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THEATER: Hubbard Hall & Cambridge Central Present “Fiddler on the Roof” [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
The cast of "Fiddler on the Roof"

The cast of “Fiddler on the Roof”

Hubbard Hall, in partnership with Cambridge Central School, presents the award-winning musical Fiddler on the Roof on the Hubbard Hall Main Stage. The production will whisk you away to the small village of Anatevka where Tevye, Golde and their five daughters struggle to preserve tradition and cultural identity while trying to find their own place in a rapidly changing world. Written by Joseph Stein with the music of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick – including “Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “To Life” and “Sunrise, Sunset” – the musical theater classic is directed and choreographed by Kyra Fitzgerald. The production opens on Friday (March 24) and runs through Sunday, April 2.

“This is the first year the CCS Drama Club is officially in residence at Hubbard Hall, and we’re thrilled,” says Hubbard Hall Executive & Artistic Director David Snider. “Having dozens of these teens fill the Hall each afternoon with their energy, music and talent is a great addition to the life of the Hall, and the Hall space better supports and features the work of these amazing students. We hope everyone in the community will come out to cheer and revel in their great work.”

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THEATER REVIEW: “The Whale” @ the Whitney Center for the Arts [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
The cast of “The Whale:” Nancy Schaffer (Mary), Sam Therrien (Ellie), Dane Shiner (Elder Thomas), Mark “Monk” Schane-Lydon (Charlie), Meaghan Rogers (Liz) and director Jackie DiGiorgis (photo: John Kickery/Kickery Kreative Photography)

The cast of “The Whale:” Nancy Schaffer (Mary), Sam Therrien (Ellie), Dane Shiner (Elder Thomas), Mark “Monk” Schane-Lydon (Charlie), Meaghan Rogers (Liz) and director Jackie DiGiorgis (photo: John Kickery/Kickery Kreative Photography)

Review by Barbara Waldinger

According to playwright Samuel D. Hunter, his award-winning play, The Whale – currently on stage at Pittsfield’s Whitney Center for the Arts – was conceived while he was teaching a course in expository writing to freshmen at Rutgers University. What he learned was that in order to teach students how to write a good essay, he had to teach them not only to think independently but to have empathy. Throughout the play, Charlie, his main character, recites a seemingly short, simple essay about “Moby Dick” that demonstrates these qualities.

Like Hunter, Charlie teaches writing, hoping to find moments of “naked sincerity” in his students’ work. A morbidly obese man bent on eating himself to death, Charlie seeks a connection with his teenage daughter, whom he hasn’t seen since she was a young child. Having left his family to live with his partner Alan, a Mormon and former student who has since passed away, Charlie begs and bribes his daughter to spend time with him. Rounding out the cast is Liz, Alan’s sister, a nurse who cares for Charlie, Elder Thomas, a young Mormon who claims to have been sent on a mission to northern Idaho, where the play takes place, and Mary, Charlie’s former wife.

The visits of each of these characters to Charlie’s home comprise the structure of the play. What do they each want of Charlie? What does he want from them? Why does he choose to end his life? How do they try to stop him? We explore these questions and many more in a play that, despite its premise, offers hope and empathy.

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Circle Theatre Players Present “Wait Until Dark” [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 20th, 2017

In a basement apartment in Greenwich Village, Suzy, a recently blinded woman, is terrorized by a trio of thugs looking for a drug-stuffed doll they think is in the apartment. Will she see through the conmen’s bizarre charade? As the suspense mounts moment to moment, come see the electrifying conclusion to the tense thriller, Wait Until Dark.

Directed by Val Gray and produced by Shirley Neiss, the Circle Theatre Players production opens on Friday (March 24) and continues March 25, 30, 31 and April 1 at 8pm; March 26 and April 2 at 2:30pm. Tickets $18; adults; $10 under age 18. Prepaid reservations can be made at www.slca-ctp.org or call (518) 674-2007. The Sand Lake Center for the Arts is located at 2880 NY Route 43, Averill Park, NY, and is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking. Wait Until Dark is written by Frederick Knott, presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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A Weekend of Joan Ackermann Plays @ Shakespeare & Co. [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Joan Ackerman

Joan Ackerman

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox is pleased to announce “Joan Ackermann: One Playwright, One Weekend” with staged play readings today (Friday, March 17) through Sunday (March 19). Company actors and guest performers will explore the most beloved scripts of prolific playwright, journalist and screenwriter, Joan Ackermann.

Ackermann’s plays have been reviewed as “very funny” from The Wall Street Journal and “joyously entertaining” by The Louisville Courier Journal. The weekend celebrates her canon of plays and includes a world premiere script. All six readings will be directed by Ackermann and performed in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre.

“Joan Ackermann is a Berkshire treasure of national renown whose nuanced plays give us an insight into human relationships that is unique,” said Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. “We’re very fortunate to be able to serve up six of them in a single weekend, directed by the playwright herself, in what will surely amount to an Ackermann feast.”

The weekend will include staged readings of Zara Spook and Other Lures (called “wonderfully goofy” by The New York Daily News), Stanton’s Garage, The Batting Cage and Ice Glen, along with a collection of short plays and a world premiere script.

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“Doubt” Opens at Schenectady Civic Players on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Meigg Jupin as Sister James and Ben Katagiri as Father Flynn in “DOUBT, A Parable” at Schenectady Civic Players.

Meigg Jupin as Sister James and Ben Katagiri as Father Flynn in “DOUBT, A Parable” at Schenectady Civic Players

Award winning Doubt, A Parable, by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Tom Templeton, opens Friday (March 17) and runs through Sunday, March 26 at Schenectady Civic Players, 12 South Church Street in Schenectady’s historic Stockade district.

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

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“Souvenir” Kicks Off Bridge Street Theatre’s Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

On October 25, 1944, wealthy (and tone-deaf) soprano Florence Foster Jenkins and her accompanist Cosme McMoon performed a recital at Carnegie Hall. Tickets sold out weeks in advance; an estimated 2,000 people were turned away at the door. The world of music has never quite recovered. Come share the hilarious and touching tale of this unlikely pair in the musical Souvenir at Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre. The show kicks off on Thursday (March 16) with a pay-what-you-will performance and continues through Sunday, March 26.

Opera impresario Ira Siff, who dubbed her “the anti-Callas”, has said, “Jenkins was exquisitely bad, so bad that it added up to quite a good evening of theater … There was no end to the horribleness … They say Cole Porter had to bang his cane into his foot in order not to laugh out loud when she sang. She was that bad.” The historian Stephen Pile ranked her as “the world’s worst opera singer.” “No one, before or since,” he wrote, “has succeeded in liberating themselves quite so completely from the shackles of musical notation.”

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The Palace Theatre Announces New Show

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Jeff Strange (Donnybrook Fair) and Jimmy Kelly (the Jimmy Kelly Band) have teamed up to write Find Your Way Home, an Irish musical stage drama, which had its world premiere at Dublin, Ireland’s Civic Theatre in November.

Now folks in Greater Nippertown will have a chance to get their first peek of the show. Albany’s Palace Theatre will be screening the first act of the musical – filmed at the world premiere – at 4pm on Sunday, March 26.

In addition to the screening, the Palace event will also feature a Q&A with Strange and Kelly, as well as live musical performances by the New McKrells, Ronan Tynan (the Irish Tenors), Alex Sharpe (Celtic Woman) and Andy Cooney.

Tickets are $25; $65 for VIP tickets including a pre-show meet-and-greet with the performers and writers over tea and Irish scones beginning at 2pm.

PS: You can also catch Jeff Strange teaming up with his old Donnybrook Fair bandmate Kevin McKrell in concert at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs at 7pm tonight (Wednesday, March 15).

“Mothers & Sons” Opens at the Ghent Playhouse on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Wendy Power Spielmann and Ely Loskowitz in Terrence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons” at the Ghent Playhouse. Photo: Cindy Smith.

Wendy Power Spielmann and Ely Loskowitz in Terrence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons” at the Ghent Playhouse (photo: Cindy Smith)

The Ghent Playhouse presents the regional premier of Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons – a timely and touching contemporary play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family.

Mothers and Sons opens on Friday (March 17) and runs through Sunday, April 2 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.

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