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THEATER: Hubbard Hall & Cambridge Central Present “Fiddler on the Roof” [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
The cast of "Fiddler on the Roof"

The cast of “Fiddler on the Roof”

Hubbard Hall, in partnership with Cambridge Central School, presents the award-winning musical Fiddler on the Roof on the Hubbard Hall Main Stage. The production will whisk you away to the small village of Anatevka where Tevye, Golde and their five daughters struggle to preserve tradition and cultural identity while trying to find their own place in a rapidly changing world. Written by Joseph Stein with the music of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick – including “Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “To Life” and “Sunrise, Sunset” – the musical theater classic is directed and choreographed by Kyra Fitzgerald. The production opens on Friday (March 24) and runs through Sunday, April 2.

“This is the first year the CCS Drama Club is officially in residence at Hubbard Hall, and we’re thrilled,” says Hubbard Hall Executive & Artistic Director David Snider. “Having dozens of these teens fill the Hall each afternoon with their energy, music and talent is a great addition to the life of the Hall, and the Hall space better supports and features the work of these amazing students. We hope everyone in the community will come out to cheer and revel in their great work.”

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THEATER REVIEW: “The Whale” @ the Whitney Center for the Arts [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
The cast of “The Whale:” Nancy Schaffer (Mary), Sam Therrien (Ellie), Dane Shiner (Elder Thomas), Mark “Monk” Schane-Lydon (Charlie), Meaghan Rogers (Liz) and director Jackie DiGiorgis (photo: John Kickery/Kickery Kreative Photography)

The cast of “The Whale:” Nancy Schaffer (Mary), Sam Therrien (Ellie), Dane Shiner (Elder Thomas), Mark “Monk” Schane-Lydon (Charlie), Meaghan Rogers (Liz) and director Jackie DiGiorgis (photo: John Kickery/Kickery Kreative Photography)

Review by Barbara Waldinger

According to playwright Samuel D. Hunter, his award-winning play, The Whale – currently on stage at Pittsfield’s Whitney Center for the Arts – was conceived while he was teaching a course in expository writing to freshmen at Rutgers University. What he learned was that in order to teach students how to write a good essay, he had to teach them not only to think independently but to have empathy. Throughout the play, Charlie, his main character, recites a seemingly short, simple essay about “Moby Dick” that demonstrates these qualities.

Like Hunter, Charlie teaches writing, hoping to find moments of “naked sincerity” in his students’ work. A morbidly obese man bent on eating himself to death, Charlie seeks a connection with his teenage daughter, whom he hasn’t seen since she was a young child. Having left his family to live with his partner Alan, a Mormon and former student who has since passed away, Charlie begs and bribes his daughter to spend time with him. Rounding out the cast is Liz, Alan’s sister, a nurse who cares for Charlie, Elder Thomas, a young Mormon who claims to have been sent on a mission to northern Idaho, where the play takes place, and Mary, Charlie’s former wife.

The visits of each of these characters to Charlie’s home comprise the structure of the play. What do they each want of Charlie? What does he want from them? Why does he choose to end his life? How do they try to stop him? We explore these questions and many more in a play that, despite its premise, offers hope and empathy.

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Circle Theatre Players Present “Wait Until Dark” [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 20th, 2017

In a basement apartment in Greenwich Village, Suzy, a recently blinded woman, is terrorized by a trio of thugs looking for a drug-stuffed doll they think is in the apartment. Will she see through the conmen’s bizarre charade? As the suspense mounts moment to moment, come see the electrifying conclusion to the tense thriller, Wait Until Dark.

Directed by Val Gray and produced by Shirley Neiss, the Circle Theatre Players production opens on Friday (March 24) and continues March 25, 30, 31 and April 1 at 8pm; March 26 and April 2 at 2:30pm. Tickets $18; adults; $10 under age 18. Prepaid reservations can be made at www.slca-ctp.org or call (518) 674-2007. The Sand Lake Center for the Arts is located at 2880 NY Route 43, Averill Park, NY, and is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking. Wait Until Dark is written by Frederick Knott, presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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“Doubt” Opens at Schenectady Civic Players on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Meigg Jupin as Sister James and Ben Katagiri as Father Flynn in “DOUBT, A Parable” at Schenectady Civic Players.

Meigg Jupin as Sister James and Ben Katagiri as Father Flynn in “DOUBT, A Parable” at Schenectady Civic Players

Award winning Doubt, A Parable, by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Tom Templeton, opens Friday (March 17) and runs through Sunday, March 26 at Schenectady Civic Players, 12 South Church Street in Schenectady’s historic Stockade district.

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

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“Mothers & Sons” Opens at the Ghent Playhouse on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Wendy Power Spielmann and Ely Loskowitz in Terrence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons” at the Ghent Playhouse. Photo: Cindy Smith.

Wendy Power Spielmann and Ely Loskowitz in Terrence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons” at the Ghent Playhouse (photo: Cindy Smith)

The Ghent Playhouse presents the regional premier of Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons – a timely and touching contemporary play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family.

Mothers and Sons opens on Friday (March 17) and runs through Sunday, April 2 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.

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RIP: The Passing of Larry Murray [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Larry Muray

Larry Murray

By Gail M. Burns

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of Larry Murray, founder of BerkshireOnStage.com. Larry passed away quietly early on Friday, March 10, following a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his two sisters, nephews, nieces and innumerable friends. His obituary and further updates will be posted as they become available.

Charles Guiliano has posted a lovely remembrance of Larry, with links to many interviews he conducted over the years, on his Web site Berkshire Fine Arts. A recommended read!

It was Larry’s wish that I, Gail M. Burns, take over and continue this site, and in fact he passed the reins to me about a month ago. I am committed to keeping BerkshireOnStage.com the premiere source for information on theatre in the Berkshire/NT Capital District/SW Vermont region.

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THEATER REVIEW: “The Book Club Play” @ Hubbard Hall [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 6th, 2017
The relationships between Ana (Megan Demarest), her husband Rob (Wade Simpson) and their old college friend Will (Oliver Wadsworth) form the heart of “The Book Club Play.”

The relationships between Ana (Megan Demarest), her husband Rob (Wade Simpson) and their old college friend Will (Oliver Wadsworth) form the heart of “The Book Club Play.”

Review by Gail M. Burns

I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of my winter down-time reading. Books – tangible, virtual and audio – provide satisfying and very inexpensive entertainment. Sharing them with friends is an added joy and having an excuse to gather together for food and friendship makes belonging to book clubs a popular pastime.

Of course, such gathering are not just about books, they also reflect the character and social milieu of the participants. Confined as they often are to a single setting with a relatively small cast of characters, it is not surprising that a playwright took her own personal Book Club experience and translated it to the stage.

The Book Club Play had its world premiere in 2008 at the Berkshire Theatre Group. Since then it has gone on to become playwright Karen Zacarías’ most produced work. Through Zacarías’ working relationship and friendship with Hubbard Hall’s Artistic Director David Snider, it has found its way to the Freight Depot Theatre at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge as a delightful winter time treat.

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“Watering the Flowers” Film Series Continues @ EMPAC at RPI [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Tonight (Wednesday, March 1) EMPAC at RPI in Troy kicks off the second half of the Watering the Flowers film series, which will feature the work of EMPAC artists-in-residence throughout the Spring 2017 season.

Started in Fall 2016, Watering the Flowers takes its title from cinema pioneer Georges Méliès’ 1896 film of the same name, which was itself a copy of a Lumiere brothers film and was in turn endlessly copied and referenced by fellow filmmakers. In a similar way, this film series aims to “water the flowers” by allowing current artists-in-residence to screen the films that influence them.

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