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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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Fast Growing WAM Theatre Announces New Plays, Events, Collaborations for its Fifth Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
WAM Theatre shares their love of theatre with all ages through their community collaborations, performances and special events.

WAM Theatre shares their love of theatre with all ages through their community collaborations, performances and special events.

WAM Theatre’s artistic director Kristen van Ginhoven has announced highlights of the 2014 season. The Berkshire-based professional theatre company will celebrate its fifth anniversary with an inspiring and thought-provoking series of plays readings, special events, panel discussions, and educational programs that continue its mission to focus on women artists and stories of women and girls.

“I’m delighted to announce the diverse programming we’ve planned for WAM Theatre’s fifth anniversary year,” said van Ginhoven. “While our main production occurs in the fall and will again be unveiled at our summer benefit event, we are thrilled to be offering an exciting line-up of events from March through September that fulfills our mission to share the stories of women and girls. This includes the launch of Fresh Takes, a wonderful new series of play readings that will feature local theater professionals.”

WAM Theatre’s fifth anniversary year begins in March with the Berkshire premiere of Motherhood Out Loud, a culturally and gender diverse series of monologues on the subject of motherhood, conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein and written by a host of celebrated writers. Motherhood Out Loud will be presented on March 28 and 29 at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

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“Mary and Edith” with Kim and Kate and Mary on Stage Together at the Unicorn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
(l to r) Kim Taylor, Kate Maguire and Mary Mott.

(l to r) Kim Taylor, Kate Maguire and Mary Mott.

Built on a foundation of success, the Berkshire Theatre Group’s presentation of Mary and Edith: Musings by Women a Century Apart is sure to delight lovers of literature when it is staged at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. The production opens Friday (October 4) and closes on Sunday, October 20.

Both Roman Fever and From Where I Sit were previously produced at the new works festival, “Made in the Berkshires” in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Due to popular response, BTG is producing the two works as a two-part evening of theatre celebrating the works of women writers in the Berkshires and presents an insightful, dramatic look into the lives of women a century apart.

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“Same Time, Next Year” at Berkshire Theatre Group still a clever, funny evening of theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, August 2nd, 2013
Corinna May and David Adkins in Same Time Next Year. Photo by Chris Frisina.

Corinna May and David Adkins in Same Time Next Year. Photo by Chris Frisina.

by Larry Murray

SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR begins in 1950 and charts the relationship of two lovers, Doris and George, who meet once a year for 25 years for an extra-marital love affair. While undeniably sexual, the relationship was also much more than that, it is also the reunion of two old friends. In between these trysts, they neither see nor communicate with each other, reverting to their regular lives, marriages, spouses and children.

The play uses six of these visits, about five years apart to delineate the changes happening in American culture. It ends in 1975, a pivotal point in the transition between the old ways of communitarianism and the new individualism. No play has been better at capturing the ferment leading to the “me decade”. And while it is a wonderful touchstone of the mid 20th Century, when its treatment of unconventional love and contemporary life was new, the play can sometimes seem quite dated. Even these scenes however are capable of stirring up old memories, and there is a genuine simplicity to the storyline which is refreshing in these complicated times.

“You can tell the time has changed, honey, because the bed covers are different,” noted one nearby theatre-goer to her husband. And indeed, the changing of the bedcovers by a trio of maids and a housekeeper was accomplished with some clever choreography and funny business by director Kyle Fabel. He also kept the actors onstage busy pouring coffee, making drinks, getting dressed and undressed, or playing the piano, dashing into the bathroom, and at one point, diving out a window.

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“The Cat and the Canary” to Get Immersive Production at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The Cat and The Canary

As the clock strikes midnight, the relatives of Cyrus West assemble at his mansion to read his will 20 years after his death. And so begins The Cat and the Canary in what the Berkshire Theatre Group is promising will be a cutting edge production of this classic mystery story. It will be performed at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge opening on August 3 at 8pm. Previews begin August 1 at 8pm and closes on August 24 at 8pm.

This thrilling and cutting edge production of the classic mystery, The Cat and the Canary, is led by Yale School of Drama directing student Ethan Heard. The cast, which features eight Yale School of Drama acting students and returning Brandeis acting student and BTG alumnus, Jonathan Young, will take the audience on an immersive journey to the haunted mansion of Cyrus West filled with frightening and fun surprises around every corner. An homage to classic mysteries and horror films in look and feel, The Cat and the Canary will introduce audiences to the best in up and coming theatrical talent, while providing suspense and entertainment galore.

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Review: Karen Allen Directs a Brutal, Breathtaking “Extremities” at the Unicorn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Molly Camp, Miriam Silverman, James McMenamin and Kelly McCreary in Extremities. Photo by Abby LePage.

Molly Camp, Miriam Silverman, James McMenamin and Kelly McCreary in “Extremities.” Photo by Abby LePage.

Review by Roseann Cane

At the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, “Extremities” opens with a fresh-faced young woman, the unemployed Marjorie (Molly Camp), lounging about the country cabin she shares with two roommates. There is something restless about Marjorie, even as she attempts to relax in her peaceful home. She flips through magazines and smokes, unable to sit still for long. From her kitchen she brings a plant outside through her unlocked screen door. “God damn it!” she yells abruptly, massaging her calf. She dashes into the kitchen and returns outside with a can of insect spray. She scoops the dead–or-dying wasp with a trowel and brings it inside, delicately transferring it to the ashtray on her coffee table, and thrusts the burning end of her cigarette into the creature.

Before long, a smiling man walks through that screen door, courteously asking to see “Joe.” But the smiling man, Raul (James McMenamin), has another plan; he intends to rape Marjorie, and the cruel, violent attack is breathtakingly difficult to watch, and impossible not to.

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THEATER: Jayne Atkinson, Treat Williams Roar and Clash in “The Lion in WInter” [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Review by Larry Murray

Treat Williams roars like a lion when his sons challenge him, while Jayne Atkinson quietly lies in wait, watching for her opportunity to strike back at the man responsible for her long confinement.

“What family doesn’t have its ups and downs?” asks Eleanor of Aquitaine in “The Lion in Winter” as the royal plots and plans swirl around King Henry’s palace at Chinon, France. It is Christmas, 1183, and she has been allowed out of prison and back across the channel to join Henry, his mistress Alnis Capet and his three sons Richard, John and Geoffrey. Their invited guest, Philip Capet, King of France, has no idea what an eventful holiday he is in for, since much of the deception and game playing also involves him as well.

Treat Williams as King Henry is truly Lord of the Manor as it is his incredibly fast mind that outwits and outsmarts every half-baked plan his sons come up with, while the fiery Eleanor is smarter than them all, sometimes even building deniability into her treachery.

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Burns and Murray Give Naches to Jonathan Epstein and New Stage for “The Jewish Jester” [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Robert D. Lohbauer (l) and Jonathan Epstein in “The Jewish Jester: A Fable With Music.”

Robert D. Lohbauer (l) and Jonathan Epstein in “The Jewish Jester: A Fable With Music.”

Review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Gail Burns: I didn’t know quite what to expect from “The Jewish Jester: A Fable With Music,” but with Jonathan Epstein in the leading role, how can you go wrong…

Larry Murray: He may be the lowly servant of the king in this play, but he’s also its star. Between Epstein and Robert Lohbauer, his co-star, it’s a pretty dynamic duo on stage, making a great evening entertainment out of a bit of a mushy play. Its advance publicity pointed out that it is a combination of Elizabethan English and Yiddish, but that is only the tip of the Word Play iceberg. It’s also puns, physical comedy and role reversals.

Gail: I was confused as the dialogue is sometimes Elizabethan, sometimes modern, sometimes in verse, sometimes in prose. I wanted to get my hands on a script to clarify playwright Daniel Klein’s rhyme and reason, but that is one of those perks the press can access that the average ticket-buyer can’t. No one should have waste time in the theater trying to figure out what the playwright is up to structurally.

Larry: As to the play itself, it’s like a sweet tsholnt, a Jewish stew that has been simmering for a long time. Some meshuggener (slightly crazy guy) named Daniel Klein put this concoction together. He’s the guy who wrote (with Thomas Cathcart) “Plato and a Platypus Walked into a Bar.” It takes a creative imagination to come up with a nudnik Jewish Jester and condemned King sharing the same jail cell, yet the whole megillah comes together at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

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