LIVE: Berkshire Theatre Awards Show @ Barrington Stage Co.’s Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, 11/13/16 [Berkshire on Stage]

November 16th, 2016, 11:00 am by Sara
At the Berkshire Thaetre Awards: (l to r) William Finn, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Larry Murray and Debra Jo Rupp.

At the Berkshire Theatre Awards: (l to r) William Finn, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Larry Murray and Debra Jo Rupp

By Larry Murray

This past Sunday night at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield, something wonderful happened. With just about every theater company from miles around in attendance, the Berkshire theater community honored its own at the Berkshire Theatre Awards. The event ran for some two hours, with plenty of socializing before and after the awards themselves. With just two brief moments on stage to welcome everyone and to present the Larry Murray Award to Julianne Boyd of Barrington Stage Company, I was able to watch what a committee of theater critics, with a little help from their theater friends, was able to throw together. It was pretty impressive.

Those in attendance laughed heartily as emcees Peter Bergman and Macey Levin made jokes and engaged in funny bits of stage business as they doled out their precious plaques to some 25-plus recipients in record time. But it was the non-stop applause for all the nominees, each of whom was mentioned, that brought joy to my heart. So it is this brilliant collection of theater people that get my first thanks, for giving us such a wonderful choice of great plays and musicals to choose from.

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Inaugural Berkshire Theatre Award Winners Announced [Berkshire on Stage]

October 17th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
Will Swenson & and ensemble in Pirates of Penzance. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

Will Swenson & and ensemble in “Pirates of Penzance.” Photo by Kevin Sprague.

The winners of the inaugural Berkshire Theatre Awards have been announced. Seventeen arts journalists voted on 120 nominees in 25 categories chosen from artists in the 75 live theater productions mounted in Berkshire County and adjacent areas between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.

The winner of the special Larry Murray Award, to be given to a person or theater project that advances social, political or community issues, will not be announced until the Winners’ Celebration at 5pm on Sunday, November 13 at Barrington Stage’s Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield. Nominees for the Larry Murray Award are Kristen van Ginhoven, co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre; Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director of Barrington Stage; and the three Vermont theater companies that teamed up to produce all three plays in Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests this past summer – the Dorset Theatre Festival, Northern Stage Company and the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company.

“If these awards indicate who is doing the best work in the Berkshires, then Barrington Stage and Shakespeare & Company have to be at the top of anyone’s list,” said awards organizer Larry Murray of BerkshireOnStage.com. “Those two companies received the majority of wins, with WAM Theatre and Berkshire Theatre Group also receiving recognition of their work. That the Williamstown Theatre Festival came close in many categories without securing its own place in the awards will undoubtedly be cause for speculation. It seems the critics have spoken.”

Here’s the complete list of Berkshire Theatre Awards nominees and the winners:

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GO HERE to read review of “Pirates of Penzance”…

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