Happy Holidays @ Club Helsinki with Holidelic & Hedda Lettuce [Berkshire on Stage]

December 8th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara
Everett Bradley

Everett Bradley

You can always count on Club Helsinki in Hudson to come up with some pretty spiffy – and unusual – holiday offerings, and this year is no different.

Once again the holiday-funk spectacular Holidelic – the brainchild of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, actor, dancer and Springsteen bandmate Everett Bradley – will usher in the holiday season at Club Helsinki with a two-night stand on Saturday & Sunday (December 10 & 11).

So how can you top that? With an encore show with Hedda Lettuce, the self-described “world’s first and premiere eco-friendly drag queen,” who brings her annual holiday show, “Lettuce Rejoice!” featuring her patented blend of poised characters, startling satire and original music at 7pm on Sunday, December 18.

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“Mother Courage and Her Children” a Perfect Fit for Olympia Dukakis at Shakespeare & Company [Berkshire on Stage]

August 7th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Sara
(l-r) Olympia Dukakis, Brooke Parks, Ryan Winkles, and Josh Aaron McCabe. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

(l-r) Olympia Dukakis, Brooke Parks, Ryan Winkles, and Josh Aaron McCabe. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

Theater Review and Discussion by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Larry Murray: I think we saw something very special last night as Olympia Dukakis donned the role of a lifetime in Mother Courage and Her Children. And not just her, but Shakespeare & Company’s cadre of superb actors, all of whom delivered strong and searing performances. What’s your first reaction?

Gail Burns: This is Dukakis’ fifth, and possibly last, time in this iconic role. It suits her very well, in fact it was her idea to tackle it one more time at age 82. And Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Tony Simotes was wise to take her up on the suggestion. Brecht is classic 20th century theatre and, although not as marketable as the Bard, his work is just as universal and insightful.

Larry: Mother Courage is often referred to as “epic” theatre, and it is certainly different from anything else you see on stage from that period. It has a style and language all its own. I loved the placards projected over the beginning of each scene.

Gail: Brecht is synonymous with the Epic Theatre style of the mid-20th century, which was a reaction against the Naturalistic style of Constantin Stanislavsky. Every effort is made to remind the audience that they are in a theatre, watching actors on a stage. The projected placards literally tell you what is going to happen in each scene before you see it, so you are not distracted by figuring out the plot or tempted to empathize with the characters. Everything is revealed in advance.

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