pm
    Wednesday, July 10, 7pm
    Thursday, July 11, 8pm
    Friday, July 12, 2pm
    Friday, July 12, 8pm
    Saturday, July 13, 2pm
    Saturday, July 13, 8pm

    TONY-AWARD WINNING MUSICAL/FAIRY TALE: Into the Woods. “Anything can happen in the wood.” This is the promise, and premise, of the much-loved Tony-Award winning musical Into the Woods. A childless baker and his wife endeavor to life their family curse by journeying into the woods where they encounter the classic fairy-tale characters we’ve grown to love – Rapunzel and her mother, Cinderella, Jack (from the Beanstalk), Little Red Riding Hood and more! Their stories become entangled in unexpected ways, revealing what happens after “happily ever after.” This wickedly witty score weaves a magical spell, warning “be careful what you wish for!” Come witness the joy and wonders of Broadway. Note: children under 5 years old are not permitted in the theater. Performances will be held at Barrington Stage Company on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

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  8. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    May 17, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Saturday, June 8. 2pm
    SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS/YOUTH IN THEATER: Gasping Whiteness. Gasping Whiteness is a play and community workshop that explores white supremacy’s impact on parenting in progressive, middle class communities. The creative team includes playwright Will MacAdams and social justice educator and theatre maker Trenda Loftin, along with two child actors from Western Massachusetts, and Atlanta-based visual artist Angela Davis Johnson. Gasping Whiteness runs for one hour and is followed by a one hour facilitated dialogue designed to explore how the themes of the play speak to our lives and stories. 100% of the proceeds from the show will support the purchase of a house for black queer and trans freedom fighters, an effort coordinated by the reparations campaign of Western MA SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice). This show offers audience members an opportunity to witness how the power of theater can be used to elevate social awareness while inspiring us to take an active role in creating positive change in our community and in the world. The performance will be held at the Northampton Center for the Arts. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA. (SLIDING SCALE)

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  9. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    May 7, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Thursday, May 23. 7pm

    PLAY READING/LOCAL PLAYWRIGHT: The Restoration Room. This reading is the third in Silverthorne Theater’s new play reading series. The Restoration Room was written by Northampton playwright Harley Erdman, who is also a professor in the UMass Theater Department. The play follows two academics who struggle to resist the power of their mutual intellectual and physical attraction. Play readings give a platform for new work to be heard, while offering audience members a chance to assist in the development of new work in our community. Drawing upon direct audience feedback, playwrights are able to gain new insight into how their script translates to a live audience while the theater company is able to consider whether a particular piece will be brought to full production. This reading is free and open to the public. UMass Fine Arts Center (Room 204) 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst,MA. (FREE)

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  10. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    May 7, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Thursday, August 15. 8pm
    Friday, August 16. 8pm
    Saturday, August 17. 8pm
    Sunday, August 18. 8pm
    Thursday, August 22. 8pm
    Friday, August 23. 8pm
    Saturday, August 24. 8pm
    Sunday, August 25. 8pm

    SHAKESPEARE/CLASSICAL THEATER: Much Ado About Nothing. Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park will return with a fifth free outdoor production on the First Street Common. Featuring the famously witty on-again-off-again lovers Beatrice and Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing is the story of the trials of love in a society dominated by patriarchal traditions. Beatrice’s cousin Hero and the young soldier Claudio meet and fall in love, but when a man spreads nasty rumors about her, Hero’s voice is silenced and their relationship torn apart. Loyalties are tested as the community responds, including a ragtag group of officers who just might save the day. Artistic director Enrico Spada notes how “this play is incredibly relevant in 2019, casting a light on issues that are all too present today. When a man, bent on revenge, swears on a lie about a young woman—why does nobody believe her?” He adds that “Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park is a celebration of community, culture, and the joys of sharing stories.” Additionally, the production will feature actors, designers and technicians from the Berkshire County community. Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park is free for all attendees, providing an enriching and thought-provoking theater experience that is accessible to the community as a whole. Performances will be held at the First Street Common, located next to the Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

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  11. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    May 7, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Wednesday, May 15. 6pm
    Thursday, May 16. 6pm
    Sunday, May 19. 2pm
    Sunday, May 19. 6pm

    CLASSIC TALES/MUSICAL: Peter Pan, Jr. Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years and is now adapted for young performers. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, the fierce Flower Folks, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook. Featuring the iconic songs, “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth and adventure, Peter Pan, Jr. is the perfect show for the child in all of us… who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. Performances will be held at Jewish Community Center. 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. ($)

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  12. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    April 29, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Friday, May 10. 7pm
    Saturday, May 11. 1pm
    Saturday, May 11. 7pm

    DISNEY/BROADWAY MUSICAL: Newsies: The Broadway Musical. Starlight’s Youth Theatre is “Seizing the day” presenting Disney’s Tony Award winning production of Newsies! This amazing cast will dance into your hearts as they tell the real-life story about the courageous newsboys who lead the Children’s Crusade of 1899 in New York City. Perfect for the whole family and every audience, Newsies: The Broadway Musical brings you the timeless message of love, hope, hard work and believing in the dream of a better tomorrow. Come witness the magic of Broadway theater right here in your own back yard! Performances will be held at The Academy of Music. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

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  13. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    April 16, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Friday, April 19. 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 20. 7:30pm
    Thursday, April 25. 7:30pm
    Friday, April 26. 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 27. 7:30pm

    CLASSICAL THEATER/SHAKESPEARE: As You Like It. In this classic Shakespearean comedy, As You Like It is set in the Forest of Arden and follows the adventures and marriages of two couples – Rosalind and Orlando, and Celia and Oliver. Through their folly and antics, audiences are invited to explore the concepts of love, gender/gender fluidity, family, art, culture, and transformations. Performances will be held at Theater 14 in the Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts at Smith College. 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

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  14. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    April 8, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Tuesday, April 16. 7:30pm

    SOLO PERFORMANCE/HOLOCAUST: The Tattooed Man Tells All. A solo performance by Keith Langsdale, The Tattooed Man Tells All was written by Peter Worstman and directed by Ellen W. Kaplan and was woven from interviews the author conducted with Holocaust survivors in Vienna in the 1970s. Audiences will embark on an emotional and historic journey to understanding the Holocaust through first-hand accounts. This program is co-sponsored by the Smith Department of Theatre, the Jewish Studies Program, and the Smith College Lecture Committee. The performance will be held at Smith College in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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  15. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    April 8, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Friday, April 19. 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 20. 7:30pm
    Sunday, April 21. 6:30pm

    CLASSICAL THEATER/SHAKESPEARE: The Tempest. Neither a comedy nor a tragedy, The Tempest is a magical and spiritual experience that focuses on many different aspects of love or lack thereof: romantic, fraternal, and love of drink to name a few.This show takes audiences on a tempestuous journey as we set the stage between the 1st and 2nd World War; a time when the great globe itself was facing such tumult and fear of complete destruction and annihilation. Will we succumb to technological advancements or will the heart, will love win in the end? Shakespeare Stage strives to provide artistic enrichment in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Through passionate performances, involvement from the community, and the pursuit of dramatic growth and excellence, we contribute to the increasing importance of the arts and theatre for our neighbors. Performances will be held at the Flex Space at Northampton Center for the Arts. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

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  16. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    April 8, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Wednesday, April 10. 8pm
    Thursday, April 11. 8pm
    Friday, April 12. 8pm
    Saturday, April 13. 2pm
    Saturday, April 13. 8pm

    TONY AWARD-PULIZTER PRIZE WINNING/BROADWAY MUSICAL: Next to Normal. The award-winning production, which received the 2009 Tony Award for best musical score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, follows the life of Diana Goodman and her family as she struggles to overcome a longtime battle with mental illness onset by the death of her infant son. Next to Normal explores contemporary issues such as grief, trauma, mental illness, mental health treatment, and the definition of family. It also highlights a small cast of student actors showcasing their individual vocal talents. Performance will be held at the Ely Studio Theatre in the Ely Campus Center. 577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA. ($)

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  17. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 29, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Saturday, March 30. 2pm
    Saturday, March 30. 7pm

    HIGH SCHOOL THEATER/STUDENT DIRECTOR: Waiting for Godot. Come see this critically acclaimed play by Samuel Beckett featuring two characters, Estragon and Vladimir, who are waiting for something to relieve them from their boredom in life. .Waiting for Godot explores what constitutes human suffering, as Godot represents one of the many things in life that people wait for. The play is being directed by NHS senior Mikey Diaz, giving audiences a unique opportunity to witness the talents of up and coming theater artists. Performances will be held in the Black Box Theater at Northampton High School. 380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA. ($)

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  18. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 26, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Thursday, April 4. 7pm
    Friday, April 5. 7pm
    Saturday, April 6. 7pm
    Sunday, April 7. 2pm

    DRAMA DESK AWARD WINNER/BROADWAY: Blithe Spirit. Winner of the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival, Blithe Spirit tells the story of cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine who is re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira. This show offers audiences the opportunity to support local actors as they present this iconic comedy, written by this British playwright Noel Coward, known for both his wit and writing of more than 50 plays! Performances will be held at South Hadley High School. 153 Newton Street, South Hadley, MA. ($$)

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  19. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 26, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Saturday, April 6. 9:30am
    Saturday, April 6. 11am

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/DISNEY CLASSICS:Snow White. Tiny Tales is a live, participatory theater experience specifically designed for young children between the ages of 3 and 8. Snow White is a classic Disney tale whose most important message lies in redefining beauty from an external concept to the internal sum of our kindness and good intentions. Throughout the show, children are invited up on stage to take an active part in the production while those who remain in the audience provide sound effects and hand motions that enhance the story. The immersive format of this show helps children develop an early love for theater. Performance will be held at The Red Door Theatre. 152 South Westfield Street, Feeding Hills, MA. ($)

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  20. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 11, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Saturday, March 23. 7:30pm

    COLLEGE PROJECT/OPIOID EPIDEMIC: (In)Dependent: The Heroin Project. This new drama by Kent State University students features interviews with heroin users, counselors, and family members. (In)Dependent: The Heroin Project exposes the reality of the heroin crisis, and captures the physical, mental, and emotional issues of people who have experienced opioid misuse disorder, including friends, families, nurses, policemen, and children, from primary and secondary interaction with heroin. The Academy of Music Theatre will partner with Hampshire HOPE, a multi-sector opioid coalition in Northampton, to raise awareness about Opioid misuse disorder, reduce stigma, and elevate the voices of those who are oppressed; to provide a deeper, more meaningful community engagement process which allows us to better understand the experiences of those impacted. Performance will be held at the Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

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  21. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 11, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Friday, March 22. 7pm
    Saturday, March 23. 2pm

    DISNEY CLASSIC/MUSICAL: Alice in Wonderland, Jr.. Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Alice in Wonderland, Jr. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale. The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! This lively musical is fun for the whole family! Performances will be held at the Ann T. Dunphy School. 1 Petticoat Hill Road, Williamsburg, MA. ($)

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  22. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 5, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Thursday, April 4. 7:30pm
    Friday, April 5. 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 6. 7:30pm
    Thursday, April 11. 7:30pm
    Friday, April 12. 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 13. 2pm
    Saturday, April 13. 7:30pm

    PULITZER PRIZE WINNING/SOCIAL ISSUES: Sweat. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lynn Nottage’s play deftly and unflinchingly examines the complicated ways race, class, and gender intersect in a struggling factory town. Sweat features well-drawn characters that stir us to think about how we can overlook the various ways hate presents itself and how close it is to us, until we are forced to confront it. This piece engages audiences in an exploration of one of the most critical social topics of our time. Performances will be held in The Curtain Theater at th Fine Arts Center at UMass.151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA. ($$)

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  23. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 5, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Friday, March 22. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 23. 7:30pm
    Thursday, March 28. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 30. 2pm

    NEW WORKS/PLAY LAB: Come My Beloved. In this new play about race, intimacy, and Detroit, Michigan, Come My Beloved chronicles one Friday night in the lives of three Black and Jewish couples, based on one real family. Through glimpses into lives of these three couples, this show explores the downfall and resurgence of one of America’s most important cities and the vastly different trajectories of two communities within it. With cultural relevance and important insight, Come My Beloved is featured as part of UMass Amherst’s 2019 Play Lab project. Performances will be held in the Rand Theater at the Fine Arts Center at UMass.151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA. ($$)

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  24. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 5, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Thursday, March 21. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 23. 2pm
    Friday, March 29. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 30. 7:30pm

    NEW WORKS/STUDENT PLAYWRIGHTS: Swimming Lessons. In this new work by two UMass undergraduate students follows the story of Yusuf and Josephine, who are both interning with a brilliant surgeon at a Boston hospital. Together they navigate the issues on all of our minds: politics, cultural differences, childhood, dreams, and fears. Sprinkled with insight and humor, Swimming Lessons is part of this year’s UMass Play Lab project, which is dedicated to featuring the work of local theater students. Performances will be held in the Rand Theater at the Fine Arts Center at UMass.151 Presidents Drive, AMHERST, MA. ($$)

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  25. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 5, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Saturday, March 16. 2pm

    DISNEY/FAMILY MUSICAL: Rapunzel. Nominated for Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show, Ragtag Theatre’s Rapunzel follows a troupe of poor “Italian” actors as they present a twisted musical romp through the fairy tale Rapunzel! With talkin’ birds, an 80’s hair stylist, a prince in a giraffe onesie and a cobbler and his wife from the wrong side of the tracks, this drag-infused production is done in the style of Commedia dell’Arte and is highly-interactive — incorporating improvisation and loads of audience participation. This production allows audiences to experience the thrill of immersive theater! Performances will be in the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at Barrington Stage Company. 30 Union Street, PITTSFIELD, MA. ($$)

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  26. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 25, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Friday, March 15. 7pm
    Saturday, March 16. 7pm
    Sunday, March 17. 2pm

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/BROADWAY MUSICAL: Into the Woods. This hit Broadway musical is presented by local high school students right here in our community! Into the Woods features well-known fairy tale characters, including Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Each character has a deeply held wish that they long to see fulfilled, learning valuable lessons along the way. This story highlights the importance of connection and community, and how the choices we make moment to moment come together to form our life experiences and ultimately shape our character. Performances will be held at Hampshire Regional High School. 19 Stage Road, Westhampton, MA. ($)

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  27. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 25, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Thursday, March 7. 7:30pm
    Friday, March 8. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 9. 2pm
    Saturday, March 9. 7:30pm

    MUSICAL THEATER/FAMILY:Tuck Everlasting: The Musical. This musical adaptation of Natalie Babbit’s famous novel on life and immortality has been hailed by the New York Times as a show with “kinetic beauty that startles with its emotional resonance and theatrical force.” In this all-ages show, Tuck Everlasting explores the timeless question: what if you could live forever? Come experience the magic of this show, which features the work of student designers, a student-driven pit orchestra, and a brilliant student cast. This production helps young people cultivate an early love of theater while creating a memorable experience for the entire family! Performances will be held in the Amherst Regional High School Auditorium. 21 Mattoon Street, Amherst, MA. ($)

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  28. February 25, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Saturday, March 2. 9:30am
    Saturday, March 2. 11am

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/IMMERSIVE:The Princess Who Lost Her Voice. Tiny Tales is a live, participatory theater experience specifically designed for young children between the ages of 3 and 8. The Princess Who Lost Her Voice is a funny story about a young princess who loses her voice and must find alternative ways of communicating, much to the distraction of the adults around her. Throughout the show, children are invited up on stage to take an active part in the production while those who remain in the audience provide sound effects and hand motions that enhance the story. The immersive format of this show helps children develop an early love for theater. Performance will be held at The Red Door Theatre. 152 South Westfield Street, Feeding Hills, MA. ($)

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  29. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 18, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Friday, March 8. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 9. 7:30pm
    Sunday, March 10. 6:30pm
    Friday, March 15. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 16. 7:30pm
    Sunday, March 17. 3pm
    Sunday, March 17. 6:30pm

    FEMALE PERSPECTIVE/PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST: The Wolves . This exciting new drama tells the story of a nine-member girls’ soccer team preparing for their games on an indoor soccer field in suburban America. As they warm up, we are given a stunning portrait of contemporary young-womanhood. The New York Times said of the play, “The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene.” A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Wolves has been performed by many colleges and professional theatres throughout the country, but this production offers an opportunity to see the play performed by girls the same age as their characters and who have direct access into these characters’ experiences. Due to mature language and content, this show is recommended for audiences age 14 and older. Performances will be held at The Drama Studio, 41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA. ($$)

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  30. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 18, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Friday, February 22. 7:30pm
    Saturday, February 23. 7:30pm
    Thursday, February 28. 7:30pm
    Friday, March 1. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 2. 7:30pm

    CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL/DARK COMEDY: THE MOORS. Set in the Victorian era of the 1840’s England, this play tells the tale of two sisters and a dog who live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. THE MOORS is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility. This production is presented by the Smith College Department of Theatre. Performances will be held in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA. ($)

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  31. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 18, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Friday, February 22. 7pm
    Saturday, February 23. 7pm
    Sunday, February 24. 2pm
    Friday, March 1. 7pm
    Saturday, March 2. 7pm

    CLASSICAL THEATER/HISTORICAL DRAMA:The Lion in Winter. This engaging drama tells the story of the most powerful, and the most fascinating, family of the 12th Century: Henry II of England and his combative wife and children. Come watch as these sharp-tongued, strong-willed royals manipulate, negotiate, and bargain as they try to get control of the throne of the aging King Henry II. The taught, often comedic exchanges between them is dialogue writing at its best, and the themes – sibling rivalry, adultery, dungeons – are classic in scope. The Lion in Winter is a brilliantly witty play about the entanglements of personal life, and enduring passions and enmities, with grand political questions. Note that tickets are being sold at half price for the Sunday show! Performances will be held at the Ashfield Town Hall, 412 Main Street (Rt. 116), Ashfield, MA. ($)

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  32. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 13, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Friday, March 8. 7pm
    Saturday, March 9. 7pm
    Sunday, March 10. 7pm

    CONTEMPORARY PREVIEW/SOLO PERFORMANCE:SUGA. Slated for a Fall production, The Double Edge Theatre is performing a preview of this original solo performance. This pieces was conceived, created, and performed by Travis Coe, who began working on SUGA as he explored the Afro-Caribbean/Latinx history of his family, and their native lands spanning Belize, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. This show is an investigation of freedom, and the bounds — personal, artistic, societal, and political — one must break through to achieve that end. As a caretaker of a museum of memory, Coe touches/reveals/remixes all the aspects of himself — as Queer, Black, Latino, and American, to find the path to sing, fly, run – toward freedom. Performances will be held at The Double Edge Theatre. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

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  33. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 13, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Thursday, February 21. 7:30pm
    Friday, February 22. 7:30pm
    Saturday, February 23. 7:30pm
    Sunday, February 24. 2pm

    CLASSICAL THEATER/OSCAR WILDE:The Importance of Being Earnest. Considered one of the greatest comedies of the English-language stage, the witty play satirizes the social conventions of late Victorian London. Written by famous British playwright Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest is said to be the most well-known and quoted play in English after “Hamlet.” This comedic play focuses on two men, Algernon and Jack, who are both leading double lives. The show explores marriage, class, and social expectations, themes that remain relevant to today’s discussion. Performances will be held in the Rooke Theatre at Mount Holyoke College. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA. ($)

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  34. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 9, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Saturday, March 2. 9:30am
    Saturday, March 2. 11am

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/IMMERSIVE:The Princess Who Lost Her Voice. Tiny Tales is a live, participatory theater experience specifically designed for young children between the ages of 3 and 8. The Princess Who Lost Her Voice is a funny story about a young princess who loses her voice and must find alternative ways of communicating, much to the distraction of the adults around her. Throughout the show, children are invited up on stage to take an active part in the production while those who remain in the audience provide sound effects and hand motions that enhance the story. The immersive format of this show helps children develop an early love for theater. Performance will be held at The Red Door Theatre. 152 South Westfield Street, Feeding Hills, MA. ($)

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  35. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 9, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Thursday, March 14. 7pm
    Friday, March 15. 7pm
    Saturday, March 16. 2pm
    Saturday, March 16. 7pm

    CLASSIC MUSICAL/HIGH SCHOOL THEATER:Grease. Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of this classic musical. In the singing, dancing world of Grease, you’ll experience the friendships, romances, and adventures of a group of high school students in the 1950s as they navigate their differences. Performance will be held in the Northampton High School Auditorium. 380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

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  36. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    January 31, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Saturday, February 16. 1pm

    LONDON THEATRE/LIVE BROADCAST: Julie. Called “provocative and profound,” this story follows the wild and newly single Julie in a power game that rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival. This showing transcends traditional theater in that audiences will be watching the production via live broadcast from the National Theatre in London. Julie allows us to experience theater through a different lens and brings the magic of international theater to our local community! The Clark Institute, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. ($$)

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  37. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    January 24, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Friday, February 1. 7:30pm

    MODERN MUSICAL/SPECIAL PRESENTATION:Mrs. Smith. Kidnapped from her Upper East Side penthouse and held for ransom by a Norwegian death metal band, Mrs. Smith suffered the Stockholm Syndrome granting her extraordinary musical abilities. She uses her brilliant guitar skills and vocal stylings to express the grief and rage she feels over the disappearance of her beloved cat Carlyle. Mrs. Smith is a humorous, new age guitar musical that spans genre. All tracks are innovatively arranged and it’s truly a feast for the ears. Come witness musical theater like you never have before! The Curtain Theater in the Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst. 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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  38. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    January 19, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Thursday, March 7. 6:30pm
    Friday, March 8. 6:30pm

    YOUTH THEATER/BROADWAY MUSICAL:42nd Street. 42nd Street is the ultimate show-biz musical, celebrating Broadway theater, Times Square, and the people who make the magic of musical theatre! A Broadway classic that never fails to sweep audiences off their feet, this musical bubbles over with energy, humor, and show-stopping production numbers. Academy Youth Productions bring the magic of Broadway to our own backyard, and are performed by area youth ages 9-15. Performance will be held at The Academy of Music Theatre. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$$)

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  39. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    January 19, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Saturday, February 2. 9:30am
    Saturday, February 2. 11am

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/DISNEY:The Princess and the Frog. Tiny Tales is a live, participatory theater experience specifically designed for young children between the ages of 3 and 8. The Princess and the Frog is a tale of passion and purpose, kindness and determination. Throughout the show, children are invited up on stage to take an active part in the production while those who remain in the audience provide sound effects and hand motions that enhance the story. The immersive format of this show helps children develop an early love for theater. Performance will be held at The Red Door Theatre. 152 South Westfield Street, Feeding Hills, MA. ($)

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