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I called it. Othello at Shakespeare & Company is the hit of the summer in the Berkshires. Read this great review about all the current productions at Shakespeare & Co. in the Wall St. Journal by Terry Teachout. Good news for the company, and good news from the Berkshires. Also, here’s the great New York Times review! If past experience is any indicator, a solid national class review like this is pure box office gold. Combined with the “new theatre in the Berkshires” summary last week in the New York Times, it looks like a slow start will end up being a raucous follow through to the season. Kudos to the many, many people involved who are doing the work (all Berkshire Creative Economy jobs, mind you!) with special kudos the the hardest working gal in showbiz, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, who not only puts in major roles in two productions simultaneously this summer but also manages to deliver a PR push with her associate Jeremy Goodwin that is nothing short of world-class in its effect.

Oh, and not to toot my own horn, but those great big photos on the page don’t look so bad either, if I say so myself. Good pictures sell tickets. Great pictures sell a LOT of tickets.