Posts Tagged ‘Great Barrington’

Blues Phenomenon Jonny Lang @ the Mahaiwe Thursday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Jonny Lang (photo: Larry Philpot)

Jonny Lang (photo: Larry Philpot)

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Jonny Lang on Thursday (August 21) at 8pm. “I’m very excited to welcome this blues phenomenon to the Mahaiwe stage for the first time. It promises to be an unforgettable night,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly.

Jonny Lang is a blues, gospel and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. As a 12-year-old, he began a musical journey in Fargo, North Dakota that has brought him to points across the globe. He mastered his skills at an amazingly young age, topping the Billboard charts with his first album, Lie to Me, in 1996 when he was only 16. Over the years, he has shared the stage with the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Sting and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today.

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Mass Live Arts in Great Barrington Offers Experimental Performance, Film, Art, July 7-26 [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, July 7th, 2014
Thank You for Coming by Faye Driscoll (photo:  Maria Baranova)

“Thank You for Coming” by Faye Driscoll (photo: Maria Baranova)

Mass Live Arts, a summer festival of contemporary and experimental performing arts, returns for its second year to Bard College at Simon’s Rock in the Berkshires, tonight (July 7) through July 26. This year’s festival presents three New England premieres of critically-acclaimed, new and remounted works by choreographer Faye Driscoll, theater artists Sibyl Kempson and Mike Iveson, Jr., along with two media based performances by director Phil Soltanoff.

In addition to works of live performance, this year’s offerings have been expanded to include a Monday night film series July 7, 14 & 21 of “The Bogeyman Trilogy” by seminal theater director Reza Abdoh (1963-1995), as well as a rotating gallery showcasing visual works by established American theater artists Andrew Schneider (of the Wooster Group), Anne Gridley and Nature Theater of Oklahoma. This year will also be the first of an annual benefit dance party on Sunday, July 20 to raise funds for year-round residencies to commission and develop large-scale new works.

Mass Live Arts 2014 takes place July 7-26 at the Daniel Arts Center [Bard College at Simon’s Rock] 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA 02130. Tickets are on sale now and range $10-30 with $150 all-inclusive Festival Passes.

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Natalie Merchant Returns to the Mahaiwe with New Album “Leave Your Sleep” [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Natalie Merchant returns July 5 at the Mahaiwe

Natalie Merchant returns July 5 at the Mahaiwe

Natalie Merchant is a new Mahaiwe audience favorite, having sold out her performance here with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic last year,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “We are delighted to welcome her back to Great Barrington to celebrate the release of her new album.”

Natalie Merchant returns to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center the with her band on Saturday (July 5) at 8pm.

Over her 30-year career, Merchant has earned a distinguished place among America’s most respected recording artists with a reputation for being a prolific songwriter with a compelling artistic vision and a unique and captivating performance style. With her latest and highly acclaimed Nonesuch recording, Leave Your Sleep, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 17, she embarks on a new artistic path, creating songs from literary inspiration which are composed for expanded musical ensembles and orchestra.

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Extended! Daniel Osman in “Fully Committed” Adds Performances [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, May 12th, 2014
Daniel Osman is fully committed to his own restaurant business. (photo :Enrico Spada)

Daniel Osman is fully committed to his own restaurant business. (photo :Enrico Spada)

The proprietor of Dream Away Lodge, Daniel Osman, plays 40 roles in Fully Committed, a play by Becky Mode.

In fact, he does it so well, New Stage Performing Arts has extended the run of the comedy for an additional three performances. Originally slated to end on May 11, the play has added performances on Thursday, Friday and Sunday (May 15, 16 & 18).

This comedy about the restaurant business is being undertaken by New Stage Performing Arts and is directed by Laura Margolis at the Mixed Company Theatre in Great Barrington. It began its run on April 24.

The show itself centers on an out-of-work actor named Sam, who is a reservationist at a trendy restaurant in New York City. The humor comes when Sam has to deal with the hilarious but often insane phone calls from the patrons, restaurant staff and his family in this one-man show, where the phones never stop ringing.

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Radio, Radio: Live On Stage

Friday, May 9th, 2014

On The Radio

Radio has been making the leap from the airwaves to the stage in recent years, and folks who love to watch live radio – rather than just listen to it – have a wealth of options during the summer performance season. Here are a few live radio presentations that fans might want to check out:

SATURDAY (MAY 10), 7pm
“Hudson Air: Static Cling”
Hudson Opera House, Hudson
$15; $10 students
Original comedies by Andrew Joffe, Byron Nilsson, Lora Lee Ecobelli, Sandy McKnight and a radio adaptation of a Christopher Durang play. Directed by Andrew Joffe with live sound effects by foley artist Bob Hanley and music by renowned pianist Lincoln Mayorga.

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Restauranteur Daniel Osman is “Fully Committed” to the Stage, Too [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, April 21st, 2014
Daniel Osman is fully committed to his own restaurant business. (photo: Enrico Spada)

Daniel Osman is fully committed to his own restaurant business. (photo: Enrico Spada)

The proprietor of Dream Away Lodge in Becket, Daniel Osman, will play 40 roles in Fully Committed by Becky Mode.

This comedy about the restaurant business is being undertaken by New Stage Performing Arts and will be directed by Laura Margolis at the Mixed Company Theatre in Great Barrington from Thursday (April 24) through Sunday, May 11.

The show itself centers on an out-of-work actor named Sam, who is a reservationist at a trendy restaurant in New York City. The humor comes when Sam has to deal with the hilarious but often insane phone calls from the patrons, restaurant staff and his family in this one-man show, where the phones never stop ringing.

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Review: A Spookily Enjoyable “DARK An End of the World Play…” in Great Barrington [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
(l to r) Sara Katzoff (Kessie) , Michael Brahce (Emmet), and Emma K. Dweck (Ida) in DARK at Mixed Company Theatre in Great Barrington.

(l to r) Sara Katzoff (Kessie) , Michael Brahce (Emmet), and Emma K. Dweck (Ida) in DARK at Mixed Company Theatre in Great Barrington.

Theater Review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Larry Murray: You never know what you are going to discover at the Mixed Company Theatre space in Great Barrington, MA. Since my first trip there with you five years ago, it continues to be a true incubator for playwrights and smaller, hand-crafted theatre companies. The innovative play, DARK An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike is from Timothy Ryan Olson (book), Peter Wise (score) and Sara Katzoff (actress), the people at Bazaar Productions who bring us the Berkshire Fringe Festival, operating here as Kickwheel Ensemble Theater.

Gail M. Burns: DARK premiered during the 2012 Berkshire Fringe (Review), which is where I first saw it, but this was your first encounter with the show.

Larry: With so much of the summer divided between the two of us, I didn’t get to see the original, which means it was all fresh and new to me. DARK hung together quite well, constantly surprising us at several points with its bicycle-driven lighting and seemingly spontaneous singing.

Gail: I found it slightly less suspenseful the second time around, because the basic plot remained much the same, but I had fun looking to spot the changes. The same cast reunites here, with director Adam Sugarman the only new member of the team.

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“Dark” Descends on Great Barrington as the End of the World Play Moves into Mixed Company [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
A cataclysm. Survival. Desperation in the dark. With music and an exercise bike. (photo:  Glenn Koetzner)

A cataclysm. Survival. Desperation in the dark. With music and an exercise bike.
(photo: Glenn Koetzner)

Set in the aftermath of a cataclysmic event, “DARK” chronicles one family’s attempt to survive in a small cabin atop a lonely mountain. Stylized physical action, dark comedy and hauntingly beautiful songs unravel a story of desperation, resilience and hope.

Building on the original premiere, this new version of “DARK” is from Kickwheel Ensemble Theatre and is directed by Adam Sugarman. It includes architectural adjustments to the script, a heightened sense of style within the piece and the addition of a revised sound score, performed live by Peter Wise.

Conceived and developed by Kickwheel in 2012, “DARK,” written by Timothy Ryan Olson with original music by Peter Wise, received its world premiere at the 8th annual Berkshire Fringe festival. Inspired by audience feedback and ongoing interest in the project, the company has spent the last several months in the lab work-shopping, re-imagining and streamlining the piece with an eye towards a US and UK tour in 2016.

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