The Williamstown Theatre Festival is coming to a close in about a week, and I wanted to take a minute and compliment all the wonderful performers, the stage crews, the seasonal and year-round staff, Jenny Gersten and Madeline Long. (Thanks for the tickets!)
You've all done another fantastic job of bringing world-class theatre here to the Berkshires, and I am certainly looking forward to next year.
And I hope I wasn't too harsh with any criticism in my reviews. I certainly tried to accentuate the positives.
And there were loads of positives. From the zany hilarity of "Animal Crackers" to the gripping forbidden romance of "The Bridges of Madison County," there was something for everyone this year.
As for the future? I would love to see some kind of big Broadway musical. You know the ones: "South Pacific," "The Sound of Music," "West Side Story" just to name a few.
I guess we'll see, but I have no doubt that Jenny Gersten will pick more than a few winners.
So to all you who will be moving on to your next project, break a leg!
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To shift gears, what's up Williamstown?
I said it before and I'll say it again: I think it would be best to leave conservation land alone. The fact that it is still being discussed after Williams College (more or less) gave the town land to settle the dispute just seems ridiculous. It's time to move on, and to hurry up doing it since the clock is ticking on the FEMA grant.
As if the injury from Irene wasn't enough, now it seems the residents of The Spruces are being used as pawns in some kind of game. That's not cool.
I am pretty sure everyone just wants what's best for the residents, and also the town, but let's get moving on this.
I have been told that the affordable housing debate over the Lowry and Burbank properties has been going on for some time Maybe it's time to put the issue to bed by making a decision and sticking to it.
The town deserves it, and the residents caught in the crossfire deserve some peace of mind.