Posts Tagged ‘Stockbridge’

THEATER: Edgar Allan Poe’s Life and Death on Stage at the Unicorn [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 6th, 2014
The cast of “Poe” – a world premiere written and directed by Eric Hill at the Unicorn Theatre. (photo: Christina Riley)

The cast of “Poe” – a world premiere written and directed by Eric Hill at the Unicorn Theatre (photo: Christina Riley)

Theater review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Larry Murray: We’re just weeks away from Halloween, and as if to set the mood for an evening with Poe we had a wonderfully spooky ride through darkness, rain, and fog as we made our way to the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Poe is a new work, getting its world premiere by the Berkshire Theatre Group.

With all the movies featuring grunting zombies, slashers and hauntings constantly being offered to us via Netflix and the local multiplex, one might wonder whether the world has forgotten one of the pioneers of horror, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). All you need to do is listen to Kate Maguire recite “The Tell Tale Heart” in this play to remember how penetrating true horror can be. She’s doing exactly that in the photo above, with David Adkins (far left), as Poe, listening raptly.

Gail M. Burns: Even though I am not a fan of Poe, or of the horror genre in general, I recognize him as an extraordinary writer – one of the first Americans ever to attempt to earn his living solely by his pen. If he had been a sober and careful steward of his finances, that plan might have worked out better than it did…

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Eric Hill Directs “Poe” as Kate Maguire Returns to Stage with David Adkins for a World Premiere [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

POE at Berkshire Theatre Group

Just reading a story by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) out loud to friends is enough to send chills down the spine. The briliance of Poe seems to literally jump off the page and into our imagination in a way few other writers have ever achieved. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story.

So it comes as exciting news that the Berkshire Theatre Group will be staging Poe, a world premiere at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Opening night is Saturday (October 4) at 8pm. Preview performances begin on tonight (Thursday, October 2) at 7pm and the production closes on Sunday, October 26 at 2pm.

And as you might expect of Poe, this new work based on his writing has more than a couple of surprises up its own sleeve. For one, a rare appearance by Kate Maguire on stage as Mrs. O’Donnell. The longtime BTG alum, David Adkins returns to take the title role as the literary great and masterful wordsmith Edgar Allan Poe. Perfect for the autumnal Halloween season of October, the poetic and macabre tales of terror come to life in a brilliant reflection of Poe written and directed by Eric Hill.

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Workshop: Festival of Opera @ the Unicorn Theatre, Aug 23-31 [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Workshop Festival of Opera at the Unicorn Theatre

The Berkshire Theatre Group is planning a week-long Festival of Opera at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Performances begin Saturday (August 23) and run through Sunday, August 31.

Presented in workshop form, some of opera’s rising stars will be featured in staged presentation of La Traviata, A Lover’s Tale and songs from the Romantics in The Paris Salon.

“This year, for the first time, we’re bringing a little opera back to the Berkshires,” Artistic Director/CEO Kate Maguire explains. “We have a week long workshop featuring A Lover’s Tale, an extraordinary compilation of Dumas’ original story about the Lady of the Camellias, Charles’s Ludlam’s Camille and La Traviata all rolled into one. Also that week, we will present a staged performance of La Traviata and a wonderful compilation of songs from the Romantics featuring the lovely soprano Megan Weston.”

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Korean War Vet Fights Drugs and PTSD in Revival of “A Hatful of Rain” @ Berkshire Theatre Group [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Actor Tommy Schrider stars in A Hatful of Rain in Stockbridge. (file photo)

Actor Tommy Schrider stars in “A Hatful of Rain” in Stockbridge. (file photo)

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Michael V. Gazzo’s A Hatful of Rain, a poignant foray into the devastating effects of heroin in the life of a Korean War veteran at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge. Preview performances begin at 7pm Wednesday (August 13); opening night is 8pm Saturday (August 16); and the production closes at 8pm August 30.

Tickets to A Hatful of Rain are $42 to $62; all preview tickets are $42. Veterans receive 20% off full price tickets.

The war fought abroad is just as devastating as the war fought within. This rings devastatingly true for Johnny Pope (Tommy Schrider) a Korean War veteran who has safely returned home to New York City and now struggles with drug addiction after being heavily medicated during his hospital stay.

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James and Keira Naughton Preparing for Premiere of “Cedars” [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
James Naughton stars in Cedars at the Berkshire Theatre Group.

James Naughton stars in Cedars at the Berkshire Theatre Group.

Berkshire Theatre Group presents James Naughton in the world premiere of Cedars at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge. Opening night is Saturday (July 26) at 8pm; preview performances begin on Wednesday (July 23) at 8pm and the production closes Saturday, August 9 at 8pm.

In this world premiere, two-time Tony Award-winner James Naughton takes the stage as Gabe in Eric Tarloff’s one-man comedy, a raw and witty exploration of an estranged father-son relationship. Cedars is directed by Naughton’s daughter, Keira Naughton, who is a long-time BTG artist. She has acted in productions including: Birthday Boy, Macbeth, Faith Healer and The Book Club Play and most recently directed a stage adaptation of Roman Fever by Edith Wharton which featured Kim Taylor and BTG’s Artistic Director, Kate Maguire in 2013.

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“The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful” at the Fitzpatrick Stage of BTG [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

The Mystery of Irma Vep @ Berkshire Theatre Gruop

Charles Ludlam’s classic romp of a gothic spoof is titled The Mystery of Irma Vep, A Penny Dreadful and opens the Berkshire Theatre Group’s season at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge. MA. Opening night is Saturday (June 28) at 8pm. Preview performances begin on Tuesday (June 24) at 8pm, and the production closes July 19 at 8pm.

Broadway actor Bill Bowers and Tony Award-nominated Tom Hewitt take on eight characters in this wonderfully different and diverting evening of theatre. Named one of the best plays of the 20th Century by The New York Times and Time Magazine and also chosen as a New York Times’ summer stages 2014 pick, Aaron Mark directs Charles Ludlam’s campy comedy which tells the pell-mell tale of Lady Enid (Hewitt) and Lord Edgar (Bowers), who arrive one stormy night at a haunted and dreary estate to investigate the sudden disappearance of Irma Vep. Side-splitting antics and mysteries unfold as the two journey from the London manor to the ancient pyramids in Egypt with vampires, werewolves, mummies and more in tow in this satire of Victorian melodrama, gothic horror and classic films.

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BTG Adds “Lincoln’s Shakespeare” with Brian Dennehy, John Douglas Thompson, Kathleen Chalfant and Sam Waterston [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
(l to r) Briand Dennehy, Kathleen Chalfant, Sam Waterston, John Douglas Thompson.

(l to r) Brian Dennehy, Kathleen Chalfant, Sam Waterston, John Douglas Thompson.

“Lincoln’s Favorite Shakespeare” is a special one-time-only event to take place at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage of Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge, on Thursday, August 14 at 4pm. A reception immediately follows at Chesterwood.

A quartet of noted actors will take to the boards for this tribute. Their names are legend: Brian Dennehy, John Douglas Thompson, Kathleen Chalfant and Sam Waterston, all four donating their performances to the event. The quartet will present scenes and soliloquies that were known and loved by Abraham Lincoln.

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Jayne Atkinson and Susan Rose bring “Motherhood Out Loud” to the Berkshires [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
The actors prepare for Motherhood Out Loud at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge,

The actors prepare for Motherhood Out Loud at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge,

Great Barrington, MA, February 28, 2014 – Two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson (CRIMINAL MINDS, HOUSE OF CARDS) will direct a benefit production of MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge on March 28th and 29th as part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Proceeds from the production, co-produced by Atkinson and Susan Rose, will benefit WAM Theatre and the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.

The cast will feature Jane Kaczmarek (MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE and the upcoming FOX sitcom HERE’S YOUR DAMN FAMILY), Michel Gill (HOUSE OF CARDS) and Academy Award winner James Lecesne, as well as local guest artists Amber Chand, Tammy Denease, Tyler Malik, Corinna May, Rachel Siegel and Barbara Sims. After successful productions across the country, including an off-Broadway run at Primary Stages in New York City, this will be its Berkshire premiere.

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