DIDO & AENEAS
A radical endeavor—less pint-sized grand opera than an appropriation of the genre for theatre of the black-box type. A cocktail party degenerates into surreal anarchy, with witches prancing about and the lovers copulating in a bathtub. ...Elegant, boisterous, and melancholy by turns. The scale of the show felt exactly right.
-Alex Ross, The New Yorker
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
In Act 2 of Berkshire Theatre Group’s stirring production of a A Little Night Music, Madame Armfeldt proposes a toast: “To life! And to the only other reality — death!’’ Ethan Heard’s Night Music has a certain emotional eloquence and a lovely dreamlike quality, but Madame Armfeldt’s “other reality’’ is there, too, thrumming beneath the surface. When Baldwin and Soo team up for “Every Day a Little Death,’’ it seems to expand to an existential lament, and you can hear a pin drop inside the Colonial Theatre.
Gripping drama...under the clearly inspired guidance of Heartbeat co-artistic director Ethan Heard. A feat of virtuosity. A flat-out triumph.
BELLS ARE RINGING
The production uncorks and sustains a fizzy energy. Heard’s affection for this material is palpable, and he draws deft performances from his cast.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Nominated for five Berkshire Theatre Awards: Musical Production, Direction, Choreography, Set Design, and Costume Design
Shrewd and revelatory. Utterly irresistible. Smart and appealing.
THE CAT AND THE CANARY
The actors are superb in this exceptional production, but the real stars of the evening are composer and sound designer Steven Brush and director Ethan Heard. Heard’s cinematic direction is right on. A daring production, with stunning visual and aural effects and one hell of a cast – what more could you ask for in a theatrical performance?