Posts Tagged ‘Larry Murray’

Photography at MASS MoCA as Sculpture and Architecture [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Liz Deschenes:Gallery 7, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2014 (Installation view) Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York. (photo: Gene Pittman)

Liz Deschenes: Gallery 7, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2014 (Installation view) Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York (photo: Gene Pittman)

MASS MoCA’s Year of Photography Opens Saturday (May 23)

Opening receptions for three new exhibitions

North Adams, MA — On Saturday (May 23), MASS MoCA opens three exhibitions that destroy all our preconceptions about photography: “Clifford Ross: Landscape Seen & Imagined,” “Liz Deschenes: Gallery 4.1.1″ and “Artists’ Choice: An Expanded Field of Photography.” The eight artists take an exceptionally acrobatic approach to the medium, from Ross’ Harmoniums and large-scale high-resolution images to Deschenes’ panoptic photograms, to photographs that encroach on sculpture and architecture. An opening reception is held on Saturday from 5-6:30pm, in the galleries.

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Curtain Call Theatre Offers “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, May 21st, 2015


Curtain Call Theatre in Latham is presenting the Capital Region premiere of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang, directed by Chris Foster. Broadway’s smash-hit and winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play is a wacky comedy with a nod to Chekhov that will leave you rolling in the aisles.

Vanya and Sonia have lived at home while Masha has traveled the world and become a famous movie star. When Masha returns with her boy toy Spike, an unforgettable weekend of farce ensues. This lovable bunch won’t ever be the same…

The cast includes Kris Anderson, occasional Nippertown contributor Roseann Cane, All Over Albany’s Mary Darcy, Ryan Davis, Cori Irwin and Christina Reeves.

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Adirondack Theatre Festival Has Fresh Direction with Bluegrass, Rock & Kid’s Comedy [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, May 15th, 2015
Three of the planned shows: (l to r) Kalamazoo, The UnCivil Wars, J. Robert Spencer.

Three of the planned shows: (l to r) “Kalamazoo,” “The UnCivil Wars,” J. Robert Spencer.

As the Adirondack Theatre Festival begins its 21st season, it also has fresh new direction as it enters its third decade. 2015 is the first season under the festival’s new producing artistic director, Chad Rabinovitz, who has overseen and incubated many new plays at the helm of the Bloomington IN Playwrights Project. That enterprise grew and greatly expanded under his leadership. He also has a history of working with magicians, among them Washington, D.C. mentalist Max Major, who is planning to further develop his new stage show this summer at ATF.

In addition to magic being in the air, there is also a comedy about a wild-oats-sowing older couple, a rock musical about memory, a bluegrass Civil War musical starring an original Broadway Jersey Boy and a reading of a script by veterans of “The Simpsons” – including Homer himself. The selection of offerings is a happy blend of edgy contemporary theater works on crowd-pleasing themes, all to be staged this summer in Glens Falls at the Adirondack Theatre Festival.

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“The Tall Girls” Introduces Women’s Sports to WAM’s Fresh Takes Series on Sunday [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, May 14th, 2015


By Larry Murray

WAM Theatre is pleased to announce details for their reading of The Tall Girls by Meg Miroshnik, the next event in the 2015 Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. The first Fresh Takes reading of 2015 sold out last month, as did all five of the readings in 2014 inaugural season, proving Berkshire audiences embrace contemporary plays written by women and focusing on the unique stories of women and girls.

WAM Theatre will present the reading on Sunday (May 17) at 3pm at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café in West Stockbridge.

The cast of The Tall Girls features Erin Eva Butcher (Imaginary Beasts’s Kerplop! The Frog Prince), Annie Considine (Shakespeare & Company’s Private Lives), Sarah Jensen (CT Rep Theatre’s Lysistrata), Maizy Broderick Scarpa (Pittsfield Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Catherine Seeley (Oldcastle Theatre’s My Fair Lady) and Ryan Winkles (Shakespeare & Company’s It’s a Wonderful Life). Kelly Galvin, curator of the 2014 Fresh Takes Series, and well known to Berkshire area audiences for her work with Shakespeare & Company as an actress and educator, will direct the reading.

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The Orchard Project Brings Alan Cumming, Theresa Rebeck, Gate Theatre & More to Saratoga [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, May 11th, 2015
Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming

The Exchange has announced the artists and companies who will participate in its 2015 Orchard Project summer residency program in Saratoga Springs. They include Alan Cumming, Theresa Rebeck, Bridget Everett, Marcus Gardley, Stew, Ping Chong, John Glover, the UK’s Gate Theatre and others, a total of 22 artists and ensembles (listed below). These artists were selected from a competitive field of nearly 500 applicants to develop their big, new ideas at the Orchard Project. This will be the eighth summer — and the first summer in Saratoga Springs — for the Orchard Project, a laboratory program where theater artists and companies come to innovate, develop and refine new shows. Past productions developed at the Orchard Project have gone on to be performed around the globe for over 500,000 people and to win awards from TONYs to Obies to Oliviers.

We couldn’t be more excited to turn Saratoga into a creative springboard for pathbreaking new work that will go on to stages across the country and the world. We can’t wait to see what the Orchard Project’s 100-plus writers, directors, actors, singers, dancers and puppeteers create this summer.” – Ari Edelson, founder and artistic director of the Orchard Project

The Exchange also announced the launch of its first-ever Orchard Project Presents season, a series of public performances that will take place at Saratoga Springs’ Universal Preservation Hall — a recently restored 1871 church — as well as at venues around Saratoga Springs. The Orchard Project Presents series will invite the public to experience world class new work as it is being developed. The series will feature events every week in June, including Sneak Peek Productions (early stage, cutting-edge workshops and productions), Cabarets and Concerts (special events with top musical talent) and an Open Studio Week (featuring innovative shadow puppeteers). Orchard Project Presents will begin the month with an immersive production of “Church of the Passionate Cat” by Austin’s Underbelly Theater and conclude with an intimate concert with TONY Award winning actor, singer and writer Alan Cumming. The full line-up is listed below.

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First Look at Artists Slated for Mr. Finn’s Cabaret [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, May 8th, 2015
Mr. Finn’s Cabaret is hidden away under the St. Germain Stage on Linden Street in Pittsfield, but is the classiest nightspot in the Berkshires. (photo: Stephen Sorokoff)

Mr. Finn’s Cabaret is hidden away under the St. Germain Stage on Linden Street in Pittsfield, but it’s the classiest nightspot in the Berkshires. (photo: Stephen Sorokoff)

Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theater in downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of artistic director Julianne Boyd and managing director Tristan Wilson, is proud to announce the 2015 season of performances at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield.

Named for William Finn, the two-time Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist of Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the artistic producer of BSC’s Musical Theatre Lab, Mr. Finn’s Cabaret celebrates its third season with an eclectic mix of performers from May through October as part of Barrington Stage Company’s 2015 season.

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Adds Six Special Events to Busy 2015 Season Calendar [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, May 7th, 2015


The Williamstown Theatre Festival has added a batch of new, exciting special events to their 2015 season line-up. In addition to the Main Stage and Nikos Stage productions, the 61st season will also include: Paradise Lew (Monday, July 13), an evening of stand-up with Williamstown veteran Lewis Black; straight from its hit Off-Broadway run, a one-night-only concert performance of Benjamin Scheuer’s The Lion (Sunday, July 19); the return of the stripped-down musical comedy duo the Skivvies (Sunday & Monday, July 26 & 27); The Darrell Hammond Project (Monday, August 10), with “Saturday Night Live” impersonation icon Darrell Hammond; for the first time ever at Williamstown, one of the most-celebrated musical improv shows in the world, Baby Wants Candy (Thursday-Saturday, August 20–22); as well as this summer’s Free Theatre production, Song for a Future Generation (July 15–18 & 21–24).

As previously announced, WTF’s Main Stage Season will include William Inge’s Off the Main Road directed by Evan Cabnet and featuring Kyra Sedgwick in her WTF debut (June 30–July 19); the world premiere of the 2012 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award-winner Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau; directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (July 22–August 2), and six-time Tony® Award-winner Audra McDonald and Tony nominee Will Swenson in Nobel laureate Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece: A Moon for the Misbegotten, directed by Gordon Edelstein (August 5–August 23).

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Multi-Faceted Singer-Songwriter Rufus Wainwright to Shine @ Mahaiwe on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

By Larry Murray

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present “The Best of Rufus Wainwright” at 8pm on Saturday (May 9). “We look forward to an incredible evening with this exceptional artist,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “He is truly one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.”

The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter is the son of folk music luminaries Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and the brother of Martha Wainwright, but he has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance and film. He has released seven studio albums, three DVDs and three live albums. He has also collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams and producer Mark Ronson, among others. His latest album, Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, was released in 2014 on Universal.

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