Burns and Cane Review “Parasite Drag” at Shakespeare & Company [Berkshire on Stage]
by Gail Burns and Roseann Cane
Parasite Drag runs from June 20–September 2 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox, MA
Roseann Cane: Gail, when you invited me to collaborate with you, my biggest concern was potential conflicts of interest. I realize now what is really difficult for me: reviewing a play that I just didn’t like. Having been on the receiving end myself, I’m more than uncomfortable.
But I have to say it: I was very disappointed in “Parasite Drag.”
Gail Burns: And I believe we may be in the minority disliking this show. Friends and colleagues have been truly moved by the piece and the standing ovation at the press opening was genuine and heartfelt. But for you and me, while we liked all of the actors, Mark Roberts script and Stephen Rothman’s direction rang false.
Roseann: I had high hopes for this production, and with good reason, I think. Shakespeare & Company has consistently presented some of the finest theater I’ve seen in the Berkshires…or anywhere, for that matter. Rothman is new to the company, but has a powerful resume with credits including his work as founder and artistic leader of the revitalized Pasadena Playhouse.
The four-member cast includes three mega-talented company members whose performances have never failed to delight me (and one member I’d never seen before; more about her later).