Posts Tagged ‘Berkshire On Stage’

Tommy Tune, Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway Headed to Barrington Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Broadway’s legendary song and dance man, Tommy Tune, hits the stage high stepping through his nine-time Tony Award winning career celebrating 50 years on the Great White Way. He sings, dances, and laughs his way through those glorious musical moments that made him a Theatre Legend.

Broadway’s legendary song and dance man, Tommy Tune, hits the stage high stepping through his 9 time Tony Award winning career celebrating 50 years on the Great White Way. He sings, dances, and laughs his way through those glorious musical moments that made him a Theatre Legend.

Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theater in downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, is proud to present the 2014 Summer Concert Series on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage featuring Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune in Taps, Tunes, and Tall Tales on Monday, July 28 at 8pm, and the return of Tony Award nominees Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway in the Berkshire debut of their all-new show Here Come the Callaways on Monday, August 11.

Single tickets to Tap, Tunes and Tall Tales and Here Come the Callaways will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 24 at 10am.

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Discounted Tickets to SPAC a Find for Early Birds [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Dance, Jazz, Classical and Chamber music are all part of the Saratoga Performing Arts Festival in 2014.

Dance, Jazz, Classical and Chamber music are all part of the Saratoga Performing Arts Festival in 2014.

Tickets for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 2014 classical season went on sale to the public online earlier this week.

And for early birds, those who can order ahead, there are savings to be had.

For one month only, from March 18 until April 18, individuals who purchase tickets online for amphitheater seating to evening ballet or orchestra performances will receive a 10% discount by using coupon code EARLYBIRD; those who are SPAC members are entitled to even larger discounts of 15 to 20% depending on membership level.

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Blythe Danner to Star in “The Country House,” a Play about Summer in Williamstown [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Blythe Danner

Blythe Danner

Story by Larry Murray

Plans have been announced for The Country House, a new comedy by Donald Margulies, whose story takes place at a Berkshire summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Starring Blythe Danner, it will open this June at the Geffen Playhouse in LA, then move to Roundabout Theatre in New York City in September.

A press announcement noted that it is the sixth production at the Geffen Playhouse for Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies (Coney Island Christmas, Times Stands Still, Sight Unseen). The Country House is a new comedy about a deeply dramatic family and begins previews June 3 (opening night is June 11).

Tony and Emmy winner Blythe Danner (The Commons of Pensacola, Meet the Parents) stars as Anna Patterson, the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous creative artists who have gathered at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. But when the weekend takes an unexpected turn, everyone is forced to improvise… inciting a series of simmering jealousies, a flurry of romantic outbursts and a bout of passionate soul-searching.

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Frank & Fiona, Bob & Terry, Plus William & Mary in Ayckbourn’s “How the Other Half Loves” in Ghent [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 17th, 2014
Christina Smith, Sam Reilly and Todd Hamilton as Teresa, William and Bob in “How the Other Half Loves” at The Ghent Playhouse. Photo Daniel Region

Christina Smith, Sam Reilly and Todd Hamilton as Teresa, William and Bob in “How the Other Half Loves” at The Ghent Playhouse. Photo Daniel Region

The Ghent Playhouse will present Alan Ayckbourn’s wickedly funny play, “How The Other Half Loves” opening on Friday (March 21) and playing through April 6. The production’s director is Sky Vogel, who directed the Playhouse’s smash hit musical “Urinetown” in 2012.

Ayckbourn’s play deals with the interlocking lives of three couples: Frank is an upper-level manager in a nondescript business office. He is married to Fiona. The two of them are comfortable in life, though Fiona is a bit bored. Frank, it should be added, is a bit dim. Bob and Terry are a young couple with an infant child. Bob works for Frank. Terry spends her days writing letters to newspaper editors trying, without much success, to right one or more of society’s wrongs. She could be a better mother. Bob is sleeping with Fiona. Bob could be a better husband.

In an attempt to provide cover for a late night rendezvous, Bob tells Terry he has been out offering counsel to a co-worker, William, supposedly distraught because his wife, Mary, has been having an affair. This seems a little more than odd considering Mary is mousy, plain and meek. William, himself no prince of partying, may also be up to sexual shenanigans. At least so suspects Frank, who, as mentioned, is not the sharpest cheddar in the pantry.

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Peggy Seeger, Poetry & Publishing Highlight Week 3 of Berkshire Festival of Women Writers [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

During the month of March, 2014, the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers (BFWW) is hosting 58 events. The purpose is to bring women writers of all ages and from many different walks of life together to share their insights and, of course, to celebrate Women’s History Month. BFWW’s list of speakers, panelists and presenters is impressive and contains names both familiar and not.

This is the fourth year for the BFWW which runs from March 1–31 at venues all over Berkshire County. The Festival is sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with the collaboration of many other organizations. Participants include more than 150 women writers, those 58 separate events taking place at some 30 venues around the county. Complete listings and details of all events are available on the festival’s website. Most events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Neil Simon Sets Chekhov’s Short Stories on Stage at Mill City in North Adams [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

The Good Doctor

North Adams, MA – Mill City Productions is pleased to announce production dates for “The Good Doctor” by Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. Performances will take place on Fridays, March 14 and 21 at 8pm; Saturdays, March 15 and 22 at 8pm; and Sundays, March 16 and 23 at 2pm. The production is directed by Tara Johnson and features eleven Berkshire County actors.

This Broadway hit is a composite of Anton Chekhov’s short stories, dramatized by Neil Simon. An unnamed writer (obviously meant to represent Chekhov himself) suffers from writer’s block and his own artistic temperament, so he revisits some of his favorite characters and the stories they inhabit.

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Berkshire Festival of Women Writers – Week Two [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers  - Week Two

The second week of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers continues to explore the literary terrain. Complete listings and details of all events are available on the festival’s website. Most events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Today (Monday, March 10)
Meeting On the Bridge
Reading and discussion hosted by Gwendolyn VanSant and Kate Abbott, with Multicultural BRIDGE “On the Bridge” columnists for The Berkshire Eagle
Mason Library, 231 Main St., Great Barrington, MA, 7 p.m.
For more than two years, Gwendolyn VanSant of Multicultural BRIDGE and Kate Abbott, Editor of Berkshires Week, have collaborated on “On the Bridge,” a regular column in the magazine which allows Berkshire residents from all over the world to tell their stories. Celebrate the richness of the people around us with “On the Bridge” writers Siobahn Connally, Elizabeth Blackshine and Margot Welch.

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Theater: Problematic Production of “Private Lives” @ Shakespeare & Company [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Private Lives at Shakespeare & Company (photo: Kevin Sprague)

Private Lives at Shakespeare & Company (photo: Kevin Sprague)

Theater Review by Gail M. Burns and Roseann Cane

Roseann Cane: Currently at Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox through the end of March, “Private Lives,” first presented in 1930, is probably revived more often than any play by Noël Coward. It has been subject of a myriad of literary analyses, many of which claim the play a reflection, or product of, Coward’s homosexual “world view.” Then, there are some who’ve declared Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” to be a play about homosexuality; various reports have Albee guffawing or expressing sheer exasperation in response. Of course, the works of these two masters are different as chalk and cheese, but I feel the need to emphasize the grave error we make when we assume sexual orientation trumps common humanity.

Gail M. Burns: During the 1920′s American women got the vote and ladies world-wide threw off their corsets and bobbed their hair in an unprecedented statement of physical freedom and autonomy. Here Coward makes Amanda (Dana Harrison) by far the more sexually aggressive character on the stage, and makes it clear that she neither regrets it nor finds her lifestyle unusual. Implicit in her “slatternly” ways is that she uses some form of birth control, because she is overtly unmaternal.

Roseann: Probably the frequent ‘Private Lives” revivals have more to do with the sophisticated silliness, the buoyant wit and wordplay, and the famous lines that are still amusing today, particularly those of Elyot (whom Coward originally played, and who is played by David Joseph in this production). “Don’t quibble, Sybil,” he responds to his new young wife early in the play. Later on, he declares, “Women should be struck regularly, like gongs.” And it IS funny, because we understand that Elyot is being superficial, and supercilious, too . There’s also the matter that he gets stricken as much as he strikes.

Gail: Today we are highly sensitive to the issue of domestic violence, but there are couples, like Elyot and Amanda, for whom physical altercations are part of the mating dance. The aggression is mutual. Amanda claims to be “covered in bruises” but there are no visible results from her rough and tumble session. At the end we see that Sibyl (Annie Considine) and Victor (Adam Huff) are similarly matched. The issue is controversial, but here we have to accept it as a part of the wide spectrum of human attraction.

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