Posts Tagged ‘Catskill’

Steven Patterson’s Tour de Force Performance as “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
Steven Patterson in “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus.” Photo by Tony Firorillo

Steven Patterson in “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus.” Photo by Tony Firorillo

Mary Shelley’s timeless tale of terror gets the tour de force treatment in Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, Jim Helsinger’s stunning adaptation for a single performer, coming to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre on Thursday (October 13) and running through Sunday, October 23. BST’s Associate Director Steven Patterson plays all the roles in a virtuoso display of acting and storytelling artistry that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Barely five years after it was first published, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” had been adapted for the stage. The 1823 production, which Mary herself attended, was so successful that a second edition of the novel was rushed out to capitalize on its sudden theatrical popularity. Since then, the book has continued to inspire artists in many media. For playwrights, its powerful themes suggest endless avenues of exploration and the operatic scale of the story creates unique dramatic and visual opportunities. For actors, the roles of the obsessed, doomed Frankenstein and his wretched, cobbled Monster are all but irresistible.

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Bridge Street Theatre’s New Mainstage Opens with “The Tavern” [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Kane Prestenback as The Vagabond & Louise Pillai as Violet.

Kane Prestenback as The Vagabond & Louise Pillai as Violet.

Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre, the newest addition to the Hudson Valley theater scene, presents the first full production on its new Mainstage — George M. Cohan’s classic, The Tavern, with performances running from Thursday (September 15) through Sunday, September 25.

On a dark and stormy night, a rural inn shelters an unlikely assortment of oddball characters, including a mysterious vagabond who’s almost certainly not what he appears to be. Kane Prestenback stars as The Vagabond with a cast that features some of the finest local talent in the Hudson Valley region – Gabriel James, Lindsay Cahill, Robert Ragaini, Art Skopinsky Louise Pillai, David Smilow, Elisabeth Henry, Alexandra Doggette, Brett Owen, Keith Mueller and Parker Cross.

When The Tavern originally premiered in 1920, it utterly baffled a majority of the critics. But the play was championed by Robert Benchley, who called it “the biggest night in my theatergoing career, for it marked the birth of something new on the stage, a gorgeous insanity from which it is to be hoped the drama as an institution will never recover.” And by Dorothy Parker, who proclaimed it “an entertainment sent from Heaven, via Mr. Cohan.” The play went on to become one of Cohan’s greatest theatrical successes, one in which he toured the provinces for years once the original production had closed.

Steven Patterson, who helms the current production, previously directed the play to great acclaim to open the 1977 summer season of the Lexington Conservatory Theatre in Lexington. Now, in 2016, Bridge Street Theatre is delighted to share this unique celebration of the joy of theater devised by a titan of 20th century American entertainment with a whole new audience in a gorgeous new performance venue.

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Terri Mateer Shoots & Scores With “A Kind Shot” @ Bridge Street Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, July 21st, 2016


Whether working the court or navigating life itself, former pro basketball player Terri Mateer has taken plenty of hits — but that hasn’t diminished her drive to score. A Kind Shot, the one-woman show she’s created out of her experiences, will be performed by Mateer herself this weekend (July 22-24) at the Bridge Street Theatre’s intimate Speakeasy in Catskill.

Fresh, brave, daring and performed with an athlete’s grace and confidence (but none of the indulgent swagger), the six-foot one-inch Mateer’s autobiographical show contains plenty of insider anecdotes and famous names that will appeal to fans of street, college and pro sports. Along with her experience in these worlds, Mateer has also worked as a model, a stripper, a designer and an actor. Raised by a single hippie mom and an African American surrogate father, and mentored by numerous others, she credits them with giving her the fortitude to confront the sexual abuse and harassment she’s experienced. Fortunately, it seems there’s been a happy ending for this girl who never quite knew who she was.

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“Aunt Nona” Takes Over the Bridge Street Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Anna Carol is Aunt Nona.

Anna Carol is Aunt Nona.

Playwright/performer Anna Carol brings her hilarious North Dakotan alter ego to the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill in An Evening with Aunt Nona, which opens on Friday (April 29) for a three-performance run. Directed by Joshua Chase Gold, Aunt Nona first appeared in 2014 at the University of Central Florida, then toured the Midwest before her New York City debut at the United Solo Festival in September, 2015.

Audiences spend an hour in Nona’s dressing room just prior to her solo performance debut on the Great White Way … in Fargo, North Dakota. Through stand-up, improv, and storytelling, Anna Carol explores the idiosyncrasies of Nona’s eccentric life. Attempting to find her way in the world, she joyfully shares her jaunts through a world of jingle writing, cookies and bars, gay nephews, boyfriends, drag queens, mothers, meat raffles and lady locker rooms. And while she optimistically muddles through every misstep, she’s definitely not without true fears she just can’t seem to conquer. For every misfit, college graduate or millionaire who has desired a life beyond set expectations, Aunt Nona is the family member who will be always be there to commiserate, communicate and cachinnate with.

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Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre Announces 2016 Season of Shows [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 18th, 2016


Following a short winter hiatus, Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre is brushing away the snow and preparing to spring back into action. With a new marquee providing greater visibility to travelers along the West Bridge Street corridor and continuing improvements to its interior spaces, 2016 promises to be even more seriously entertaining at what one reviewer has called “the ballsiest theater in the region.”

The theater kicks off the season in high style at 6pm on Saturday (February 20) with a sold-out benefit appearance in BST’s Speakeasy by internationally renowned performer/playwright Charles Busch – a special sneak preview performance of his new cabaret act “The Lady at the Mic,” which will have its official premiere the following week as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series. In the show, Busch pays tribute to four cabaret legends (Elaine Stritch, Polly Bergen, Julie Wilson, and Mary Cleere Harran) as well as Joan Rivers, all of whom were close personal friends. He’ll be joined onstage by long-time musical director (and Catskill resident) Tom Judson at the piano, Joe Gallant on upright bass and Guy Klucevsek on the accordion. This gala evening – the first public performance of this new show – will be followed by an intimate champagne meet-and-greet with the artists.

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Theater Preview: Logan Black Brings “BOND: the story of a soldier and his dog” to Bridge St. Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015


Logan Black will tell you that 2006 was one of the bloodiest years in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He knows because he was there. And he will recreate the experience on stage at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill with his one-man, one-dog show, “BOND: the story of a soldier and his dog,” opening on Friday (November 6) and running through Sunday, November 15.

You’ve read about that war: Iraqi society fractured and eventually devolved into sectarian violence, Saddam Hussein was executed, and this young man with a yellow Lab at his side found himself right in the middle of it. Now you can experience it as well.

In his award-winning one-man show writer/performer Logan Black tells the story of his experiences as a Specialized Search Dog Handler, training and later working alongside his bomb-sniffing K-9 partner Diego in Al Anbar province. It’s a true narrative of monotony, boredom and daily searches of cars, streets and buildings, interspersed with harrowing episodes when actual weapons caches were discovered, when approaching cars wouldn’t obey commands to stop, and when their convoy was hit by an IED (improvised explosive device).

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Theater Review: “Grinder’s Stand” @ Bridge Street Theatre, 10/9/15

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
The cast of Grinder’s Stand (left to right, seated) Nancy Rothman, Steven Patterson, Stephen Jones; (standing) Jon Lee, William Dobbins, Phillip X. Levine, Brett Owen. (photo: V. James dePerna)

The cast of “Grinder’s Stand” (left to right, seated) Nancy Rothman, Steven Patterson, Stephen Jones; (standing) Jon Lee, William Dobbins, Phillip X. Levine, Brett Owen. (photo: V. James dePerna)

Review by Greg Haymes

It’s been 36 years since Oakley Hall III’s play “Grinder’s Stand” had its premiere at Lexington Conservatory Theatre, an upstart summer company in the Catskills, which later morphed into Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre.

And quite a lot of what happened in 1979 now seems dated, totally obsolete or just downright silly. The debut of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park, President Jimmy Carter attacked by a swamp rabbit… “Grinder’s Stand” is not one of those things.

The eloquent verse play takes place in 1809, chronicling the final days of Meriwether Lewis (deftly portrayed by William Dobbins), who famously co-led the Lewis & Clark expedition six years previous. “Any man who would walk to Oregon and back would have to have his brain – and his testicles – strapped on pretty tight,” as the play points out.

But a desperate Lewis – now Governor of Upper Louisiana on the verge of bankruptcy having payment of his bills denied by President James Madison – must deal with a number of obstacles from within is own inner circle, as well as the federal government and his own laudanum addiction as he makes his way to Washington, DC to plead his case for more funds. And for Lewis, it proves to be a life-or-death trek even more hazardous than his previous expedition to the west coast.

Ambition, poison, politics and betrayal all play a part, but ultimately it’s a play about dreams that evaporate like morning fog and the loss of nameless things.


FREE: Music in the Park @ Catskill’s Dutchman’s Landing

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Lex Grey & the Urban Pioneers

Lex Grey & the Urban Pioneers

The Music in the Park concert series has returned to Dutchman’s Landing on Main Street in Catskill through the end of the summer.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the free concerts at 7pm every Thursday.

Here’s the complete schedule of upcoming concerts for summer 2015:


Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCartoonist John CaldwellCaffe LenaThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantHolly & EvanAdvertise on Nippertown!Artist Charles HaymesThe LindaAlbany PoetsLeave Regular Radio BehindHudson SoundsBerkshire On StageDark Wood Design