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The awards, presented by the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association at the Zion Luther Church on Nov. 15, were for outstanding achievements in theater productions in the Berkshires and its environs between Oct. 1, 2019 and Sept. 30, 2021.
“Nina Simone: Four Women” wears its heart on its sleeves. There is nothing subtle here; even less that is nuanced. With the notable exception of Cearcy’s affecting, beautifully shaped character, Aunt Sarah, Ham’s women are less full-bodied characters than spokespersons for a variety of positions.
“What we see in this play is Simone as an artist making the transition to artist-activist. It’s an opportunity for her to see how her gift operates in the world when she is going through her own struggles.”