Posts Tagged ‘Berkshire On Stage’

Oldcastle Brings Back Big Daddy and “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof” in Bennington [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Cast- Standing Right to Left: Tom Ferguson, Loren Dunn, Paul Romero, Anthony Irizarry, Richard Howe; and sitting Left to Right: Renata Eastlick, Melissa Hurst, Jody Schade.

Cast- Standing Right to Left: Tom Ferguson, Loren Dunn, Paul Romero, Anthony Irizarry, Richard Howe; and sitting Left to Right: Renata Eastlick, Melissa Hurst, Jody Schade.

By Larry Murray

Oldcastle Theatre Company in downtown Bennington is bringing Tennessee Williams’ classic “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof” alive. This timeless classic revolves around one family and the web they have woven to protect their patriarch, Big Daddy (played by Oldcastle veteran Paul Romero) and his wife, Big Momma (Melissa Hurst) from the truth: Big Daddy is dying. Their son, Brick (Loren Dunn) and his wife Maggie (played by newcomer Renata Eastlick) only inflame tensions with their withering marriage. As the evening unravels, so does the family’s web. An American classic, Williams’ favorite play and a great evening of theater.

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Jim Brochu Gives His Regards to Broadway in His One-Man Show @ Barrington Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Jim Brochu and his cast of “character men.”

Jim Brochu and his cast of “character men.”

Theater review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Larry Murray: “Character Man” at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield is a wonderfully funny and touching evening of unforgettable theatrical memories. Jim Brochu may not be the first actor to draw on the famous and near-famous he has rubbed shoulders with during a long and rich life to create an evening’s entertainment, but he is certainly one of the best. As he explains at the outset, playing a “character man” means you are an essential part of any play, even though people are not likely to remember your name.

Gail M. Burns: Jack Gilford, Bert Lahr, Lou Jacobi, Zero Mostel, Jack Albertson, Phil Silvers, Charles Nelson Reilly… Indeed, while I recognized many of the names Brochu mentioned – and their faces as they appeared on a screen upstage – I am hard pressed to place his mentor, David Burns (obviously no relation), even though his face was shown at various ages throughout the show. But Burns was Brochu’s dear friend and enabler – his entree into the fascinating and frustrating world of show business.

Larry: For an hour and a half he certainly keeps the Barrington Stage audience spellbound as he rattles off anecdotes and stories about his father, his co-stars, and his beginnings as an orange drink seller in lobbies at intermission. The period he focuses on most effectively is the one in which I was a stage door Johnny myself. But while I was outside with a program and a pen he was running to get corned beef sandwiches from a deli for Cyril Ritchard, Australian stage, screen and television actor, and director. Ritchard is probably best remembered today for his performance as Captain Hook in the Mary Martin musical production of Peter Pan.

Gail: I can just taste that orange drink, Larry. It was watery with strong overtones of cardboard, and it was wildly overpriced, but you HAD to buy one when you went to the theatre in New York. I suspect now that I, like Brochu, could no longer afford one, let alone a Broadway ticket, but the very mention of that beverage brings back memories to anyone who has ever darkened a Manhattan theatre.

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“The Real (Desperate) Housewives of Columbia County” Take Over the Theater Barn This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
(From left)  Amy Fiebke, Meg Dooley, Diedre and Cathy Lee-Visscher (photo: Mike Molinski)

(From left) Amy Fiebke, Meg Dooley, Diedre and Cathy Lee-Visscher (photo: Mike Molinski)

The Housewives are back by popular demand! The Theater Barn presents the Taconic Stage Company production of “The Real (Desperate) Housewives of Columbia County” for a limited run this weekend (September 26-28), with Friday and Saturday shows at 8pm and a Sunday matinee at 2pm.

The performances last just over an hour. The Theater Barn is located at 654 State Route 20, New Lebanon, NY, 12125. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling (518) 794-8989. As an added bonus, Chatham Wine and Liquors and Domaney’s of Great Barrington are offering a complimentary glass of wine before each performance.

The hilarious musical revue – by Columbia County resident Carl Ritchie with music by Los Angeles composer Wayne Moore – played a sold-out season at Copake Lake a few summers back, a sold-out run in NYC at the Laurie Beechman Theatre last year, and a sold-out run of Mondays at the Mac-Haydn Theatre this past July.

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Aglet Theatre Offers “Collected Stories” by Donald Margulies in Sheffield [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
A story about a two writers…

A story about a two writers…

On Saturday (September 20) at 7pm, the Aglet Theatre Company will present its first staged reading of this season – Collected Stories by Donald Margulies. It will do so in its new home at Dewey Hall, 91 Main St. (Route 7) in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Erected in 1887, the Hall is an intimate and charming venue, conducive to the genial atmosphere created by Aglet as well as the company’s thought-provoking and insightful productions.

Directed by Thomas Gruenewald, Aglet’s staff director, Collected Stories features two highly accomplished actresses – Deborah Coconis and Deann Halper. All three artists have extensive experience in other parts of the country as well as the tri-state area.

The play follows Ruth Steiner who exploded into the literary world with a collection of short stories that brought her instant fame in her early ’20s. The fame dwindled away, and Ruth has since become an esteemed but little-celebrated member of academia, teaching writing to ambitious college students in New York City.

One evening Lisa Morrison arrives for a consultation about a story she’s written for Ruth’s class. Lisa’s talent captures Ruth interest and as their relationship develops Ruth comes to see in her protégée a version of herself, a nobody from Detroit testing incredible odds to succeed.

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Love! Passion! Deception! Get All Twisted Together in “Private Eyes” at S&Co [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, September 15th, 2014
The cast of “Private Eyes” at Shakespeare & Company. (photo: Kevin Sprague)

The cast of “Private Eyes” at Shakespeare & Company (photo: Kevin Sprague)

It may be true that Caroline Calkins and Marcus Kearns played opposite each other in the appealing roles of Romeo and Juliet earlier this season at The Mount, but this hilarious thriller directed by Jonathon Croy is nothing like that. In fact, Private Eyes, written by Steven Dietz, has been described as a romantic comedy in which what’s real inevitably turns out to be an illusion. It’s a play within a play, within a play, within a play within a psychiatrist’s office — a Chinese box full of tricks and surprises.

Who can doubt that Croy is the perfect kind of director for this sort of mind-bending take on romance?

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Jay & the Americans Celebrate the Music Inn and Made in the Berkshires, Oct. 12 [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, September 8th, 2014

A benefit for a benefit for Music Inn Archives

Music Inn Revival and Berkshire Theatre Group present Jay & the Americans at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Sunday, October 12 at 7:30pm as a part of Made in the Berkshires 2014 and a benefit for the Music Inn Archives. Over Columbus Day Weekend on October 10-12, the fourth annual Made in the Berkshires Festival features cutting-edge theatrical works performed as staged readings, live music, film, short stories and dance in a festival atmosphere. New and innovative pieces as well as established work will be presented by local Berkshire County playwrights, actors, directors, musicians and performers.

Tickets for Jay & the Americans are on sale now for $35-$65. Ticket buyers who purchase an All-Access MITB Festival Pass for $50 will receive a 15% discount for tickets to Jay & the Americans and admission to all of the events for MITB Festival. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be bought online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org.

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Mac-Haydn Theatre Continues with the “All Night Strut,” Sept. 5-14 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Strutting onto The Mac-Haydn Theatre stage in nearby Chatham, NY September 5 through 14. are Phil Sloves, Sarah Talbot, La’Nette Wallace and Don Seldon.

Strutting onto the Mac-Haydn Theatre stage in nearby Chatham, September 5-14 are Phil Sloves, Sarah Talbot, La’Nette Wallace and Don Seldon.

Labor Day doesn’t mean the end of the fun at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. No sir. In fact, this energetic theater invites you to strut back in time to the music of the 1930’s and 1940’s in The All Night Strut, playing a special schedule September 5-14. The All Night Strut is a classy and sassy musical bonanza that has all the special sounds from the depression and lowdown Harlem jive to WWII and stage door canteens to the sophistication of both uptown and downtown night club elegance. You’ll tap your toes and go home humming as jazz, blues, bop and classics bring back the romance, dance and delight of this inimitable musical era.

Starting with the full-throttle welcome of “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and ending with the excitement of “Lullaby of Broadway,” the over two dozen songs in between range from the plaintive depression anthem “Brother Can You Spare A Dime” to happier times of getting “In the Mood” and the syncopations of “Fascinating Rhythm.” There are reflections on the emotions of war with “G.I. Jive,” “White Cliffs of Dover” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.” You’ll also hear “Ain’t Misbehaving,” “Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar,” “A Fine Romance,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Jukebox Saturday Night,” “As Time Goes By” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing” plus many more as the show goes swinging and strutting along.

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10-Piece Band Serves Up a Hot End-of-Summer Dance Party @ MASS MoCA

Friday, August 29th, 2014
EMEFE Dance Party at Mass MoCA August 30, 2014.

EMEFE Dance Party at MASS MoCA, August 30, 2014

Weather permitting, you will be dancing under the stars as EMEFE (as in M.F.A. – Music Frees All) a ten-piece soul-funk-everything band celebrates Labor Day weekend. These ten wailing musicians are on a mission to prove that there are no bad days, only days that need a new soundtrack. The blazing rhythms and bright sound will bounce off the bricks at MASS MoCA on Saturday (August 30) at 8pm in Courtyard C for an end-of-summer dance party that’s sure to be a barn-burner.

EMEFE lures crowds from the bar to the dance floor by beginning its live shows in the audience. The group is prone to snake conga lines while blaring trumpet squeals and swinging saxophones in one syncopated rhythm. The fun gets started at 8pm, and, yeah, if you want to learn some new moves, there will be some fun dance instruction by Jacob’s Pillow.

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