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RIP: Leonard Nimoy, Beloved Actor, Artist & Celebrity Who Lived Long and Prospered [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Leonard Nimoy

By Larry Murray

Photographer Leonard Nimoy, whose exhibition “Secret Selves” was on display in 2010-11 at MASS MoCA in North Adams has died. He was 83. His most indelible role was as Mr. Spock, the totally logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek.” He also recreated the life of Vincent van Gogh writing the play “Vincent,” seen in these parts with Jim Briggs in the dual roles of the Theo and Vincent van Gogh (review).

Nimoy – who announced that he had the disease COPD last year – attributed it to years of smoking. Even though it was a habit he had given up three decades earlier, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed that the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week. He died on Friday morning (February 27) at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles.

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Albany’s Confetti Stage Kicks off New Year with “Waiting for Godot” [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Waiting for Godot features Patrick White and Stephen Henel as Didi and Gogo.

“Waiting for Godot” features Patrick White and Stephen Henel as Didi and Gogo.

Preview by Larry Murray

It’s been worth the wait, for ever since Confetti Stage, Inc. announced they were planning their own production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, we’ve been waiting, too, for all the details. It’s one of our favorite plays, and besides, it’s been a decade since they began, staging their inaugural production, ‘night, Mother, by Marsha Norman in January, 2005. Since then, the company has successfully brought to the stage over 40 productions, performing in several Capital Region communities.

The snarks say it’s a two-act play in which absolutely nothing happens.

Twice.

But that misses the point. Others say it is about waiting to die, “They’re actually waiting for God, can’t you see that in the title?”

Perhaps.

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FREE: Fresh Food Film Festival @ Images in Williamstown This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Fresh Food Film Festival

By Larry Murray

In a wonderful collaboration with the Williams College Office of Sustainable Food and Agriculture, the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College, Storey Publishing and Wild Oats Market, Images Cinema in Williamstown presents Fresh Fest: A Food and Farm Film Festival from Friday-Sunday (February 27-March 1). Admission is free. Donations to benefit Images Cinema will be accepted.

“MUSSELS IN LOVE”
Friday (February 27), 5pm
Documentary; In Dutch with English subtitles; 1 hour 23 minutes
The Belgians and French look forward to it with bated breath: the start of the mussel season in the Dutch province of Zeeland. But how does this shellfish end up on our plates? And why do we love them so? “Mussels in Love” (original title “L’AMour des Moules”) is a feature-length documentary that reveals the life of the Zeeland mussel in an intimate, humorous way, with playful music and fascinating close-ups that turn the shell-fish into abstract art.

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Playing with Perception @ EMPAC: Lucy Raven Premieres 3-D “Tales of Love and Fear” [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Tales of Love and Fear, a 3D experiment at EMPAC at RPI in Troy, NY

“Tales of Love and Fear,” a 3D experiment at EMPAC at RPI in Troy

By Larry Murray

While it’s tempting to think of 3D image technology as a new frontier in contemporary cinema, artists have been playing with the perception of spatial depth in photography as far back as the mid 19th century. The early stereogram assigned a 2D image to each eye, simulating the effect of binocular vision when viewed in tandem. Artist Lucy Raven takes a similar approach to filmmaking for Tales of Love and Fear, which will premieres at EMPAC at RPI in Troy at 8pm on Friday (February 27).

The culmination of several years of research, Tales of Love and Fear is a site-specific artwork for EMPAC’s Concert Hall. A regular artist-in-residence since fall 2013, Raven has focused her research on the history and evolution of 3D-film technologies and animation techniques, investigating the fluid cultural perception of spatial depth though an art-historical lens.

Developed in collaboration with the EMPAC production team, Tales of Love and Fear is comprised of a custom-built rig of counter-rotating platforms. A single stereoscopic photograph, taken by the artist during her research in India, is split by the two projectors into the left and right eye perspective. Conceived as a cinema for a single image, this piece expands and unifies our perception of the cinematic beyond the screen.

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Images from the 10×10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Company [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Zach Wymore and Christina Norris (photo: David Fertik)

Zach Wymore and Christina Norris (photo: David Fertik)

By Larry Murray

Ten minutes plays are a snappy way to tell a short story with wham-bang endings.

Directed by Julianne Boyd and Stephanie Yankwitt. Featuring Matt Neely, Christina Norris, Jessie Shelton, Peggy Pharr Wilson, Zach Wymore and Robert Zukerman.

At Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, every 10 minutes, a new play begins!

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From India via Paris: “Akasha” by Shantala Shivalingappa @ ’62 Center in W’town [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Shantala Shivalingapa in performance. (photo:  Christopher.Duggan)

Shantala Shivalingapa in performance. (photo: Christopher.Duggan)

By Larry Murray

Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance presents Akasha by Shantala Shivalingappa. Akasha features the choreography of Shantala Shivalingappa and Vempati Ravi Shankar (son of Shivalingappa’s Kuchipudi guru Vempati Chinna Satyam) in a program of five Kuchipudi solos, each performed by Shivalingappa and accompanied by live singing, flute and percussion. In Sanskrit, Akasha means “sky” or “space” and is regarded as the source of life. Each work in Akasha is inspired by a traditional Hindu poem. There will be one performance only on Wednesday (February 25) at 8pm on the ’62 Center’s MainStage in Williamstown. Tickets are $10; $3 students.

Born in Madras, India, and brought up in Paris, Shantala is the child of east and west. Deeply moved and inspired by Master Vempati Chinna Satyam’s pure and graceful style, Shantala dedicated herself to Kuchipudi, and received an intense and rigorous training from her master.

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Creeps, Deceits and Delusions Collide in Molière’s “Tartuffe” at Hubbard Hall [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 20th, 2015
Don’t let the talk of high morals fool you, as with so many supposedly religious men, this is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Don’t let the talk of high morals fool you, as with so many supposedly religious men, this is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

From Cambridge comes news that the Hubbard Hall Theater Company is staging one of Moliere’s best known and loved comedies, Tartuffe. It is being directed by John Hadden, and will run weekends beginning tonight (February 20) through Sunday, March 15. It’s an oldie but goodie, a satiric masterpiece that is full of laughs, insights and naughty plot twists.

Tartuffe is a scoundrel who can don any pose and become a master of it. Professing extreme piety, he is taken into the household of Orgon, a wealthy man. Under the guise of ministering to the family’s spiritual and moral needs, he almost destroys Orgon’s family. Hypocrisy gone wild. Religious posturing, deceit. Legal entanglements. Wonderful absurdity.

Considered quite scandalous when first produced in 1664, Tartuffe is now is one of the most famous theatrical comedies by Molière. The characters of Tartuffe, Elmire and Orgon are considered among the greatest classical theater roles. In response to criticism of the time, Moliere responded, “The comic is the outward and visible form that nature’s bounty has attached to everything unreasonable, so that we should see, and avoid, it. To know the comic we must know the rational, of which it denotes the absence and we must see wherein the rational consists . . . incongruity is the heart of the comic.”

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A Blizzard of Burlesque: Gypsy Layne Cabaret Arrives for Pittsfield’s 10×10 Festival [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

10 shades of Gypsy Layne

By Larry Murray

Everyone who reads Berkshire on Stage knows by now my personal delight in the naughty but innocent burlesque company, Gypsy Layne. One reason is that they keep reinventing themselves, and have innovated the addition of men doing well what women do best. So here’s another variation on their show, due in Pittsfield for two nights only – Friday & Saturday (February 20 & 21) at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield – as part of the 10×10 Festival. (Event Schedule) Mark my words, the first winter thaw will arrive with this company. You better believe the heat they will generate will melt not only the nearby snow, but your inhibitions as well.

So how do we describe this naughty performance company? For that, let’s defer to their own words:

Sizzling. Sultry. Cool. Playful. Outrageous…and that’s just half of it. What’s your favorite shade of Gypsy Layne? The Berkshire’s first homegrown burlesque and cabaret troupe colors you wild this February with their latest extravaganza, “10 Shades of Gypsy Layne,” part of Pittsfield’s 10×10 Festival. The acts are eclectic as the Gypsies themselves, and electrifying. Two nights, 10 shades, endless possibilities.

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