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Shakespeare & Co.’s Winter Studio Festival of Plays [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Shakespeare & Company presents its Winter Studio Festival of Plays on Saturday & Sunday (January 14 & 15). This weekend of staged readings will showcase a diverse array of playwrights and feature both emerging and established actors. All performances will take place in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre on the Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox.

“We are thrilled to be able to produce readings of both new plays and enduring classics,” said Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. “Sharing the powerful language of these influential writers in the off-season is important to keep the home fires burning. The Studio Festival gives actors and audiences an opportunity to connect and engage more intimately while exploring these provocative scripts.”

The Winter Studio Festival titles include St. Petersburg: 1913 by local playwright (and former UAlbany theater professor) Robert Sugarman; Susan Smith Blackburn Award Winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl; OBIE Award winning dark comedy, Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard; Beyond the Veil by Berkshire native Emily Devoti; and Anton Chekhov’s classic The Cherry Orchard. Each reading will be followed by a post-show discussion.

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Sunday, December 25th, 2016

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Holiday Happenings Around the Berkshires [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, December 16th, 2016
The 1753 House in Williamstown, MA.

The 1753 House in Williamstown, MA.

Christmas will be here in just over a week, and in the Berkshire area that means many different kinds of seasonal performances taking place.

Berkshire Theatre Group’s “A Christmas Carol” at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield

At the Colonial Theatre, A Christmas Carol continues until Thursday (December 22). Here you can revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits.

“A Christmas Carol” in Chatham and Hudson

A Christmas Carol is also being performed in Chatham by the Walking the dog Theater at 7pm on Monday (December 19). Performed by David Anderson, and directed by Ted Pugh, the performance takes place at Camphill Ghent’s Culture Hall located at 2542 Rt. 66, Chatham. Admission is $15.

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This Week: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” @ Shakespeare & Co. [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Jennie M. Jadow, Ryan Winkles and Sarah Taylor in It’s A Wonderful Life (photo:  Enrico Spada)

Jennie M. Jadow, Ryan Winkles and Sarah Taylor in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (photo: Enrico Spada)

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox brings back the popular show It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, a beloved holiday classic adapted from the original 1946 film. Directed by Jenna Ware and featuring Company actors Jonathan Croy, Jennie M. Jadow, David Joseph, Sarah Jeanette Taylor and Ryan Winkles, the production runs from Wednesday-Sunday (December 15-18) in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre.

Adapted by Joe Landry from the original screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Joe Swerling, the play is set in a radio studio on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1946, when five radio personalities are live, on-air, retelling the story of George Bailey, who goes on an “other-worldly” journey with “angel, second class” Clarence at his side to show him what the world would’ve been like if he had never been born. The play is presented with live sound effects and rapid character changes from all the actors who also perform radio jingles, and popular holiday and Christmas songs reminiscent of the time.

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“A Christmas Carol” Comes to the Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, December 9th, 2016

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Berkshire Theatre Group has announced the 11th annual community production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Eric Hill and directed by Travis G. Daly, and presented for the sixth time at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. The production runs from Saturday (December 10) through Thursday, December 22.

Kate Maguire, BTG’s Artistic Director/CEO, says, “It is our pleasure to present this timeless story of redemption. You can be sure that the spirits arriving on stage will lift you towards the New Year.”

Celebrate the timeless holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol with the whole family, and revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols and the wonderment of the season.

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THEATER: Sundance Institute’s “Club Diamond” Comes to MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
From Sundance Theatre Institute, Club DIamond gets previewed at MASS MoCA on December 9.

From Sundance Theatre Institute, “Club Diamond” gets previewed at MASS MoCA on Friday.

It is not an idle boast to say that the Sundance Institute’s renowned theater program has developed Broadway and Off Broadway hits by the bushel. After all, over the years its annual lab at MASS MoCA in North Adams has gathered top-tier dramatic artists for writing workshops and work-in-progress performances. The quality of the work is often exceptional and cutting edge, which – when combined with the feeling of ink still wet – makes for a riveting night of theatrical innovation.

With Club Diamond, you can witness the latest theater-in-the-making with a Japanese twist in MASS MoCA’s Club B10 at 8pm on Friday (December 9).

Sundance Institute Theatre Lab returns to MASS MoCA with a presentation of Club Diamond, one of four projects it supports with its two-week artistic residency in North Adams. Created and written by Saori Tsukada and Nikki Appino, the play paints the story of a young woman traveling alone from Tokyo to New York City in search of fame. Drawing from Tsukada’s background in Japanese storytelling and Appino’s experience with American film, Club Diamond unfolds with a cross-cultural blend of media and storytelling techniques, rendering a single narrative through the use of silent film, illustration and live animation. The production is paired to Tim Fain’s delicate violin composition.

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Truman Capote’s “Holiday Memories” Comes to Bridge Street Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

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Two perennial holiday stories by Truman Capote, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory,” come to vivid theatrical life this month when Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre presents Russell Vandenbroucke’s heartwarming stage adaptation Holiday Memories for eight performances – Thursdays through Sundays, December 8-18 – as their final show of 2016.

When his parents’ marriage dissolved, the young Truman Capote was left in the care of distant relatives in Monroeville, Alabama (which also served as the model for Maycomb in his childhood friend Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird). There, he formed an unbreakable friendship with the youngest of his elderly cousins, a shy, childlike spinster he called Sook. The relationship between these two ‘outcasts’ forms the basis for the stories which make up Holiday Memories, a chronicle of growing up ‘different’ in the deep South during the depths of the Great Depression and an ode to the simple joys of love shared. A holiday treat the entire family can enjoy together, the play is a terrific alternative to more traditional seasonal fare.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Camelot” @ theREP, 11/29/16

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Leenya Rideout as Guineviere, Oliver Thornton as Lancelot, and Kevin McGuire as King Arthur (photo: Douglas C. Liebig)

Leenya Rideout as Guenevere, Oliver Thornton as Lancelot, and Kevin McGuire as King Arthur

Review by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Douglas C. Liebig

“Don’t let it be forgot
That once there was a spot
For one brief shining moment
That was known as Camelot…”

For baby boomers, it’s nearly impossibly to separate the beloved Lerner & Lowe musical from the ground-breaking ’60s era of President John F. Kennedy, politically speaking the most hopeful time of the late 20th century.

But in the shadow of the most recent presidential election, it would seem that “Camelot” and its musical tale of King Arthur’s revolutionary concept of justice is not much more than a painful reminder of what could have been. A magical, almost mystical land like “Brigadoon,” speaking in Broadway terms…

Currently on the boards at theREP in downtown Albany, director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill’s hand guides “Camelot” through its paces with some intriguing twists and turns – most notably casting the actors as musicians. Or was it the musicians as actors? Either way, it was brilliant, and the precise choreography required to pull it off was nearly seamless. Kudos also must go to musical director Josh D. Smith.

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