Posts Tagged ‘Stageworks/Hudson’

Spencer Day Previews New Album in Hudson [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Spencer Day. Photo by Greg Allen.

Spencer Day. Photo by Greg Allen.

Stageworks/Hudson presents Spencer Day in concert, a special one-night-only event with the acclaimed singer-songwriter whose performance will include a sneak preview of new music from his upcoming album, Angel City. The concert takes place at 8pm on Saturday (October 10), and tickets are $20. A reception follows the performance with complimentary wine and chocolates from local chocolatiers.

Fusing jazz, pop and soul, Day is a crooner with a fiercely impassioned and intelligent hybrid vibe. Day’s emergence on the Billboard jazz charts with his 2009 Concord Records debut, Vagabond, reflects the widening interpretation of the genre. For 10 years, Day has wooed audiences around the world at venues as diverse as Birdland in New York, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Jazz Alley in Seattle, the Pacific Rim Jazz Festival in Manila, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, and on national television on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” His number one hit, “Till You Come to Me,” remained on the Billboard Jazz Charts for 47 weeks.

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COMEDY: Unitard’s “House of Tards” @ Stageworks/Hudson on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, June 26th, 2015
The comedy trio Unitard (David Ilku, Mike Albo and Nora Burns) perform “House of Tards” (photo: Tom Ackerman)

The comedy trio Unitard (David Ilku, Mike Albo and Nora Burns) perform “House of Tards” (photo: Tom Ackerman)

It’s been described as “incredibly vicious and relentlessly hilarious,” and has recently played LA, SF and New York City’s legendary Stonewall Inn. The acclaimed show House of Tards by the comedy trio Unitard returns to Hudson’s Stageworks/Hudson for one night only on Saturday (June 27), directed by Paul Dobie (assistant director for Broadway productions of Cabaret, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Glengarry Glen Ross, Wicked, Thoroughly Modern Millie).

Unitard – the NYC sketch comedy trio formed by Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David Ilku – is wildly twisted, outspoken and fabulous. For over 15 years, they have performed from coast to coast at such venues and festivals as We’re Funny That Way, the Aspen Comedy Festival, Toyota Comedy Festival, Joe’s Pub, HBO Workspace, PS122, Highways, Sketchfest, the Andy Warhol Museum, Theater Offensive and more. Some of their work has been featured on, CNN, Bravo, VH1, Logo TV and Comedy Central.

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Telling the Truth Can Torpedo a PR Career: “The Fiery Sword of Justice” at Stageworks/Hudson [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
Lauren Letellier (photo: Michael Blase)

Lauren Letellier (photo: Michael Blase)

A comedic cautionary tale about a high powered public relations executive whose compulsive truth-telling torpedoes her career, The Fiery Sword of Justice is written and performed by Lauren Letellier. Stageworks/Hudson in Hudson will present the play at 8pm on Friday (June 12) for one night only. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by phone at 518.822.9667 or online.

Funny, engaging and thought provoking, the play explores the harrowing — and hilarious — similarities between family and work-place dysfunction. Raised by a narcissistic mother with a star complex, Lauren developed childhood coping strategies that helped her survive — and even thrive — in corporate America. But when the price of success becomes too high, she discovers that the only way to determine her future is to examine her past. The Fiery Sword of Justice played to sold-out houses at the 2014 NY International Fringe Festival, where critics called it “bold, funny, wise and brave,” “wicked, sharp and funny” and “a story rich with heartache, humor, corruption and the longing for the truths in life.”

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A Stunning “Stockholm” Gets its American Premiere at Stageworks/Hudson [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
Emily Gardner Hall and Jason Babinsky in Stageworks/Hudson’s 2013 production of STOCKHOLM. Photo: Rob Shannon.

Emily Gardner Hall and Jason Babinsky in Stageworks/Hudson’s 2013 production of STOCKHOLM. Photo: Rob Shannon.

Theater review by Roseann Cane

In Hinduism, Kali is the Dark Mother, goddess of destruction, death and time. One of religion’s fiercest deities, she is frequently portrayed standing with one foot on top of her husband Shiva, who has thrown himself at her feet to stop a killing rampage.

“Stockholm,” in its American premiere at Stageworks/Hudson, explores one day in the life of Todd (Jason Babinsky) and Kali (Emily Gardiner Hall), a couple who appear to be blessed with deep love, earth-scorching passion and material success. As they prepare to celebrate Todd’s birthday and an upcoming trip to Sweden, they reveal the complexity of their relationship and the frightening grip of their connection. They are hostages to a cycle of eros and annihilation, at turns captors and victims, each craving escape and envelopment. More succinctly, Todd and Kali have Stockholm Syndrome.

Bryony Lavery’s stunning script is fittingly (and ironically) non-linear, weaving spoken word, choreography, sound, and visual effects in a way that transmits Todd and Kali’s imprisonment like a punch in the gut and wends its way into the observer’s psyche.

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American Premiere of “Stockholm” at Stageworks/Hudson, Aug 14-Sept 1 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Emily Gardner Hall and Jason Babinsky in Stageworks/Hudson’s 2013 production of “Stockholm”. Photo: Rob Shannon.

Emily Gardner Hall and Jason Babinsky in Stageworks/Hudson’s 2013 production of “Stockholm”. Photo: Rob Shannon.

Stageworks/Hudson continues its 2013 season with the American premiere of Stockholm by Tony nominated (Frozen) Bryony Lavery on Friday, August 16, 2013. Preview performances are August 14 and 15. Stockholm runs Wednesdays through Sundays through September 1 at Stageworks’ Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, 41 Cross Street, Hudson, New York.

Stockholm features Broadway veteran Jason Babinsky and newcomer Emily Gardner Hall. The play is directed by Laura Margolis, artistic director of Stageworks, and is choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of Decadancetheatre.

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Media Watch: Critics…

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Imagining MadoffThumbs up? Thumbs down?

Obviously, the theater critics at Nippertown’s two largest daily newspapers have diametrically opposed opinions about Obie Award-winning playwright Deborah Margolin’s controversial new play, “Imagining Madoff,” and its production under the direction of Laura Margolis at Stageworks/Hudson in Hudson.

Check out these excerpts from their recent reviews:

Michael Eck of The Times Union:
“(Deborah) Margolin’s dialogue is wonderful, and (director Laura) Margolis’ cast makes it sing. There are surprisingly few monologues, as the actors are addressing others rather than simply speaking their minds. But the structure feels electric and highly theatrical. John Pollard’s thrilling set, which reaches deep into the bowels of the building, seems to set the story in the present and in the biblical past all at once. Andi Lyons’ lights are simple and bright, like an interrogation. And Jeffrey Lependorf’s spartan sound design makes itself feel present when needed. Again, Margolis’ cast is excellent, with all three players offering top notch turns.”

Carol King of The Daily Gazette:
“Sadly, the playwright’s intention is unclear. Her title, ‘Imagining Madoff,’ is ambiguous, and so is the play. After more than an hour and a half of tortuous dialogue without intermission, I was unable to come up with an explanation or justification for this piece.”

Stageworks’ production of “Imagining Madoff” continues through Saturday, August 7.

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