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The Theater Barn Announces 2016 Season of Shows [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Yes, we have been nuts about the songs of Alan Sherman for more than half a century.

Yes, we have been nuts about the songs of Alan Sherman for more than half a century.

By Larry Murray

The Theater Barn in New Lebanon, New York has revealed its choices for its 33rd season, featuring both traditional favorites – an Agatha Christie mystery and a couple of musical chestnuts – and some unexpected fare. One of the most affordable theater experiences in the region, Theater Barn is known for casting local actors along with seasoned professionals from New York, and has blown us away with its high standards more than once. The company continues to offer reasonable ticket prices so that seniors as well as young families can afford to attend their shows.

Here’s what is coming up in 2016. We love all their choices.

Don’t Talk to the Actors

June 24–July 3
This farce has been called “A love song to the theater — laugh out-loud funny, witty and delightful!” A young playwright from Buffalo, NY is suddenly swept up in the whirlwind of New York’s theater scene when his play is optioned for Broadway. He soon finds himself hilariously in over his head dealing with egocentric actors. Don’t talk to the actors, just give them a script and let nature take its course…

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“The Tempest” Comes to Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 4th, 2016


Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, with the Office of Cultural Development, is planning its third annual free outdoor production. For the summer of 2016 the organization has selected The Tempest, Shakespeare’s tale of revenge and redemption on a magical, mysterious island. The production, sponsored by local businesses and organizations led by Berkshire Money Management, will be directed by PSP’s artistic director Enrico Spada and will star long-time Berkshire actor Glenn Barrett as the wizard Prospero.

Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest takes place on an island inhabited by spirits and monsters and two humans, cast-offs from society: a wizard and his daughter. It’s the story of the old man’s revenge… or forgiveness. Playing the role of Prospero is Glenn Barrett, a founding member of Berkshire Public Theatre who has also appeared in numerous productions with Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company and Shakespeare & Company.

The Tempest opens on July 21, following that evening’s 3rd Thursday street festival. The production will run Thursdays-Sundays at 8pm for 12 performances, ending on August 7. Admission is free. Performances take place at the First Street Common in Pittsfield, located next to the Zion Lutheran Church.

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Adirondack Theatre Festival Announces 2016 Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Carner & Gregor Cabaret

Sam Carner and Derek Gregor

The Adirondack Theatre Festival has announced its 22nd season – the second for Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz, who will again bring an entire season of major new works to ATF including two new musicals, magic cabaret and a play. After a record-breaking season of sold-out performances last year, the 2016 season will expand by one week with performances running from June 21–August 13 at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls.

Tickets: With ATF’s popular Subscription Package, season subscribers can use their tickets for any show, any time. Subscribers can use one ticket for each performance or all tickets for one performance. Ticket reservations can be changed to any performance without any exchange fees. If a subscriber is out of town for a performance, they can see another show twice or give their ticket to a friend. Subscribers also have the opportunity to reserve their favorite seats first before single tickets go on sale on April 1.

Here’s the schedule of shows for ATF’s 2016 season:

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THEATER: “Naked Influence” @ Capital Repertory Theatre

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
(photo: Douglas C. Liegib)

“Naked Influence” at Capital Repertory Theatre (photo: Douglas C. Liegib)

Review by Greg Haymes

“Sex… it’s always about power,” explains Lucy. “It’s never about love.”

And that pretty much sums up Suzanne Bradbeer’s “Naked Influence,” which is enjoying a world premiere run at the Capital Repertory Theatre in downtown Albany through Sunday, February 14. (OK, maybe it’s not exactly what you might call ideal Valentine’s Day fare…)

It’s a dramatic tale that revolves around an exotic dancer, a Congressman, a cop and a three-legged dog, although not necessarily in that order.

For theater-goers of a certain age, the mere mention of “stripper” and “Congressman” in the same sentence likely conjures up memories of the notorious 1974 sex scandal involving stripper Fanne Fox (“the Argentine Firecracker”) and Arkansas Congressman Wilbur Mills. But as ripe for drama as that escapade is, this is not that story. Not by a longshot.

In fact, the whole storyline between dancer Lucy/Red (Amanda Sykes) and Washington politico Dennis (Robert Newman, best known for his 28-year run as Joshua Lewis on “The Guiding Light”) could be jettisoned from the script. It’s no fault of Newman, but his character is written so paper-thin and one dimensional that his curtain call earned him a hearty round of boos from the opening night audience, as though he were portraying some Snidley Whiplash-like caricature.

Fortunately Lucy/Red’s relationship with each of the other characters is considerably more nuanced, intriguing and fully fleshed out by Bradbeer. There’s her disapproving sister Sammie (Capital Rep regular Brenny Rabine, who provides the perfect balance of comic relief). There’s her boss at the gentleman’s club, Angie (Yvonne Perry, another Capital Rep regular and soap opera vet). And policeman Tommy (a pitch-perfect Andy Lucien) as Lucy’s love interest.


Proctors & Capital Rep Announce New Season of Shows

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Philip Morris and Maggie Mancinelli-Cahil

Philip Morris and Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill

Story by Ed Conway and Greg Haymes
Photographs by Ed Conway

On a night befitting the political season, Proctors’ CEO Philip Morris held a caucus announcing the 2016-17 Proctors Key Private Bank Broadway Series. But what’s a caucus without a dissenting opinion? Morris was joined on stage by Capital Repertory Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill who announced the Albany theater’s KeyBank Subscription Series.

On Monday evening (February 1), the debate between the two “opposing” candidates was moderated by WTEN-TV’s John Gray and Lydia Kulbida. In front of a by-invitation-only crowd, each side presented their case using both live performances of some selections from various shows as well as video highlights of each of their positions. Judging by those in attendance, the clear winners were the Greater Nippertown theatergoers, and the evening wrapped up with both candidates coming together for a major political rally.

While primary voters were caucusing in Iowa, the Local 518’s leaders in professional theater took the stage at Proctors, each delivering their vision of the area’s theatrical future for the upcoming year, and the big reveal included a diverse array of theatrical offerings, including classic Broadway musicals, a world premiere, a Tony Award-winning drama and musical biographies of pop music icons Janis Joplin and Carole King.

The biggest announcement of the night was An American in Paris – the four-time Tony Award-winning production, which will kick off Proctors’ 2016 fall season with technical rehearsals and a week of preview performances before touring the rest of the country. The Schenectady performances will mark the first time that the production will be seen outside of Paris and New York City.

Proctors’ Key Private Bank Broadway Series and Capital Repertory Theatre’s KeyBank Subscription Series go on sale at 10am today (Tuesday, February 2).

Here’s the calendar for upcoming productions at Proctors:


“Facing Our Truth:” An Evening of One-Act Plays Inspired by Trayvon Martin [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, February 1st, 2016


Multicultural BRIDGE, WAM Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group and Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker are joining together to present a reading of Facing Our Truth, a collection of six 10-minute plays by Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Dominique Morrisseau, Mona Mansour & Tala Manassah, Dan O’Brien with Quetzal Flores and A. Rey Pamatmat. Reflecting on race relations in the United States, this collection of one-acts was inspired by events surrounding the Trayvon Martin case. Berkshire Theatre Group hosts the event at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 7:30pm on Saturday (February 6), with a moderated panel and community discussion to follow.

In 2013, the New Black Fest in New York City commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege. This commission resulted in a collection of one-acts titled Facing Our Truth, which continue to be presented around the country, often around February 5, Trayvon Martin’s birthday. The purpose of Facing Our Truth is to spark serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues.

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Shakespeare & Company Announces Six Plays for 2016 [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, January 25th, 2016
Nigel Gore and Ryan Winkles. Photo by Kevin Sprague

Nigel Gore and Ryan Winkles. Photo by Kevin Sprague

Shakespeare returns to Lenox and Shakespeare & Company for the renowned company’s 2016 summer season, in a season which also includes which includes the regional premieres of Or, by Liz Duffy Adams and Lauren Gunderson’s The Taming. Additional titles include Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino, a bracing drama fresh from an acclaimed Off-Broadway production, Sotto Voce by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz, and the return of Stephan Wolfert in Cry “Havoc!”

Shakespeare in the Round

From the works of Shakespeare, the company will do The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Twelfth Night.

The summer season will also introduce a new stage configuration in the Tina Packer Playhouse. Artistic Directors Ariel Bock and Jonathan Croy announced plans to present performances in-the-round, offering a greater intimacy between performers and audience.

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Upcoming Theater & Dance @ Williams College’s ’62 Center [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
The 62 Center comes alive with the Festival each summer at Williams College.

The ’62 Center at Williams College

By Larry Murray

There are so many good things coming up at the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance in Williamstown we want you to know about. Williams College brings some of the finest artists and cultural innovators to their campus each year, and we are fortunate to be able to see them, too. The theater they perform in is turned over to the famed Williamstown Theatre Festival in the summer. Plenty of parking in the back.

Tonight (Friday, January 22) | 8pm | $10/ $3 (students)

The iconic Ronald K. Brown, the first Mellon Fellow in Choreography at Williams, brings a program that will include “The Subtle One,” Brown’s extraordinary new collaboration with the renowned jazz pianist Jason Moran. “The Subtle One” dances through the mystic and inspirational relationship between spiritual beings and the society they inhabit. In Arabic, “Al-Lateef” or “The Subtle One” means “the one who whispers things into existence.” The dancers and the music affect each other with this softness. Performers move as “subtle ones,” affecting one another and the audience as they perceive the world. Evidence was founded by choreographer Ronald K. Brown in 1985. The company’s spiritually infused work provides a unique view of human experience through danced journeys of identity and community.

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