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LIVE: Berkshire Theatre Awards Show @ Barrington Stage Co.’s Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, 11/13/16 [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
At the Berkshire Thaetre Awards: (l to r) William Finn, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Larry Murray and Debra Jo Rupp.

At the Berkshire Theatre Awards: (l to r) William Finn, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Larry Murray and Debra Jo Rupp

By Larry Murray

This past Sunday night at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield, something wonderful happened. With just about every theater company from miles around in attendance, the Berkshire theater community honored its own at the Berkshire Theatre Awards. The event ran for some two hours, with plenty of socializing before and after the awards themselves. With just two brief moments on stage to welcome everyone and to present the Larry Murray Award to Julianne Boyd of Barrington Stage Company, I was able to watch what a committee of theater critics, with a little help from their theater friends, was able to throw together. It was pretty impressive.

Those in attendance laughed heartily as emcees Peter Bergman and Macey Levin made jokes and engaged in funny bits of stage business as they doled out their precious plaques to some 25-plus recipients in record time. But it was the non-stop applause for all the nominees, each of whom was mentioned, that brought joy to my heart. So it is this brilliant collection of theater people that get my first thanks, for giving us such a wonderful choice of great plays and musicals to choose from.

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Celebrating the Winners of the Berkshire Theatre Awards [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, November 11th, 2016
(left) J. Peter Bergman and (right) Elizabeth Aspenlieder

(left) J. Peter Bergman and (right) Elizabeth Aspenlieder

The winners of the inaugural Berkshire Theatre Awards will gather at 5pm on Sunday (November 13) at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage Co. in Pittsfield. Along with members of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association, they will raise a glass of bubbly in celebration of the exciting 2016 theater season nearing its conclusion, and the genesis of these awards in recognition of its importance to the community and economy of the region.

Headlining the evening’s entertainment are Elizabeth Aspenlieder and Debra Jo Rupp, award-winning actors who also make their homes here in the Berkshires. Hosts for the ceremony are J. Peter Bergman from The Berkshire Edge and Macey Levin from Berkshire on Stage, members of the Founders’ Committee.

The event has drawn the Berkshires’ theatrical community together in a show of support that is rare for the off-season. Making an appearance are the four major Berkshire theater companies, and the half-dozen smaller troupes who contribute so much to our year-round cultural life. Among the winners who will claim their awards are Julianne Boyd, Nehassaiu deGannes, Chris Demos-Brown, Jess Goldstein, Dana Harrison, Debra Jo Rupp, Tamara Tunie and Andre Ware.

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FESTIVAL FEVER: Made in the Berkshires Festival Is This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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Berkshire Theatre Group has announced the full schedule of events for the Made in the Berkshires Festival, which will be held this weekend (Friday-Sunday, November 11-13) at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield and the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Now in its sixth year, the festival is a celebration of local art and artists.

The sixth annual festival features cutting-edge theatrical works performed as staged readings, live music, film, short stories and dance in a festival atmosphere like no other. New and innovative pieces as well as established work will be presented by local Berkshire County playwrights, actors, directors, musicians and performers. Featured as performance blocks, Made in the Berkshires will allow audiences to enjoy the breadth and depth of the artistic talent that has landed in Berkshire County while celebrating the best in the visual and performing arts. Professional artists and artists-in-the-making gather to share their talent with the Berkshire community. The festival will once again be curated by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims, two local artists who have helped create the rich cultural tapestry that permeates this area.

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Mary Mott Stars in Her Play “Butter to the Edges” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, October 28th, 2016
Mary Mott

Mary Mott

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Butter to the Edges, by and with Mary Mott, directed by Bob Moss, at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge at 7pm on Saturday (October 29); 2pm on Sunday (October 30) at 2pm; 7pm on Saturday, November 5; and 2pm on Sunday, November 6.

Mott returns to the Unicorn Theatre for this humorous one-woman performance that takes us on a comedic ride, as she explores the subject of aging. Horrified by her most recent birthday, she set out to explore her innermost feelings on the subject of growing older. From sensible walking shoes to squatting, Colonel Sanders to bathing suits, organ donation to the network news, Mott takes our hand and leads us down the path of what’s ahead… and how to laugh about it.

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Havana Cuba All-Stars Head to Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
The Havana, Cuba All-Stars

The Havana Cuba All-Stars

The Havana Cuba All-Stars perform “Cuban Nights” at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 8pm on Thursday (October 20).

The Havana Cuba All-Stars is a band comprised of Cuba’s greatest and most prominent musicians, and is devoted to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music. The origin of the Havana Cuba All-Stars began when it was created to exemplify the great musical traditions of the Cuban people. This is their debut tour in the United States and Canada.

Drawing inspiration from their traditional Cuban Son, Cuba’s greatest musicians have created and maintained the songs and music of the rich culture of the Cuban people. Staying true to an acoustic base, they have developed a fresh sound with inventive songwriting. The “Cuban Nights” program is representative of the extraordinary musical legacy of this wonderful country.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Camping With Henry and Tom” @ Barrington Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Kevin O’Rourke, Patrick Husted & PJ Benjamin in Camping with Henry and Tom. Photo by Scott Barrow.

Kevin O’Rourke, Patrick Husted & PJ Benjamin in “Camping with Henry and Tom.” Photo by Scott Barrow.

Review by Macey Levin

At the opening night of Mark St. Germain’s play Camping with Henry and Tom, Julianne Boyd, artistic director of Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, declared for this season’s finale that she and her staff didn’t realize the relevance of the play when it was originally selected. Though first produced at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in 1993 when Ms. Boyd was artistic director there, the play could have been written last night with lines from the past week’s newscasts.

Some of the issues, personalities and catch-phrases that have been involved in the current presidential election are in this flawed but intriguing play. The characters – Thomas Alva Edison, Henry Ford and President Warren G. Harding – argue over corruption in government, the need for an outsider to be elected, sexual escapades of elected officials, immigration (Ford has an extensive speech in which he says, “First get rid of the Jews”) and “Let’s make America great again,” amongst other comments.

The premise of the play is partially based on an actual incident. Ford and Edison used to go camping together; St. Germain fictionalized their last trip, in 1921, by including Harding. They decide to leave the fictional campsite where their aides and the press have surrounded them to seek a quiet time. Ford, driving a Model T, veers to miss a deer on a mountainous road, disabling his car by running into a tree. Their first and continuing argument is what to do about the injured deer. Their attitude and decisions toward it mirror the development of the conflicts. While they wait to be rescued their various aspirations and personalities are revealed.

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THEATER: “Camping with Henry & Tom” at Barrington Stage Co. [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company presents Mark St. Germain’s award-winning play Camping with Henry and Tom, directed by Christopher Innvar. Camping with Henry and Tom previews begin on Wednesday (October 5) with an official opening set for Sunday (October 9). The play runs through Sunday, October 23.

In 1921, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Warren G. Harding took a camping trip together into the Maryland woods to escape civilization; what they couldn’t escape was each other. Inspired by an actual event, Camping with Henry and Tom is an exploration of friendship, politics and leadership—a comedic and dramatic clash of two great minds and one great heart of the twentieth century.

Camping with Henry and Tom features PJ Benjamin as Thomas Edison (Broadway: The Wizard in Wicked), Patrick Husted as Henry Ford (BSC’s An Enemy of the People), Fisher Neal as Colonel Starling (TV’s Person of Interest) and Kevin O’Rourke as Warren Harding (WGN America’s Outsiders and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire).

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THEATER REVIEW: “Tribes” @ Barrington Stage Co. [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
C. David Johnson, Deirdre Madigan, Joshua Castille, Justine Salata and Miles G. Jackson (photo: Scott Barrow)

C. David Johnson, Deirdre Madigan, Joshua Castille, Justine Salata and Miles G. Jackson
(photo: Scott Barrow)

Review by Macey Levin

For the deaf, there are four divisions: those born deaf, those who lose their hearing, those who lip read and those who use sign language. Playwright Nina Raines calls them, and other groups, “tribes” in the play of that same name currently at Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson Main Stage in Pittsfield.

Tribes is an intriguing play with some flaws. The first scenes introduce a highly dysfunctional North London family. The patriarch, Christopher (C. David Johnson) a self-involved former teacher turned writer, tries to rule his conflicted family with an iron hand and injurious comments. His wife Beth (Deirdre Madigan) argues with him and their two oldest children, who have recently returned to live at home, at the least provocation. Daniel (Miles G. Jackson) is a schizophrenic who has been rejected by a young woman his family abhorred. The daughter Ruth (Justine Salata), a depressive, believes she is an opera singer with an outstanding future. The youngest son Billy (Joshua Castille) attempts to ameliorate the conflicts with measured success. He has learned to speak by lip-reading his family and the guidance of his mother. Christopher feels that if Billy signs there will be a stigma covering his son. He declares, the deaf “…are the Muslims of the handicapped world.”

Into Billy’s life comes Sylvia (Eli Pauley), the child of deaf parents with whom she signs; she tells him she is slowly losing her hearing. Their initially tenuous relationship moves into a love affair; she helps him get his first ever job as a lip reader for the courts when videotapes do not have audio. When he brings Sylvia home to meet the family, she is subjected to an inquisition led by Christopher, especially when he learns she signs. Various confrontations soon develop between Billy and the family as well as with Sylvia.

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