Theaters

Dance Dhamaka — South Asian fusion at ’62 Center

The dancers are holding candles, one in each hand. They cup their hands, so the flames seem to ride on their palms. They hold out their arms and extend them overhead, spinning. The candles are called diya, and families light them at home at the Hindu festival of Diwali to bring a small flame into…

MCLA women take on Henry V — #OurNorthAdams

North Adams is welcoming Small Business Revolution today — so in their honor, here’s a #ThrowbackThursday look at a North Adams story that moved me this fall. They can’t sleep. It’s nearly dawn, and they may not be alive by sunset. They are sitting in the dark in a rough camp, hungry and angry. They…

‘Tribes’ at Barrington Stage

They meet at an art opening: a young man who doesn’t know the group and a young woman trying to get away from it. They are talking casually about stilt-walkers, champagne and Che Guevara. He asks her a question, and she moves her hands, the letters imagining the bloom flowering and then wilting. “Fingerspelling,” she says.…

Selected Shorts — stories live

She has worked for 17 years at a small manufacturing firm in Manhattan, and the story begins on the day she is laid off. Her husband is transferred, and the family arrive, dazed, in a small Southern town that seems to have grown out of plastic and asphalt. “People ended up in New Brunswick, North…

‘And No More Shall We Part’

A gas lamp. A cold night in sleeping bags. A pop song. What would you remember in your last hour alive? Australian playwright Tom Holloway sets two people on that outer edge in “And No More Shall We Part” at Williamstown Theatre Festival, through Aug. 21. Pam and Don are middle-class couple living outside Hartford…