Posts Tagged ‘Pittsfield’

Swing Dancing with the Lucky 5 in Pittsfield on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

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The former Notre Dame church in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District, now known as the Shire City Sanctuary, is hosting the Shire City Rhythm Club’s evening of swing dancing with the Lucky 5 on Friday (April 15), featuring dancing from 8-11pm and free swing dance lessons from 7-8pm.

The Lucky 5 is a hard-swinging jazz band that blends swing and Gypsy jazz to create a unique, foot-stomping blend of music that appeals to a wide range of music lovers. The Lucky 5 performs both original compositions, as well as putting a new spin on old jazz standards.

The band is comprised of highly seasoned touring musicians, having been part of the Hunger Mountain Boys, Lauren Ambrose & the Leisure Class, and traveled, performed and recorded with such diverse artists such as Peter Gabriel, Tony Bennett, Neko Case, Iris Dement, Bobby Previte, Del McCoury and Jim Lauderdale, just to name a few.

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Mr. Finn Introduces Ridiculously Talented Songwriters [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

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The Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield has announced the return of Tony Award-winner William Finn’s popular Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know, But Should… on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at 8pm on Friday & Saturday, June 10 & 11. As usual Mr. Finn will at as emcee.

The slate of cabaret performers was also announced by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson.

Kicking off BSC’s Mainstage season will be two-time Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist William Finn and the next generation of talented musical theater writers in Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should. This brilliant group of young writers will share some of their newest songs with the help of four extraordinary singers, ridiculous talented in their own right. Mr. Finn walks us through what makes these songs and songwriters stand out! A funny, charming and insightful evening! Directed by Stephanie Yankwitt. Tickets to Songs by the Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists you Probably Don’t Know, But Should… are $30-$40.

Barrington Stage Company also announced the 2016 season of performances at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield.

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ArtBeat: Paintings by Joe Goodwin @ Berkshire Museum [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 1st, 2016
Vesica Piscis by Joe Goodwin,

Vesica Piscis by Joe Goodwin,

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield will present one of the best known Berkshire-based artists from the LGBTQ community, Joe Goodwin, in a solo show titled Liminal Artifacts: Recent Paintings in the Museum’s Ellen Crane Memorial Room from Saturday (April 2) through Sunday, June 19. An opening reception will be held from 5-7pm on Saturday. Tickets are $10; $5 children; FREE members. Please RSVP to 413.443.7171 ext. 313.

Goodwin’s abstract paintings appear ethereal, enigmatic and reflective, in atmospheric images that reference natural phenomena. Goodwin works in acrylic paint that he mixes from dry pigments and polymer emulsions, applied in an innovative layered process that involves additives such as marble dust and silica. The meticulous layering of paint and texture produces a distinctive sense of depth in the paintings.

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Barrington Stage Co. Adds Plays by A.R. Gurney, Jiehae Park [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 25th, 2016
Peerless by Jiehae Park follows its premiere at Yale Rep with a Barrington Stage production.

Peerless by Jiehae Park follows its premiere at Yale Rep with a Barrington Stage production.

Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company has announced two additional productions for their 2016 season, in addition to two one-night-only special events.

Following its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theater, Peerless by Jiehae Park (Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, Wondrous Strange), and directed by Margot Bordelon (Okay, Bye; At the Rich Relatives), will be the third production for the St. Germain Stage, with previews beginning on Thursday, July 21; opening night set for Sunday, July 24; and running through Saturday, August 6.

How far would you go to get into the college of your choice? When brilliant, ambitious twin sisters L and M realize that perfect academics and superb extracurricular activities aren’t enough to get into their dream college, they decide to take matters into their own hands. Peerless is a comedy … until it isn’t. Casting and creative team will be announced at a later date.

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Pittsfield’s Town Players Stage Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 11th, 2016
 (from left to right) Alanna Bassett as Jenny, director, Matthew T. Teichner , Jerry Greene as Adam and Leah Marie Parker as Evelyn. (photo: John Kickery of Kickery Kreative Photography)


(from left to right) Alanna Bassett as Jenny, director, Matthew T. Teichner , Jerry Greene as Adam and Leah Marie Parker as Evelyn. (photo: John Kickery of Kickery Kreative Photography)

How far would you go for love? For art? What concessions would you make? What price would you be willing to pay? Such are the painful questions explored by Neil LaBute in his play The Shape of Things – a modern retelling of the fall of man. After a chance meeting in a museum, Evelyn, a sexy, aggressive artist, and Adam, a shy insecure student, become embroiled in an intense affair. Before long it veers into the kind of dangerous, seductive territory that LaBute does best, as Adam, under Evelyn’s steady influence, goes to unimaginable lengths to improve his appearance and character. Only in the final and shocking exhibition, which challenges our most deeply entrenched ideas about art and love, does Evelyn reveal her true intentions.

Opening tonight (Friday, March 11) and with performances Friday through Sunday for two weekends, is Town Players of Pittsfield’s production of The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield.

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Berkshire Theatre Group Announces 2016 Season: From “Little Shop of Horrors” to “Cat on Hot Tin Roof” [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Judd Hirsch

Judd Hirsch

In one of the strongest programs it has offered in many years, the Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO Kate Maguire have announced their 2016 summer theater season plus an assortment of lively acts at The Garage and the Colonial Theatre. Some casting has been revealed – Judd Hirsch, David Adkins, Corinna May, Kate Baldwin and Graham Rowat with a further casting announcement and details to be made within the next several weeks.

Kate Maguire says, “Our 88th season offers a mix of treasured musicals and powerful plays. We are thrilled to present an array of productions, from Tony Award-winning classics to American and world premieres. This season is not to be missed!”

Tickets are now on sale. Summer season passes are available for purchase at $100 for a three-show pass, and $175 for a six-show pass, $75 for a three-show preview pass, $125 for a six-show preview pass.

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Theater Review: 10×10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Best In Class from the 10 x 10 plays at Barrington Stage 2016.

Best In Class from the 10 x 10 plays at Barrington Stage 2016 (photo: Scott Barrow)

Theater review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Larry Murray: As theater-lovers who live year round in the Berkshires, Gail, winter can be like Lent is for Catholics and others. What we seem to give up from January to April are the live performances that we thrive on the rest of the year. Which is why, for the fifth year in a row, we were delighted to get a generous serving of on-stage belly laughs, drama, pathos and even a bit of bathos at the opening of the fifth annual 10×10 Upstreet New Play Festival. The ten mind-tickling moments came from ten new ten-minute plays, all slices of life that shed light on things like beginning a relationship, or ending one.

Gail M. Burns: To paraphrase Forrest Gump, the 10x10s are like a box of chocolates. Each one is a treat; some will be your favorites, and some will be mine. And they are brief enough it takes you at least 3-5 minutes to decide this one’s not for you, which means it’s almost over anyway. Once again Barrington Stage Co. in Pittsfield has assembled a versatile cast of six: three men – Jake Keefe, Andrew May and Matt Neely – and three women – Madison Micucci, Kelley Rae O’Donnell and Peggy Pharr Wilson. Neely and Wilson are popular local actors and 10×10 veterans, while the rest are newcomers, but they work as a seamless ensemble here, as they are mixed and matched in a variety of roles.

Larry: The ten playwrights (three women, seven men) covered an amazing variety of topics, while Julianne Boyd and John Miller-Stephany split the role as directors with five plays each. Boyd has been artistic director of the company since its inception, and while Miller-Stephany is new to the company, he has an enviable record of success with the Guthrie in Minneapolis and before that with the Acting Company in New York City.

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“The Tempest” Comes to Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

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Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, with the Office of Cultural Development, is planning its third annual free outdoor production. For the summer of 2016 the organization has selected The Tempest, Shakespeare’s tale of revenge and redemption on a magical, mysterious island. The production, sponsored by local businesses and organizations led by Berkshire Money Management, will be directed by PSP’s artistic director Enrico Spada and will star long-time Berkshire actor Glenn Barrett as the wizard Prospero.

Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest takes place on an island inhabited by spirits and monsters and two humans, cast-offs from society: a wizard and his daughter. It’s the story of the old man’s revenge… or forgiveness. Playing the role of Prospero is Glenn Barrett, a founding member of Berkshire Public Theatre who has also appeared in numerous productions with Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company and Shakespeare & Company.

The Tempest opens on July 21, following that evening’s 3rd Thursday street festival. The production will run Thursdays-Sundays at 8pm for 12 performances, ending on August 7. Admission is free. Performances take place at the First Street Common in Pittsfield, located next to the Zion Lutheran Church.

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