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A crisis hits the home: What’s being done to help those facing eviction in a pandemic

All they want is a clean slate. After nine-plus months of dealing with the tumultuous life upheaval caused by the pandemic – on-again, off-again jobs, opening...

Home grown: Individuals getting into the marijuana-growing game, but stigma remains

If things smell a bit skunky in the neighborhood, don’t automatically point the figure at those nocturnal creatures. That odor may be emanating from...

Moving forward: How to leave the Trump-era behind and forge a new future

For a time, it really looked like the large-scale repudiation of President Donald Trump so many of us had hoped for would come to...

Stagestruck: Torch Songs

MIFA, the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, is a Holyoke-based venture that’s working to restore the city’s venerable Victory Theatre as a regional...

Stagestruck: But Is It Theater? – The Year in Zoom

Does theater, by definition, require an audience’s physical presence in a shared space with live actors? Is viewing the video record of a live...

Stagestruck: A Woke Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving is such a lovely holiday. Do we have to talk about genocide during this beautiful American holiday?” That’s the kind of pushback often directed...

Stagestruck: Halloween & Other Horror Shows

It’s the time of year for werewolves and witches, costumes and candy – and, in this especially bloodcurdling season, tricks and Trump – so...

Stagestruck: Immersion By Proxy

As you approach the theater, you find a note pinned to the stage door. It’s from the director, who says he’s been delayed and...

Stagestruck: Roe in the Balance

It wasn’t planned this way, but the timing couldn’t be more apt. Just as the U.S. Senate is poised to confirm a “pro-life” justice...

Stagestruck: We’re All Improvisers Now

Last March, when the theaters shut down and the proverbial ghost lights went on, we thought we might be back onstage by now. I,...