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Home Body Headlines Valentines Dance Party @ Shire City Sanctuary [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

The Shire City Sanctuary – formerly the Notre Dame church in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District – comes alive with electronic music duo Home Body and DJ BFG for the Fantastic February Frolic, an alternative dance party at 8pm on Saturday (February 13).

Part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, the Fantastic February Frolic will be the acclaimed electronica duo’s Pittsfield debut. Home Body brings a fresh tangibility to electronic-based music, creating songs that are wildly original. Their sound has been described as new-wavy-electronic-a’pop’calyptic-shimmer-core that’s down to earth, vivid and visceral. An expert synthesist, Eric Hnatow uses old-school Korg synthesizers, drum machines, and note sequencers to build dark glitzy pop songs full of drive and surprise. Haley Morgan’s vocals are beautiful, bold and uninhibited, exhibiting playful raw soul. Magnetic live, their animated performances include exuberant dancing and dramatic manual light manipulation, resulting in an eccentric spectacle which amplifies their music.

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Pittsfield’s 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival Kicks Off on Thursday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

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Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District has a sure cure for cabin fever this February; the fifth annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival featuring a lively array of music, art, theater, dance, comedy, film, play, a bonfire and fireworks and more from from February 11-21, in the hub of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

Organized by Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development and Barrington Stage Company, the festival features 64 performances highlighting dozens of artists, actors, musicians, playwrights and performers. The 10×10 festival kicks off on Thursday (February 11) with the IS183 Art School’s Learning Through the Arts Showcase and the first preview night of Barrington Stage’s 10×10 New Play Festival.

“Now in its fifth year, the 10×10 Upstreet Festival continues to put a spotlight on the range of talents our city has to offer,” Mayor Linda Tyer stated. “The 2016 line-up is filled with theater, dance, poetry and music. There’s truly something for everyone, so please be sure to come out and enjoy the amazing creativity on display.” New participants and venues in this year’s festival include Dottie’s Coffee Lounge; Hotel on North; Sohn Fine Art Gallery; the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market; the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires and the WordXWord Rockwell Project.

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Announces 2016 Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
Alfred Molina, Michael Stuhlbarg and Marisa Tomei

Alfred Molina, Michael Stuhlbarg and Marisa Tomei

Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield has announced the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2016 summer season, the 62nd season for the Tony Award-winning theater company.

The season – running from June 28–August 21 – begins on the Main Stage with a production of Tennessee Williams’ Tony Award-winning play The Rose Tattoo (June 28–July 17) directed by Obie Award winner Trip Cullman and featuring Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei; continues with the world premiere of Boo Killebrew’s comedy Romance Novels For Dummies (July 20–31), directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel; and closes with the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter (August 3–21), directed by Evan Cabnet.

The Nikos Stage season kicks off June 29 with the world premiere of Martyna Majok’s play Cost of Living (June 29–July 10), directed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney; and also includes the world premiere sci-fi comedy-thriller The Chinese Room (July 13–23) by Michael West, directed by Obie Award winner James Macdonald, and starring Golden Globe and Tony nominee Michael Stuhlbarg; the world premiere musical Poster Boy (July 28–August 7) with music and lyrics by Tony-nominated Craig Carnelia and book by Joe Tracz, movement by Danny Mefford and direction by Olivier nominee Stafford Arima; and closes out the summer with the American premiere of And No More Shall We Part (August 10-21), by Tom Holloway, directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman and featuring Tony and Emmy nominee Alfred Molina and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Jane Kaczmarek.

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Big Dance Theater Re-Invents the Museum Experience @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, February 8th, 2016
Big Dance Theater

Big Dance Theater

By Larry Murray

Granted, it’s only a work-in-progress taking place for three days, but it is clearly a fresh and new approach to enjoying a museum. You may want to try out this new performance-based museum audio/docent tour created by Here Lies Love choreographer Annie-B Parson and creative partner Paul Lazar. This interactive event deliberately changes how we experience a museum — by disrupting, confusing and ultimately reconsidering the ways we see art. Big Dance Theater calls it This Page Left Intentionally Blank and has scheduled six only-at-MASS-MoCA engagements in North Adams to take place at 12noon & 3pm on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday (February 10, 12 & 13). Ticket details at bottom of article.

My advice: with only a very limited number of tickets I suggest it might be smart to book your place early. This event is going to be fascinating.

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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

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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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FREE: Clark Art Institute’s “Word Up Family Day” on Sunday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Harris MacDonald will tell his story as an artist and the evolution of his musical style which incorporates rap, blues and dark pop.

Harris MacDonald will tell his story as an artist and the evolution of his musical style which incorporates hip-hop, blues and dark pop.

Unconventional, innovative storytelling — whether verbal, visual, digital or musical — is the theme of “Word Up Family Day” at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown from 1-4pm on Sunday (February 7). All activities are free. And as part of the Clark’s First Sunday Free program, admission to the galleries is free all day as well.

“Word Up Family Day” is a celebration of the artists’ books in the exhibition An Eye for Excellence: Twenty Years of Collecting, explained Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer, director of adult, school and community programs at the Clark. “The library has an incredible collection of these rare works, and it’s exciting to see such unusual, contemporary work in the main galleries,” she said.

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