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THEATER REVIEW: “Fiorello!” @ Berkshire Theatre Group [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Chelsea Groen and Dan Cassin in Fiorello (photo: Emma Rothenberg-Ware)

Chelsea Groen and Dan Cassin in “Fiorello!” (photo: Emma Rothenberg-Ware)

Theater review by Larry Murray

Back in 1959, Fiorello! was the hit show that scooped up a Pulitzer Prize for best drama, and tied with the The Sound of Music for the Tony as best musical, leaving Gypsy in the dust. Tom Bosley, as Fiorello LaGuardia, won best actor.

As delivered by a youthful cast, Fiorello! moves right along with a breezy score by Jerry Bock, clever lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and this is a good thing because the weak link is a thin, choppy book which has undergone various revisions over the years. The program credits Jerome Weidman and George Abbott for the version currently on stage at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. It seems close (if not identical) to the original, which I saw some 56 years ago. Memories fade, though I remember how much I enjoyed songs like “Politics and Poker,” “Little Tin Box” and “Till Tomorrow.”

The cast of Fiorello! is uniformly excellent, a parade of characters and caricatures that easily delight today’s audiences just as they did those a half century ago. Who doesn’t love to watch love blossom on stage between a policeman – a sturdy Dan Cassin – and the radical striker, Dora (Chelsea Groen).

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“The unCivil War”: A Bluegrass Musical Comedy, Cabaret Style [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, June 24th, 2016
The cabaret show features J. Robert Spencer as Lincoln and Brian Charles Rooney as Mary Todd

The cabaret show features J. Robert Spencer as Lincoln and Brian Charles Rooney as Mary Todd

At the Wood Theater in Glens Falls, the Adirondack Theatre Festival’s 22nd summer season continues this weekend with its cabaret series featuring the return of The unCivil War in a special concert performance. This special event will feature an updated script and score, with changes made based on reactions of ATF audiences from last summer’s performance, complete with multiple new songs and scenes. The concert performances will be held at 7:30pm on Sunday and Monday (June 26 & 27).

150 years after the final gunshot, the Civil War’s six lone survivors grab their banjos, washboards and what’s left of their sanity to retell the story of the infamous conflict…as it really happened. Complete with singing, dancing, outrageous humor and biting historical satire, The unCivil War is a wild, bluegrass-fueled ride that re-examines one of the country’s darkest moments and sheds a hilarious new light on the leaders we’ve long considered heroes.

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Kicks Off 2016 @ Jacob’s Pillow [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Craig Black and Emily Proctor of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (photo: Rosalie O’Connor)

Craig Black and Emily Proctor of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (photo: Rosalie O’Connor)

Jacob’s Pillow in Becket launches its 84th annual season today (June 22) with the exciting contemporary dance company Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presenting a diverse program in the Ted Shawn Theatre through Sunday (June 26).

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is dually-based in New Mexico and Colorado and led by Artistic Director Tom Mossbrucker and Executive Director Jean-Philippe Malaty. Exhibiting masterful technique and powerful performances, the company brings stirring works by a roster of esteemed choreographers including Alejandro Cerrudo’s Silent Ghost, Fernando Melo’s Re:play and Cayetano Soto’s Huma Rojo.

“I am thrilled to welcome Aspen Santa Fe Ballet back to the Pillow, where they are so beloved by our audiences,” says Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge. “The breadth and diversity of the program promises something for everyone and a fabulous opening week for Festival 2016.”

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ArtBeat: Daniel Brody’s Films & More @ the BerkshireNow Gallery [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
Daniel Brody’s abstract works explode and blossom with biomorphic shapes.

Daniel Brody’s abstract works explode and blossom with biomorphic shapes.

The BerkshireNow Gallery at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield features the work of award-winning filmmaker and artist Daniel Brody through Sunday, August 21.

The centerpiece of Brody’s exhibition is the nine-minute looping video, “Game On/Game Over.” The video piece is a playful but thought-provoking mash-up of animation and live action: A hooded figure walks in the winter woods, a cartoon character pops out of a hole and dances to the sounds of opera and creaking trees, a room floats over snowy fields and sinks into black waters. The video is both comical and foreboding. The meaning is left up to the viewer. Complementing the video is a collection of recent abstract drawings and paintings which share a similar playful and nervous energy.

“Game On/Game Over” won the juror’s award at the 2015 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region held at the University Art Museum at UAlbany. His films have won awards at the Ann Arbor 8mm Film Festival, the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Super 8, the Belgium Film Festival, the Spacebound Film Festival, the National Young Filmmakers Festival and the WNET NYC Young Filmmakers festival.

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ArtBeat: Olivier Meslay Named Director of Clark Art Institute [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Olivier Meslay

Olivier Meslay

The Board of Trustees of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown has selected Olivier Meslay to serve as its Dena and Felda Hardymon Director. Meslay, an accomplished museum professional and noted scholar, will become the Clark’s fifth director when he assumes his new role on August 22. He currently serves as associate director of curatorial affairs, senior curator of European and American art, and the Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, and brings more than 35 years of international experience to his role. Meslay was unanimously elected to the position during a special session of the Clark’s board.

“We are thrilled to welcome Olivier Meslay as our new director,” said Andreas Halvorsen, chairman of the Institute’s Board of Trustees. “Olivier’s vision, international experience, and exceptional academic and curatorial qualifications match the Clark’s ambitious aspirations. He comes to the Clark with a deep appreciation for our academic mission, an expert understanding of our museum program, and an energetic perspective on ways to enhance our dual mission and extend the Clark’s reach and impact.”

Since assuming his current position in 2012, Meslay has overseen the Dallas Museum of Art’s European and American art collection of more than 4,000 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, and has managed the museum’s curatorial department, conservation program, and art research library. He has also served as the DMA’s curatorial representative with the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME), a collaborative organization of 30 American and French museums. Meslay served as the DMA’s interim director from 2011–2012, managing a staff of 250 employees, directing an extensive fundraising program, and coordinating donor relations that have provided continuing support for the museum. He joined the DMA staff in 2009 after a distinguished career at the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

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THEATER: Lindsey Ferrentino’s “Ugly Lies the Bone” Comes to Shakespeare & Company [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Ugly Lies the Bone, written by Lindsey Ferrentino (above), is being directed by Daniela Varon.

“Ugly Lies the Bone,” written by Lindsey Ferrentino (above), is being directed by Daniela Varon.

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox continues to roll out its 39th performance season with the regional premiere of the Woodward and Newman Award-winning play, Ugly Lies the Bone, written by Lindsey Ferrentino and directed by Daniela Varon. This insightful, emotional and timely drama joins the Bernstein Theatre repertory on Thursday (June 16) and runs through Sunday, August 28.

Combat veteran Jess comes home to Florida after three tours in Afghanistan bearing deep physical and emotional scars. An innovative, experimental video game therapy offers an escape from her excruciating pain, but can virtual reality help Jess come to terms with the altered reality of her hometown, relationships and dreams?

“I fell in love with this play the first time I read it,” says director Daniela Varon. “The playwright’s thematic landscape encompasses so many timely subjects – such as the changing role of women in the military, how we see or don’t see our veterans, and how we care for our elderly. Among things that are especially difficult to comprehend if one hasn’t experienced them firsthand are combat on the battlefield, and constant, intractable physical pain. This play asks its audiences to imagine both. Jess, our protagonist, is referred to as a war hero, but her hero’s journey only begins at war. The longer journey is in coming home — to her community, her family, and her body.”

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Tanglewood Becomes Dollywood on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

dolly

Legendary country music star Dolly Parton makes her Tanglewood debut with a season-opening performance at 7pm on Friday (June 17) in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. The most honored female country performer of all time, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of music entertainment, penning classic songs such as “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors” and her mega-hit “I Will Always Love You,” garnering seven Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards and so much more.

Tickets have been on sale for some time, and as of this report, there are still lawn tickets available at $32 (plus service charge). But for the shed, only obstructed view seats are still available. So if you want to attend, and secure full view seats, you are at the mercy of the scalpers, and will pay dearly for having delayed ordering until now. To see what Tanglewood has left, go to: www.bso.org.

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THEATER: “Fiorello!” Celebrates NYC Mayor LaGuardia [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, June 13th, 2016

fiorello

Kate Maguire, Artistic Director of Berkshire Theatre Group, is excited about the young cast of the classic musical Fiorello!, opening this week at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Directed by Playwrights Horizons founder Bob Moss, Fiorello! will run from Wednesday (June 15) through Saturday, July 23. “I’m thrilled that we’re starting the season with this delightful, Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical, created by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, who currently have two hit shows on Broadway, She Loves Me and Fiddler on the Roof.”

Moss adds, “Mayor LaGuardia was long gone by the time I moved to New York, so I never lived under his tenure in City Hall. But the ‘Little Flower,’ as he was called, lives on in memory. The music is toe-tapping, the characters are richly drawn and a story about good guys is desperately needed in today’s jaded and vitriolic politics. It’s great to be reminded, as the music lifts us aloft, that good can triumph over selfishness.”

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