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Upcoming Theater & Dance @ Williams College’s ’62 Center [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
The 62 Center comes alive with the Festival each summer at Williams College.

The ’62 Center at Williams College

By Larry Murray

There are so many good things coming up at the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance in Williamstown we want you to know about. Williams College brings some of the finest artists and cultural innovators to their campus each year, and we are fortunate to be able to see them, too. The theater they perform in is turned over to the famed Williamstown Theatre Festival in the summer. Plenty of parking in the back.

RONALD K. BROWN & EVIDENCE DANCE COMPANY: “THE SUBTLE ONE”
Tonight (Friday, January 22) | 8pm | $10/ $3 (students)

The iconic Ronald K. Brown, the first Mellon Fellow in Choreography at Williams, brings a program that will include “The Subtle One,” Brown’s extraordinary new collaboration with the renowned jazz pianist Jason Moran. “The Subtle One” dances through the mystic and inspirational relationship between spiritual beings and the society they inhabit. In Arabic, “Al-Lateef” or “The Subtle One” means “the one who whispers things into existence.” The dancers and the music affect each other with this softness. Performers move as “subtle ones,” affecting one another and the audience as they perceive the world. Evidence was founded by choreographer Ronald K. Brown in 1985. The company’s spiritually infused work provides a unique view of human experience through danced journeys of identity and community.

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THEATER: Ghent Playhouse Becomes an Irish Pub for “The Weir” [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, January 21st, 2016
Monica Brady, Donald Dolan & John Wallace in The Weit. Rehearsal photos by Dan Region.

Monica Brady, Donald Dolan & John Wallace in “The Weir” (Rehearsal photos by Dan Region)

The award-winning play, The Weir, by playwright Conor McPherson, will mark its regional premier when it opens at the Ghent Playhouse in Ghent on Friay (January 22) and runs through Sunday, February 7. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm; Sunday matinee performances at 2pm. The production will be directed by Aaron Holbritter.

The drama, set in a rural Irish pub, revolves around reminiscences and the kind of banter that comes from men who have a shared upbringing. Four friends sharing drinks and stories of their personal experiences and those of others in the area in an attempt to impress a pretty newcomer to the area named Valerie. Soon their conversations, combined with more than a few drinks, turn to stories with a supernatural twist, arising from the popular preoccupations of Irish folklore: ghosts, faeries and mysterious happenings. But when Valerie tells her own story: the reason why she has left Dublin, her undoubtedly true and melancholy tale shocks the men who soon become softer, kinder and more real, leading to salvation and an eventual happy ending for two of the characters.

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Barrington Stage Co. Announces Ambitious New Season [Berkshire On Stage]

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
The bumbling policemen in Pirates of Penzance.

The bumbling policemen in “Pirates of Penzance.”

By Larry Murray

In the Berkshires, only one of the major performing arts organizations has made it a standard practice to invite the press to a season announcement where you can hear the plans directly from the Artistic Director, and some of their key personnel. The interchange with the media never fails to be interesting.

Such was the case recently as Julianne Boyd, artistic director of Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield announced her plans for the company’s 2016 season. With Managing Director Tristan Wilson at her side and actress Debra Jo Rupp (who will appear with the company again this season), the trio added the interesting details of how works were chosen, and how they fit into the company’s jam packed schedule. It is an adventurous one with casting and details of one other play on the St. Germain stage yet to be announced. Also TBA are the company’s usual slate of cabaret performers for Mr. Finn’s Pub and the name of the student musical – all details for follow up announcements later in the year. We also had a chance to talk with Boyd privately about American Son, the world premiere of playwright Christopher Demos-Brown’s play about parenting and policing in the U.S. that she will be directing.

The 2016 season at BSC will includes other world premieres, both musicals. They are the Jonathan Larson Award winning composer Joe Iconis’ Broadway Bounty Hunter and the Joel Waggoner/Eric Price story of a family of illusionists, Presto Change-O, directed by Marc Bruni of Broadway’s Beautiful The Carole King Musical.

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Rev Tor’s (Grateful) Dead of Winter Jam @ The Garage [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Rev Tor and his awesome musicians

Rev Tor and his awesome musicians

Rev Tor’s fifth annual Dead of Winter Jam celebrates the music of the Grateful Dead at The Garage in Pittsfield on Thursday (January 21) at 8pm.

The Rev Tor Band, led by singer and lead guitarist Tor Krautter, has become one of the most compelling and exciting acts on the blues and jam-band circuit. This fifth annual show will be a mid-winter celebration of the music of the Grateful Dead, featuring the Rev Tor Band with guest artists the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Rebel Alliance, the Picky Bastards, Misty Blues, Domino Theory, Who Are You, Gina Coleman, Billy Keane, Rob Sanzone, Jennifer Schultheis, Craig Simmons, Mike Wood and Ward Woolverton.

The Rev Tor Band was formed in western Massachusetts by front man Tor Krautter in 1996. Since its conception, the band has evolved into a powerhouse on the east coast club and festival circuit, performing in venues from Maine to Florida. In their native New England, the band keeps a heavy touring schedule enthusiastically supported by a large following of dedicated fans.

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“The Revenant” Leads Oscar Nominees With 12 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 15th, 2016

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By Larry Murray

Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards have been announced, and The Revenant is leading with 12, including for Best Picture. Other nominees for best picture are The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Room and Spotlight.

There were some surprise nominations (for Room, Tom Hardy, and Rachel McAdams), and omissions (no Ridley Scott for Best Director).

Among those getting the Best Picture nod are two personal favorites, the financial crisis dramedy The Big Short and the period drama Brooklyn, plus the Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, the imaginative action movie Mad Max: Fury Road, the sci-fi adventure film The Martian, the Western thriller The Revenant, the gut-punching drama Room and the fact-based Boston Globe story in Spotlight.

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Pamela Tatge Takes Over as Leader of Jacob’s Pillow [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
Pamela Tatge will lead Jacob’s Pillow into the future.

Pamela Tatge will lead Jacob’s Pillow into the future.

Pamela Tatge will lead Jacob’s Pillow into the future…

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket has announced that esteemed arts leader Pamela Tatge will join the organization as Executive Director in April, succeeding Ella Baff, who served as the leader of Jacob’s Pillow from 1998 to 2015.

Following a record-breaking 2015 season, Jacob’s Pillow, a National Historic Landmark, National Medal of Arts recipient and home to America’s longest running dance festival, launched a national search for its next leader. For the past 16 years, Tatge has served as the Director of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, overseeing robust programming and acclaimed artistic initiatives for dance, music, theater and the visual arts.

At Jacob’s Pillow, Tatge will set the artistic vision and strategic goals for all aspects of the organization, including festival programming, education, preservation, audience engagement, residency programming and artist support, long-term planning, collaborative programming, fundraising, marketing and more.

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MASS MoCA Previews Daniel Wohl’s Multimedia “Holographic” [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Daniel Wohl’s “boldly surreal” (The New York Times) music, synch audio and visual content are in real time for this multi-sensory audience experience, accompanied by artist Daniel Schwarz’s lush visuals. Co-commissioned by MASS MoCA and featuring Roomful of Teeth’s Caroline Shaw and the Bang on A Can All-Stars, Wohl’s new album, Holographic, comes to life with a blend of acoustic instruments and rich electronic creations in this work-in-progress performance on Saturday (January 16) at 8pm in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center in North Adams.

Presented in North Adams before its official premiere in New York City on January 21 and in Saint Paul on February 11, Holographic is a full-length album and performance commissioned by MASS MoCA with Liquid Music, Baryshnikov Arts Center and Indianapolis Museum of Art. Created by Paris-born and Brooklyn-based Wohl, who “blurs the line between electronic and acoustic instrumentation and seemingly melts both elements into a greater organic whole” (WNYC), the music incorporates an improbable combination of sounds, inspired by new ideas in modern science and humanity’s symbiotic relationship with technological creations. “Holographic is about exploring different worlds — improbable combinations of sounds — hidden and imaginary sonic landscapes — both acoustic and electronic,” explains Wohl.

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Bach Rings in the New Year in Great Barrington, Troy & Northampton [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, December 28th, 2015
The gorgeous strings of the  Berkshire Bach Society.

The gorgeous strings of the Berkshire Bach Society

By Larry Murray

This week the new year will dominate our thoughts. Decisions. Whether to celebrate the birth of the new year by getting a little tipsy, or to mark it with a salute to the past is always a choice to be made. The Berkshire Bach Society gives us the chance to do a little of both. With refinement and tradition and absolutely no silly noisemakers anywhere in sight.

This year, the Berkshire Bach Society is celebrating its 25th season by bringing baroque music to the Berkshires, Troy and the Pioneer Valley with Johann Sebastian Bach as the focal point. While its iconic “Bach at New Year’s” series most often includes all six of the Brandenburg Concerti led by the Society’s music director and harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, this year is one of the occasional departures from that programming.

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