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Larry Murray

Larry Murray Larry Murray has been writing about theatre, music and dance for a long time. Over the years he has worked with Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, and numerous theatre companies. He helped begin Arts Boston, an umbrella organization and served as its CEO for a decade. As chair of Boston's Midtown Cultural District Task Force,he paved the way for new facilities for local theatres. He works behind the scene to nurture the performing arts, but in 1989 was named New England's Entertainer of the Year. His online blog, BerkshireOnStage.com is well known as an authoritative voice on the arts of Western Massachusetts. Over the years he has written for the Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Berkshire Fine Arts and is a regular contributor to Nippertown, the Albany, NY entertainment website.


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BWW Interviews: Jeremy Irvine Chats New Drama BEYOND THE REACH, Out Today
April 17, 2015

As BEYOND THE REACH opens at theaters nationwide today, April 17, correspondent Larry Murray spoke with actor Jeremy Irvine about the film which also stars Michael Douglas, and his experience filming it.

BWW Reviews IN DARFUR, a Profound Evening of Drama at WAM Theatre
November 3, 2014

IN DARFUR is a theatrical experience and a call to arms exploring the act of genocide, and how to bring it to an end.

BWW Reviews: This Sparkling ON THE TOWN Traveled From the Berkshires to Broadway
October 20, 2014

ON THE TOWN has moments of classic dance, comedy and music, but it's the earthy country sailors who make this musical soar.

BWW Reviews: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE Erupts at Barrington Stage Company
October 8, 2014

The truth can be explosive as Arthur Miller's adaptation of Ibsen's classic tale of truth vs. politics comes to the stage in the Berkshires with a brilliantly moving production of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE directed by Julianne Boyd.

BWW Interviews: Terrence McNally on CORPUS CHRISTI: PLAYING WITH REDEMPTION
September 17, 2014

Terrence McNally has both a hit play on Broadway and a new film documentary about a traveling group of actors performing CORPUS CHRISTIE: PLAYING WITH REDEMPTION soon to be released on DVD and via streaming. We ask the playwright some questions about what prompted him to write a play about religion with an LGBT subtext..

BWW Reviews: A Very Chekhovian VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Shakespeare & Co
August 22, 2014

For those who think that Christopher Durang's popular VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE is a strawhat comedy, this production proves it's goat real heart too, just as in any Chekhov play.

BWW Reviews: Enthralling DANCING LESSONS at Barrington Stage Co.
August 14, 2014

When a professor with Asperger's Syndrome needs DANCING LESSONS, he meets an injured dancer, and they both find life lessons in this uplifting and romantic comedy.

BWW Reviews: Explosive FOOL FOR LOVE at Williamstown Theatre Festival
July 28, 2014

Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell team up as May and Eddie in Sam Shepard's FOOL FOR LOVE at the Willliamstown Theatre Festival and the fireworks on stage are spectacular to watch. Daniel Aucin directs this visceral production.

BWW Reviews: Revealing BREAKING THE CODE at Barrington Stage Co
July 23, 2014

A rethinking of the 1986 biographical play by Hugh Whitemore about mathematician and computing innovator Alan Turing who was instrumental in solving the Nazi's Enigma Code yet was vilified as a homosexual and chemically castrated before ultimately being pardoned 60 years after his death. A swirling production that is both a puzzle play and a tour-de-force for Mark H. Dold, who plays Turing brilliantly.

BWW Reviews: Laughs Come Easily in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
July 13, 2014

The idea behind this show - which is pretty much a guaranteed hit wherever it has been produced - is to condense many of Shakespeare's masterworks into a two hour orgy of down to earth humor and outright fun. Opening with ROMEO AND JULIET and closing with HAMLET the trio led us on a merry chase through the classics, poking fun as they go.

BWW Reviews: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Soars at Berkshire Theatre Group
July 6, 2014

When it comes to works by Stephen Sondheim, the music is everything, and the Berkshire Theatre Group does not let us down.

BWW Reviews: JUNE MOON Classic Rib Tickler at Williamstown Theatre Festival
July 6, 2014

Jessica Stone directs a classic comedy with some of her own twists as the Williamstown Theatre Festival opens its 2014 season.

BWW Reviews: Sparkling KISS ME, KATE at Barrington Stage Company
June 16, 2014

For this classic musical, Barrington Stage went big - and it pays off in a rollicking, ribald KISS ME, KATE with top notch singing, dancing, and saging. Cole Porter's musical gets a great cast that does his music proud, while not mining the genius of Bella and Samuel Spewack's book for every possible laugh.

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - Berkshire Region
June 2, 2014

No rural area has as many summer stages as the Berkshires of Massachusetts whose offerings overflow its borders.

BWW Reviews: Marg Helgenberger in THE OTHER PLACE at Barrington Stage Co. in the Berkshires
May 27, 2014

A wild ride from start to finish, THE OTHER PLACE gives Marg Helgenberger a juicy role for her return to the stage.

BWW Interviews: Marg Helgenberger Preps for THE OTHER PLACE at Barrington Stage
May 11, 2014

It's a role that can be a tour-de-force and Marg Helgenberger starts in the Berkshires at Barrington Stage Company in the hopes the production will find its way to the West Coast. Christopher Innvar directs.

BWW Reviews: CLYBOURNE PARK Probes Racism with Humor at Barrington Stage
September 30, 2013

Unlike 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' there is no simple lesson to be drawn from Clybourne Park, only the realization that racial reconciliation in America still has a long way to go.

BWW Reviews: Sparks fly in SCOTT AND HEM IN THE GARDEN OF ALLAH
August 22, 2013


BWW Reviews: Evil Lurks in THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE at ShakesCo in the Berkshires
August 17, 2013

Anything is sweeter than this mother and daughter story.

BWW Reviews: Funny, Inventive MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Barrington Stage Co
August 12, 2013

With this production of Much Ado About Nothing, Barrington Stage enters the ranks of Berkshire theatre companies that have proven their expertise with the most successful, and challenging, of all playwrights.



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