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

July 16th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Sara
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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Unicorn Preview: Carrie Newcomer: Gorgeous Music, Freshly Done [Berkshire on Stage]

April 17th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Sara

Carrie Newcomer sees life with great clarity.

Carrie Newcomer sees life with great clarity.

After releasing 13 albums, touring with Alison Krauss and Union Station, and being named one of the 50 most influential folk musicians in the past 50 years, she still enjoys writing music more than anything else. And while some things have changed a lot over the years, she still is as fresh and innocent as she was when she started out.

The music writers have tried to make a pop star of her, sometimes even gushing that the dark qualities of her voice is as luxurious as Godiva chocolate, or the time she spent in India with musicians as the next coming of John Lennon’s Norwegian Wood, but Carrie Newcomer focuses on just two simple things, the music and the story. All the wonderful things that flow from that are a bonus.

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