By Gail Burns
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! Now you can listen to my in-depth interviews with the leaders of many of this month’s cultural events on my Will Call podcasts on The Greylock Glass Website, as well as read my theatre reviews at BerkshireOnStage.com.
Westward Ho Ho Ho!: While we may wish to stave off the holiday madness until December, we can’t deny they’re right around the corner when the Festival of Trees opens on November 13 at the Berkshire Museum! This year’s theme is Westward Ho Ho Ho! in conjunction with their exhibitions National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West and Go West. An additional November treat, the Museum’s Little Cinema is screening the Found Footage Festival, an acclaimed showcase of videos found at thrift stores and garage sales across the country, on November 21 at 8 pm.
Holy Laughter: WAM Theatre’s MainStage production is already up and running weekends through November 22 at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center at 36 Linden Street in Pittsfield. This poignant comedy follows Abigail, an Episcopal priest who finds that the reality of leading a church is radically and hilariously different than what she learned in seminary. Twenty-five percent of box office proceeds will be donated to Hands In Outreach and Sisters For Peace and their girls education project in Nepal.
What’s a Panto?: It’s a British holiday tradition in which a well-known fairy tale is used as the jumping off point for all manner of merriment, mayhem and cross-dressing hilarity. The Panto-Loons at the Ghent Playhouse have been writing their own Pantos for more than a decade now, and this year they will be presenting “Snow White: House of Dwarfs” weekends from November 27-December 13. Ghent, NY, is an hour’s drive southwest of Williamstown, just beyond Chatham, which is full of fun shops and restaurants.
Shakespeare Galore!: Mt. Greylock Regional High School joins nine other schools when they bring their production of “Macbeth” to the 27th Annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare November 19-22 in The Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company. They will present it first November 13 & 14 at 7 pm at the Williamstown Elementary School. At the ’62 Center Williams Theatre, CoDa (Contemporary Dance Ensemble), and WiPE (Williams Percussion Ensemble) collaborate on an innovative new version of “The Tempest” November 12-14 at 7:30 pm in the Adams Memorial Theatre. And MCLA offers up “Romeo and Juliet” November 18-21 in Venable Theatre
What Remains: On November 3 at 7:30 pm, Bennington College hosts faculty member Brooke Allen and her husband, architectural photographer Peter Aaron, in a discussion of Syria: Before the Deluge, in conjunction with an exhibit of Aaron’s photographs of Syrian sites, many of which are now destroyed or endangered.
Dial “M” for Manchester: The annual interactive musical Murder Mystery Dinner Party, penned by innkeeper Tajlei Levis, will take place November 7 at 6:30 pm at the Wilburton Inn in Manchester Village, VT. Dress up 1940’s style or come as you are. $50 buys you dinner, dessert, and sleuthing.