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Fun with Lily Tomlin and Irish Music of Caladh Nua on Tap for Troy Music Hall [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall continues its series featuring compelling artists. Here are four March concerts worth jotting down on your calendar.

LILY TOMLIN, Saturday (March 7), 8pm

It’ll be a delightful bit of nostalgia as we have a rare chance to be in the presence of Lily Tomlin for an unforgettable night of fun and sidesplitting laughter. This sardonic comic artist takes her audience on a trip The Washington Post called “wise and howlingly funny” with more than a dozen of her timeless characters—from Ernestine to Sister Boogie Woman, to Mrs. Beasley and to the iconic Edith Ann.

The Daily News says “With astounding skill and energy, Tomlin zaps through the channels like a human remote control. Using a fantastic range of voices, gestures and movements, she conjures up the cast of characters with all the apparent ease of a magician pulling a whole menagerie of animals from a single hat.” Don’t miss this warm and uniquely affecting experience filled with comical insights and wildly, witty observations about the human condition.

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Mahaiwe in March: Chinese Acrobats, Met Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, London’s National Theatre, More [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Behind the Beautiful Forevers

London’s National Theatre in HD presents David Hare’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”

There’s a variety of live and projected performances on stage and screen at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington for the month of March. Included are the Chinese acrobatic troupe Golden Dragon Acrobats and HD broadcasts of the Met Opera, London’s National Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet, as well as classic movies and children’s theater by the Omaha Theater Company.

“We’re offering timeless fun for the whole family this month,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly.

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RIP: Leonard Nimoy, Beloved Actor, Artist & Celebrity Who Lived Long and Prospered [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Leonard Nimoy

By Larry Murray

Photographer Leonard Nimoy, whose exhibition “Secret Selves” was on display in 2010-11 at MASS MoCA in North Adams has died. He was 83. His most indelible role was as Mr. Spock, the totally logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek.” He also recreated the life of Vincent van Gogh writing the play “Vincent,” seen in these parts with Jim Briggs in the dual roles of the Theo and Vincent van Gogh (review).

Nimoy – who announced that he had the disease COPD last year – attributed it to years of smoking. Even though it was a habit he had given up three decades earlier, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed that the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week. He died on Friday morning (February 27) at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles.

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Albany’s Confetti Stage Kicks off New Year with “Waiting for Godot” [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Waiting for Godot features Patrick White and Stephen Henel as Didi and Gogo.

“Waiting for Godot” features Patrick White and Stephen Henel as Didi and Gogo.

Preview by Larry Murray

It’s been worth the wait, for ever since Confetti Stage, Inc. announced they were planning their own production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, we’ve been waiting, too, for all the details. It’s one of our favorite plays, and besides, it’s been a decade since they began, staging their inaugural production, ‘night, Mother, by Marsha Norman in January, 2005. Since then, the company has successfully brought to the stage over 40 productions, performing in several Capital Region communities.

The snarks say it’s a two-act play in which absolutely nothing happens.

Twice.

But that misses the point. Others say it is about waiting to die, “They’re actually waiting for God, can’t you see that in the title?”

Perhaps.

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FREE: Fresh Food Film Festival @ Images in Williamstown This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Fresh Food Film Festival

By Larry Murray

In a wonderful collaboration with the Williams College Office of Sustainable Food and Agriculture, the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College, Storey Publishing and Wild Oats Market, Images Cinema in Williamstown presents Fresh Fest: A Food and Farm Film Festival from Friday-Sunday (February 27-March 1). Admission is free. Donations to benefit Images Cinema will be accepted.

“MUSSELS IN LOVE”
Friday (February 27), 5pm
Documentary; In Dutch with English subtitles; 1 hour 23 minutes
The Belgians and French look forward to it with bated breath: the start of the mussel season in the Dutch province of Zeeland. But how does this shellfish end up on our plates? And why do we love them so? “Mussels in Love” (original title “L’AMour des Moules”) is a feature-length documentary that reveals the life of the Zeeland mussel in an intimate, humorous way, with playful music and fascinating close-ups that turn the shell-fish into abstract art.

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Playing with Perception @ EMPAC: Lucy Raven Premieres 3-D “Tales of Love and Fear” [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Tales of Love and Fear, a 3D experiment at EMPAC at RPI in Troy, NY

“Tales of Love and Fear,” a 3D experiment at EMPAC at RPI in Troy

By Larry Murray

While it’s tempting to think of 3D image technology as a new frontier in contemporary cinema, artists have been playing with the perception of spatial depth in photography as far back as the mid 19th century. The early stereogram assigned a 2D image to each eye, simulating the effect of binocular vision when viewed in tandem. Artist Lucy Raven takes a similar approach to filmmaking for Tales of Love and Fear, which will premieres at EMPAC at RPI in Troy at 8pm on Friday (February 27).

The culmination of several years of research, Tales of Love and Fear is a site-specific artwork for EMPAC’s Concert Hall. A regular artist-in-residence since fall 2013, Raven has focused her research on the history and evolution of 3D-film technologies and animation techniques, investigating the fluid cultural perception of spatial depth though an art-historical lens.

Developed in collaboration with the EMPAC production team, Tales of Love and Fear is comprised of a custom-built rig of counter-rotating platforms. A single stereoscopic photograph, taken by the artist during her research in India, is split by the two projectors into the left and right eye perspective. Conceived as a cinema for a single image, this piece expands and unifies our perception of the cinematic beyond the screen.

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Images from the 10×10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Company [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Zach Wymore and Christina Norris (photo: David Fertik)

Zach Wymore and Christina Norris (photo: David Fertik)

By Larry Murray

Ten minutes plays are a snappy way to tell a short story with wham-bang endings.

Directed by Julianne Boyd and Stephanie Yankwitt. Featuring Matt Neely, Christina Norris, Jessie Shelton, Peggy Pharr Wilson, Zach Wymore and Robert Zukerman.

At Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, every 10 minutes, a new play begins!

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Creeps, Deceits and Delusions Collide in Molière’s “Tartuffe” at Hubbard Hall [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 20th, 2015
Don’t let the talk of high morals fool you, as with so many supposedly religious men, this is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Don’t let the talk of high morals fool you, as with so many supposedly religious men, this is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

From Cambridge comes news that the Hubbard Hall Theater Company is staging one of Moliere’s best known and loved comedies, Tartuffe. It is being directed by John Hadden, and will run weekends beginning tonight (February 20) through Sunday, March 15. It’s an oldie but goodie, a satiric masterpiece that is full of laughs, insights and naughty plot twists.

Tartuffe is a scoundrel who can don any pose and become a master of it. Professing extreme piety, he is taken into the household of Orgon, a wealthy man. Under the guise of ministering to the family’s spiritual and moral needs, he almost destroys Orgon’s family. Hypocrisy gone wild. Religious posturing, deceit. Legal entanglements. Wonderful absurdity.

Considered quite scandalous when first produced in 1664, Tartuffe is now is one of the most famous theatrical comedies by Molière. The characters of Tartuffe, Elmire and Orgon are considered among the greatest classical theater roles. In response to criticism of the time, Moliere responded, “The comic is the outward and visible form that nature’s bounty has attached to everything unreasonable, so that we should see, and avoid, it. To know the comic we must know the rational, of which it denotes the absence and we must see wherein the rational consists . . . incongruity is the heart of the comic.”

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