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Cultural Provocateur John Kelly Takes the Stage at MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, October 21st, 2016


John Kelly, a theater artist of rare emotional depth, presents “Time No Line,” a solo work-in-progress based on personal journal entries about the East Village of the 1980s, gender performance, the culture wars, queer history and more, incorporating movement, projections, song and spoken word. Kelly takes the stage at MASS MoCA’s Club B10 in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday (October 22).

John Kelly originally trained as a dancer, studying with top ballet schools before transitioning to the fine arts with a focus on painting and drawing. His connection with the self-portrait progressed into his work with corporeal mime, trapeze, tight-wire and voice. Each interest produces a different perspective on the human body, which has become a central theme in much of Kelly’s work.

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Monologuist Mike Daisey Plays “The Trump Card” @ the Mahaiwe [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
Mike Daisey

Mike Daisey

With his latest creation The Trump Card, monologuist Mike Daisey is doing for Donald Trump what Michael Moore once did for General Motors: exposing the politician for the fraud he is. To do this he is using the best weapons currently available: the truth and biting humor. The insanely gifted and controversial comedian has never failed to make audiences sit up and take notice of what he says, and in our interview with him he admits that Trump surrogates have followed his latest show with more than casual interest.

There’s been some catcalling and heckling, and protests outside the theaters in different cities. Nothing I can’t handle — I’ve dealt with Apple fanatics and Scientologists, so I’ve seen the worst. – Mike Daisey

Daisey’s monologues are a brilliant amalgam of heartbreaking autobiography, hilarious gonzo journalism and unscripted performance pieces that cut to the bone. At the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on Thursday (October 20), Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America’s surreal race for President, and there is no question as to which candidate he dislikes.

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Inaugural Berkshire Theatre Award Winners Announced [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Will Swenson & and ensemble in Pirates of Penzance. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

Will Swenson & and ensemble in “Pirates of Penzance.” Photo by Kevin Sprague.

The winners of the inaugural Berkshire Theatre Awards have been announced. Seventeen arts journalists voted on 120 nominees in 25 categories chosen from artists in the 75 live theater productions mounted in Berkshire County and adjacent areas between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.

The winner of the special Larry Murray Award, to be given to a person or theater project that advances social, political or community issues, will not be announced until the Winners’ Celebration at 5pm on Sunday, November 13 at Barrington Stage’s Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield. Nominees for the Larry Murray Award are Kristen van Ginhoven, co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre; Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director of Barrington Stage; and the three Vermont theater companies that teamed up to produce all three plays in Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests this past summer – the Dorset Theatre Festival, Northern Stage Company and the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company.

“If these awards indicate who is doing the best work in the Berkshires, then Barrington Stage and Shakespeare & Company have to be at the top of anyone’s list,” said awards organizer Larry Murray of “Those two companies received the majority of wins, with WAM Theatre and Berkshire Theatre Group also receiving recognition of their work. That the Williamstown Theatre Festival came close in many categories without securing its own place in the awards will undoubtedly be cause for speculation. It seems the critics have spoken.”

Here’s the complete list of Berkshire Theatre Awards nominees and the winners:

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GO HERE to read review of “Pirates of Penzance”…

THEATER REVIEW: “Camping With Henry and Tom” @ Barrington Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Kevin O’Rourke, Patrick Husted & PJ Benjamin in Camping with Henry and Tom. Photo by Scott Barrow.

Kevin O’Rourke, Patrick Husted & PJ Benjamin in “Camping with Henry and Tom.” Photo by Scott Barrow.

Review by Macey Levin

At the opening night of Mark St. Germain’s play Camping with Henry and Tom, Julianne Boyd, artistic director of Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, declared for this season’s finale that she and her staff didn’t realize the relevance of the play when it was originally selected. Though first produced at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in 1993 when Ms. Boyd was artistic director there, the play could have been written last night with lines from the past week’s newscasts.

Some of the issues, personalities and catch-phrases that have been involved in the current presidential election are in this flawed but intriguing play. The characters – Thomas Alva Edison, Henry Ford and President Warren G. Harding – argue over corruption in government, the need for an outsider to be elected, sexual escapades of elected officials, immigration (Ford has an extensive speech in which he says, “First get rid of the Jews”) and “Let’s make America great again,” amongst other comments.

The premise of the play is partially based on an actual incident. Ford and Edison used to go camping together; St. Germain fictionalized their last trip, in 1921, by including Harding. They decide to leave the fictional campsite where their aides and the press have surrounded them to seek a quiet time. Ford, driving a Model T, veers to miss a deer on a mountainous road, disabling his car by running into a tree. Their first and continuing argument is what to do about the injured deer. Their attitude and decisions toward it mirror the development of the conflicts. While they wait to be rescued their various aspirations and personalities are revealed.

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THEATER REVIEW: “The Bakelite Masterpiece” @ the Unicorn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
David Adkins and Corinna May in WAM Theatre’s Bakelite Masterpiece (photo: Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware)

David Adkins and Corinna May in WAM Theatre’s Bakelite Masterpiece (photo: Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware)

Review by Macey Levin

Under what circumstances would a convicted art forger gain his freedom by forging another masterpiece? The current production of The Bakelite Masterpiece by Kate Cayley, jointly produced by WAM Theatre and Berkshire Theatre Group at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, explores an historical incident in the Netherlands during the late stages of World War II.

Han van Meegeren (David Adkins) has been sentenced to be executed for having sold an original painting by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Nazi leader Hermann Goering. His defense is that the painting was his forgery. The prosecutor Geert Piller, (Corinna May) an art historian and resistance fighter, conducts one last interview demanding Meegeren sign a prepared confession. He refuses citing the fact that the painting was not the original. To prove his facility at forgery he requests that he be allowed to demonstrate his ability to recreate another Vermeer. Out of curiosity, Piller agrees.

He tells her he will reproduce Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery, the “long-lost” painting he sold to Goering, if she will pose for him in a blue dress. Reluctantly, she agrees. Instead he paints an interpretation of Vermeer’s Woman in a Blue Dress. Both are attempting to define their respective version of the truth; he to demonstrate the validity of his claim; she to reinforce the case against him. As van Meergeren starts to paint, he and his watchdog develop a relationship of mutual respect. After feinting and parrying through several conversations each becomes concerned for the other.

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Steven Patterson’s Tour de Force Performance as “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
Steven Patterson in “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus.” Photo by Tony Firorillo

Steven Patterson in “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus.” Photo by Tony Firorillo

Mary Shelley’s timeless tale of terror gets the tour de force treatment in Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, Jim Helsinger’s stunning adaptation for a single performer, coming to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre on Thursday (October 13) and running through Sunday, October 23. BST’s Associate Director Steven Patterson plays all the roles in a virtuoso display of acting and storytelling artistry that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Barely five years after it was first published, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” had been adapted for the stage. The 1823 production, which Mary herself attended, was so successful that a second edition of the novel was rushed out to capitalize on its sudden theatrical popularity. Since then, the book has continued to inspire artists in many media. For playwrights, its powerful themes suggest endless avenues of exploration and the operatic scale of the story creates unique dramatic and visual opportunities. For actors, the roles of the obsessed, doomed Frankenstein and his wretched, cobbled Monster are all but irresistible.

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“Peter and the Starcatcher” Takes the Stage at Hubbard Hall [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, October 7th, 2016
Peter and The Star Catcher Directed by David Snider at Hubbard Hall

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” directed by David Snider at Hubbard Hall

It’s a classic adventure complete with pirates, decoy treasure and a not-so-deserted island when the smash Tony Award-winning hit Peter and the Starcatcher comes to Hubbard Hall in Cambridge for the first time. Join Peter Pan, before he became Peter Pan, as he, the Lost Boys and a band of pirates battle to find their way through Neverland.

This magical show with music is suited for all ages. Bring the kids and rediscover the magic of live theater from a child’s perspective.

The production features local talent, including Kyra Fitzgerald as Molly Aster, Christiana Roewer as Peter Pan and Erin Ouellette donning a moustache once again as the fearsome pirate Black Stache. Rounding out the rest of the cast, Jack Boggan plays the crafty Captain Bill Slank, Catherine Seeley is featured as Stache’s right hand man Smee, and Kristoffer Ross and Katherine Danforth play Lord Aster and Mrs. Bumbrake. Other players include Mara Bailey, Sarah Burke, Leila Bruske, Shawna Martinez, Michael Raffel and Daniel Salzer.

“This show invites all of us to turn back the clock, reclaim our innocence, and play like children again,” said Executive & Artistic Director David Snider. “Swashbuckling pirates, mermaids, sailors, heroes – all fill Peter and the Starcatcher with the magic of childhood. I hope audiences of all ages will join us for this thrill ride of a show.”

Peter and the Starcatcher will open on Saturday (October 8) at 7:30pm and run weekends through Sunday, October 23, with performances on Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $25 general admission; $10 students. There will be a preview performance on Saturday (October 8) at 2pm for $20 general admission; $10 students.

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THEATER: “Camping with Henry & Tom” at Barrington Stage Co. [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 3rd, 2016


Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company presents Mark St. Germain’s award-winning play Camping with Henry and Tom, directed by Christopher Innvar. Camping with Henry and Tom previews begin on Wednesday (October 5) with an official opening set for Sunday (October 9). The play runs through Sunday, October 23.

In 1921, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Warren G. Harding took a camping trip together into the Maryland woods to escape civilization; what they couldn’t escape was each other. Inspired by an actual event, Camping with Henry and Tom is an exploration of friendship, politics and leadership—a comedic and dramatic clash of two great minds and one great heart of the twentieth century.

Camping with Henry and Tom features PJ Benjamin as Thomas Edison (Broadway: The Wizard in Wicked), Patrick Husted as Henry Ford (BSC’s An Enemy of the People), Fisher Neal as Colonel Starling (TV’s Person of Interest) and Kevin O’Rourke as Warren Harding (WGN America’s Outsiders and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire).

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