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“OUT in the Berkshires” is a Weeklong Celebration of LGBT Events, October 9-15 [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 7th, 2013

OUT in the Berkshires

“FagBug Nation”: In-Progress Screening
Film screening at The Beacon Cinema
Wednesday, October 9 | 5 p.m. | Free
Q&A with filmmaker following the screening
57 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

On April 18, 2007, Erin Davies’ Volkswagen Beetle was tagged with the words “fag” and “u r gay” on the driver’s side and hood of her car. Rather than get it fixed, she decided to embrace what happened by keeping the graffiti on her car for one year to evoke a dialogue with the general public about homophobia. Not only did she want America to see the spray painted words, she wanted help coming up with a solution. Erin planned a 58-day cross-country trip in her car now known worldwide as the “Fagbug” and produced an award winning documentary about the adventure that is now on Netflix, itunes, Hulu, and in libraries all around the country. After driving the car for a year, Erin decided to give the car a make-over. She now tours with her rainbow Volkswagen Beetle speaking at universities across North America. She’s been to over 250 schools (including Yale and Cornell University) to bring awareness about hate crimes and to confront homophobia. Erin’s been a guest on NPR, received sponsorship from VW of America & HD Radio, has been featured on ABC News, Newsweek, BBC and Vanity Fair. Her new film, “FagBug Nation,” will be released as a finished piece in February, 2014.

BCC Forum: National Coming Out Day
Thursday, October 10 | 12:15 p.m. | Free
Berkshire Community College, K111
1350 West St Pittsfield, MA

PRIDE BCC and the Diversity Committee are sponsoring a panel of students and community members who will share their “coming out” stories. There will also be time for audience sharing and questions. Sponsored by the Committee for Diversity and PRIDE BCC. Forum credit available.

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“Accomplice” at Shakespeare & Co. Is Smart, Funny, Sexy and Well Worth Seeing [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Annie Considine, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jason Asprey and Josh Aaron McCabe. Photo by Enrico Spada.

Annie Considine, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jason Asprey and Josh Aaron McCabe. (photo by Enrico Spada)

Theater review by Gail M. Burns

How do you write a review of a comedy/thriller with a plot so convoluted and hilarious that even listing the names of the actors would give away important plot points? A show where, at the curtain call, the cast swears the audience to complete secrecy? Well, you start by saying that this production of Rupert Holmes’ Accomplice at Shakespeare & Company, directed by Stephen Rothman, is smart and funny and sexy and well worth seeing. The cast, who I may not name, is very good. A slightly stumbling performance by an old favorite is balanced out by a nice turn from a newcomer. Patrick Brennan has designed a nifty set which, abetted by James W. Bilnoski’s lighting and Ian Sturges Milliken’s sound design and score, is almost as full of surprises as the script

Accomplice was the third theatrical outing for the fearsomely prolific and multi-talented Holmes, who had already won multiple awards for his first show, Drood (1985, formerly titled The Mystery of Edwin Drood). Holmes took home is his second Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for this 1990 opus, which holds a special place in Rothman’s heart (he has directed it twice before). Rothman saw a good fit between this script and some of Shakespeare & Company’s core actors, and he was right. I am not telling tales out of school when I say that it gives Elizabeth Aspenlieder another star turn as the Company’s leading comedienne.

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Bill Dedman Unravels the Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark at Ventfort Hall, Sept. 28 [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

She lived to be 104 and left behind mansions she never lived in and a $300 million fortune relatives are now fighting over. It’s quite a story, one that fascinates anyone who hears about it. And this month at Ventfort Hall, you will have a chance to learn the story that’s behind behind the story of the rich and reclusive Huguette Clark, who lived the gilded life in a gilded cage of her own making.

That’s because investigative reporter Bill Dedman of NBC News, was able to sniff out the real facts when he went in search of, and discovered, the fascinating, almost unbelievable details.

So spicy is the tale that it that it will appear in hardcover this month, in a book he titles “Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.”

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Secretive Twisty-Mystery Thriller “Accomplice” Opens at Shakespeare & Co. Sept. 21 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Accomplice @ Shakespeare & Company

by Larry Murray

There are some plays that you have to talk around, rather than about, because to say exactly what is going on would be to take the surprise out of a thrilling evening of theatre. Such is the case of Accomplice, a British comedy mystery that has more twists and turns than a Berkshire byway. Like Mousetrap and Deathtrap, the audience is asked to be mum about what happens on stage as well, and it is surprising how willing people are to play along.

So here is what we can tell you, direct from the Shakespeare & Company announcement which manages to skirt revealing any details in a news release that is 1,000 words long.

The thrill of not knowing

Shakespeare & Company will begin their Fall & Winter Season with this explosively exciting and comedic affair. A daring and sexy thriller, this British comedy is one twisted knot of tension, sure to delight and entertain.

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DibbleDance to perform SWAY at Shakespeare & Company Aug. 30-31 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
DibbleDance at Shakespeare & Company. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

DibbleDance at Shakespeare & Company. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

Shakespeare & Company Founding Company Member Susan Dibble returns with an entirely new work, SWAY, which features NYC, Boston and Berkshire-based performers. SWAY brings forth a village of characters that choose dance instead of dialogue to tell their life stories. Featuring the music of Keppie Coutts, Bob Dylan, Chopin and Dean Martin, SWAY will be presented for only two special performances! Dibble has choreographed numerous productions for Shakespeare & Company over the years, including a special piece for last summer’s 35th Season.

DibbleDance: SWAY features many long-time Dibbledance dancers and performers who are joined on-stage by a delightful gathering of Company artists and special guests. The production brings to life a sleepy village of characters in the country. Although the village may appear to be a secluded peaceful dreamworld, the town is bustling with unique individuals with big hearts, big ideas and even bigger desires.

Dibble has an intimate connection with the life of a small secluded town. “I love small towns – I grew up in one. Queen Elizabeth loved traveling and seeing dances in small villages. I wanted to make this piece about “The Mailman” and then I built other stories for characters who live in the imaginary small village,” explains Dibble. “I like to create characters, people that have big hearts, love to laugh and who face the troubles of the world.”

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LIVE: Goat Rodeo @ Tanglewood, 8/15/13

Monday, August 26th, 2013
Goat Rodeo (photo: Hilary Scott)

Goat Rodeo (photo: Hilary Scott)

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Hilary Scott

The answer to the question “Where’s My Bow?” is simple. It’s in your right hand. The question is a little tougher when it’s posed musically, as it was recently at Tanglewood.

“Where’s My Bow?,” in that context, is a composition handily assayed by the begoggling acoustic super-group, Goat Rodeo.

On a gorgeous summer night in Lenox, the quartet — Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan — followed the tune by crossing said bows like Musketeers, a taste of the humor that is evident in the crew’s recordings and performances alike.


Shakespeare & Company Opens “Kaufman’s Barber Shop” in Pittsfield [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, August 26th, 2013
A scene from Kaufman’s Barber Shop. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

A scene from “Kaufman’s Barber Shop.” Photo by Kevin Sprague.

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

Gail M. Burns: I really enjoyed “going to the theatre” at Upstreet Barbers on North Street in Pittsfield. Mission Bar + Tapas next door was bustling on a beautiful Friday evening in August, and the audience was encouraged to go there at intermission for a beverage or to use the facilities. Meanwhile the shop’s other neighbor, Dottie’s Coffee Shop, served as the “green room” for the actors. There was a great community feel. Upstreet owners Michael Rinaldi and Shawn Gurek are to be thanked for their hospitality. I hope this helps put them on the map!

Larry Murray: Shakespeare & Company never runs out of surprises and using the Upstreet Barber Shop as the setting for this play is a stroke of genius, and the location really is unique. Now I can say I have seen plays everywhere, from subway cars to Roman amphitheaters to the wooded glen at The Mount.

The challenges of getting Robert Sugarman’s play from concept to reality had to be a lot more difficult than it looks when you arrive at the improvised theatre.

Gail: Sugarman, a resident of Shaftsbury, VT, who has had several plays produced at Oldcastle, did several rewrites on the play just in the process of mounting this production. He had to change the time of year from Christmas to the early summer so that the actors didn’t die of heat stroke in winter clothes, and he had to accommodate director Regge Life’s decision to add music. His first idea was to have someone play the piano, but their discovery that actor Malcolm Ingram played the ukulele averted the issue of moving such a cumbersome instrument on site. I really enjoyed the musical interludes and the cast’s expert harmonies.

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Fascinating Modern Irish Drama, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” at Shakespeare & Company [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Tina Packer as Mag, Elizabeth Aspenlieder as Maureen in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”. Photo by Enrico Spada

Tina Packer as Mag, Elizabeth Aspenlieder as Maureen in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” Photo by Enrico Spada

Theater review and discussion by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Gail M. Burns: The Beauty Queen of Leenane (pronounced leh-NAN) rocketed playwright Martin McDonagh to fame at age 25 when it opened in the West End in 1996.

Two years later he became the first playwright since William Shakespeare to have four of his plays produced professionally in his native London in a single season. While he has become known as a great Irish playwright, his knowledge of life in the rural parts of western Ireland about which he writes is based on recollections from summer vacations and the tales told by his Galway-born father. McDonagh is as English as they come.

Larry Murray: Well, you could have fooled me. All that Irish talk on stage was like watching actors speaking some sort of foreign patois. That word “Brogue” or accent comes from the Irish word, “barróg,” which means “accent” or “speech impediment,” you know. But I would call Martin McDonagh an Anglo-Irish playwright since, while he was brought up in the Irish section of London by Irish parents, he did return to the ould sod frequently during his life. More importantly, it is clear that he developed a love for the Irish form of story telling, and in The Beauty Queen of Leenane – which he says he wrote in a week and a half – he surely has a fascinating tale to tell, don’t you think?

Gail: Set in 1989 in the small village of Leenane in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland, the play centers on the life of Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old virgin who is the sole caregiver to her 70 year-old mother, Mag. Two sisters have escaped into marriage and family life, but Maureen, with a history of mental illness, is trapped in a small, bleak cottage and in an overly dependent, seriously dysfunctional relationship with her mother.

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