A Look at the Resurgence of Williamstown Theatre Festival

April 20, 2015 5:15 PM

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With Living on Love opening tonight, I thought it was a good time to write about the resurgence of Williamstown Theatre Festival. This season alone has seen three productions--The Elephant Man, Living on Love and The Visit--which began life on the Williamstown stage taking a Broadway bow. Now people are going to say there was no need for Williamstown to make a comeback, because it never went anywhere, but let me lay out my case below.

When I began really following theater, Williamstown was the place to go if you wanted to see high-quality starry productions in a bucolic regional theater setting. Gwyneth Paltrow won an Oscar; she went to Williamstown. From 1999-2002, six Williamstown production graced the Broadway stage. Many othe...

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