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“Hi, Are You Single?” @ Bridge Street Theatre This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 24th, 2017
Ryan Haddad

Ryan Haddad in “Hi, Are You Single?”

Ryan has a higher sex drive than you. He also has cerebral palsy. Following a pair of standing-room-only performances at the Public Theatre’s recent Under the Radar Festival and overflow crowds and standing ovations in two separate engagements at Dixon Place in NYC, Ryan Haddad’s frank and funny Hi, Are You Single? comes to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre for two performances only on Saturday & Sunday (February 25 & 26). The show has adult themes and is recommended for audience members 16 and older.

Society generally assumes that people with disabilities possess no sexual drive or desire. Ryan shatters that as he attempts to navigate the gay dating pool, searching for love with equal parts humor and hurt, and finding plenty of discrimination and intolerance of difference within an already marginalized community. He hits the clubs and bars ready for glamour and excitement, but soon realizes that his cerebral palsy makes him an outsider. The men he meets there force him to confront his insecurities and examine his own judgmental behavior. But hey, not everything is so serious! Grab a margarita and say hi to Ryan on Grindr. Give him a kiss if you’d like. There’s no need to be shy and bring an attractive friend.

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THEATER REVIEW: 10×10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Dina Thomas is horrified by the sight of two grown men – Matt Neely and Douglas Rees – playing with plastic dinosaurs in “Sandbox.” (photo: Scott Barrow)

Review by Gail M. Burns

Ten 10-minute plays – five before intermission and five after – helmed by two directors – Julianne Boyd and Matthew Penn – performed by a versatile ensemble of six actors – three male, three female – on a bare stage with only the most basic sets and costumes in the middle of February. This is the 10×10 New Play Festival at Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company, now in its sixth season and well established a welcome winter outing for locals and ski-bunnies alike.

This year’s showcase of 10 plays were selected from close to 200 submissions, and I am happy to say that the majority of them are written by women. Gender parity is an ideal, but it is nice to see the women in the lead for a change. All the plays are entertaining. Most lean towards comedy to make their point, but a couple are on the more thoughtful side.

But before we get to the plays themselves, mention must be made of the delightful “Hamilton”-ian rap, written by actor Matt Neely, which opens the show. This has become an annual tradition, and it alone is worth the price of admission. The cast wears a few bits of appropriately revolutionary dress, and Neely concludes the piece by striking Lin-Manuel Miranda’s signature Hamilton pose, which graces that show’s posters in silhouette.

This year the 10 plays can fairly neatly be divided into five pairs that cover the same ideas and issues. So I will review them that way, as contrasting pairs. I have numbered the plays by the order in which they are performed.

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Bridge Street Theatre Announces New Season of Theater & Cabaret [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

The Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill has announced a brilliant selection of plays for 2017 – a musical sensation, a world premiere comedy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, a powerful Best New Play about impossible choices, and a lovely, intimate Lanford Wilson work especially for Veteran’s Day.

A season subscription for all five plays is now available for $100, and you can pick your performance dates and select your seats in advance, or wait until up to 24 hours before the performance you want to attend.

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Berkshire Theatre Group Announces 2017 Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Hot off the heels of its critically acclaimed revival of Fiorello!, which was named a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times, the Berkshire Theatre Group and Kate Maguire (Artistic Director/CEO) have announced BTG’s 2017 summer theater season.

Due to last summer’s record-breaking season, BTG is expanding its 2017 summer festival offerings, including an extended run of the Tony Award-winning musical, The Music Man, at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

Other highlights of the 2017 season also include the Tony Award-winning jukebox musical, Million Dollar Quartet and the celebrated American classic, Arsenic and Old Lace, as well as two productions penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights, Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo and David Auburn’s Lost Lake.

In addition to a season cast announcement, an additional Fitzpatrick Main Stage production will be announced in the next several weeks.

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“Lovers’ Spat” @ Shakespeare & Co. This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 17th, 2017
A Lovers’ Spat can take many forms.

A Lovers’ Spat can take many forms.

Shakespeare & Company is pleased to announce Lovers’ Spat: Shakespeare’s Famous Couple’s Encounters on Saturday (February 18) at 7pm and Sunday (February 19) at 2pm. Company actors and guest performers explore the complexities of love in staged readings featuring Shakespeare’s most notorious couples’ loving, fighting, scheming and wooing. Lover’s Spat is directed by Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and performed in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox.

“The best part of quarreling is making up,” said Allyn Burrows. “On this Valentine’s weekend we do the quarreling, and you do the making up, or making out, or making your sweetheart laugh.”

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Shakespeare & Company Announces Its 40th Anniversary Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Illustrations by Kevin Sprague

Illustrations by Kevin Sprague

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox has announced its line-up for the 2017 summer season, which includes three Shakespeare plays: Cymbeline, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; plus two Edith Wharton comedies, Roman Fever and the newly adapted The Fullness of Life. Additional titles include the Obie Award winning 4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog; New York Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle Recipient, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage; and Tony Award Winner, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza.

“Marking this 40th Season at Shakespeare & Company represents a thrilling opportunity for us to celebrate our company’s legacy, to take stock of where we are, and to look forward to an exciting future,” said Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. “Our robust 2017 programming highlighting the Bard is expanded to include special musical guests and contemporary women writers. We heartily invite people to make our grounds a destination to picnic, and enjoy a true Berkshire theatrical experience, including our new outdoor theatre in the Shakespeare’s Garden.”

The new Garden Theatre, located directly across from the Tina Packer Playhouse, is an intimate outdoor performance space with comfortable seating. This summer the space will be home to The Tempest, performed in-the-round at dusk. The Company will also present a 90-minute production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream outdoors in the Dell at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home. The popular Fourth of July Community Event, featuring the reading of the Declaration of Independence, will also return this summer.

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Adirondack Theatre Festival Announces 23rd Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The Adirondack Theatre Festival has announced its 23rd season – the third for Producing Artistic Director Chad Rabinovitz, who will again bring an entire season of major new works to Glens Falls with a team of top-level professional artists. After a record-breaking season of sold-out performances last year, nearly doubling attendance and subscribership in just the past two years, the 2017 season promises to be even bigger and better with performances running from June 21-August 12 at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls.


2017 SUMMER MAINSTAGE SHOWS

NIKOLA TESLA DROPS THE BEAT
By Nikko Benson & Benjamin Halstead
Directed by Marshall Pailet
June 21-July 1
A misunderstood genius. A rivalry for the ages. An idea that would change the world forever. Turning the volume up on one of our time’s most influential (and controversial) innovators, Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat is a theatrical experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen. A show that can only be described as “Hamilton meets Tesla”, this epic battle of Nikola Tesla vs. Thomas Edison is set to the rhythm of a brand-new beat, in a modern and mesmerizing musical that will leave you speechless… and electrified.

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It’s a Magical Weekend @ the Bridge Street Theatre

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Be prepared to have your mind blown…

Three unique (and totally different) performances from the world of magic are on tap this weekend at the Bridge Street Theatre Speakeasy in Catskill:

“Mind Myths”
7:30pm Friday (February 17)
$15; $10 students age 21 & under
Dan “Evil Dan” Terelmes presents a brand new one-man show called “Mind Myths” that demolishes preconceived notions about mentalists and the mind reading process. “Mind Myths” contains plentiful humor and audience participation, as well as astounding feats of clairvoyance.

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