Theater

‘Intimate Apparel’ at Shakespeare & Co.

The Japanese silk is woven through with a golden thread and dyed with a light scent of fruit. It is 1905 in New York City, and a seamstress makes makes corsets to fit smoothly against the skin. But closeness and sensuality are complicated, and what is life-giving when it is real can be dangerous when it…

The Clean House comes to WTF

A woman with a spreading illness sits on a balcony, tasting apples by the sea. A younger friend sits with her, warm and afraid at the same time. The younger woman has recently lost her parents, and she remembers them alive and in love. “They laugh until laughing makes them kiss,” she once said. “They…

Where Storms Are Born in Williamstown

Two boys sit on a fire escape together, tracing the stars in the city sky. They are brothers, and they have lost their father. Now the older brother is a memory, and the younger brother and his mother are facing his loss, in the world premiere of Harrison David Rivers’ Where Storms Are Born, directed by…

Summer theater

A young man from Colombia sees New York for the first time. A pianist from Harlem sees his son for the first time. A woman speaking in sign insists on the beauty of her language. What is American? Berkshire theaters are taking on this question with a tough and broad-minded compassion as they open this…

#BTW Flashback Pop Up Poets bring the word to the streets

Poetry on a park bench? I once talked with three New York poets at once from my phone on Spring Street, and it seemed right, because that’s the way they perform their work. As National Poetry Month picks up momentum, here are the Pop Up Poets telling me how poems can be as everyday a…