Dig

The Dorset Theatre Festival  presents the world premiere of Dig  through July 27.  With its absorbing themes and complex characters, this play should have many future productions. The setting, an old shop filled with plants  is not the usual one for a play. The audience enters another world as it gets to know the complicated people who find solace in the plants they tend. Written and directed by Theresa Rebeck, this play offers insight into flawed but redeemable humans whom you care about.  For Bob and myself, seeing new plays is exciting as we enter lives we have known little or nothing of before. However much we enjoy a play, it is always a learning experience as people are brought to life through the skill of the actors and director. We have seen many plays by Theresa Rebeck and are always impressed by the diversity of her work as she explores the  stories of different people in various worlds. Try not to miss this play.

Discussion of Dig

For tickets click on Dorset Theatre Festival website or call 802 867-2223 Ext 101

For reviews click on Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Oldcastle Theatre presents Brighton Beach Memoirs through July 28. This production  should not be missed. Neil Simon was a prolific American playwright. At one point, it would have been difficult to imagine a season without a Neil Simon play being performed. This is the first of an autobiographical trilogy that has pleased audiences both in film and on stage for many years. Starting with Brighton Beach Memoirs, Simon’s work changed.  It was not any less humorous but there was a greater depth to the characters. They were not types as much as very human individuals.  All of this is beautifully captured in this production of the play. Given the intimacy of the Oldcastle Theatre and the outstanding acting and direction of the play, the audience feels emotionally connected to the Jerome family with its ups and downs. Over the years, Bob and I have seen productions of the play, but each production of a play is a unique experience.   The humor and the humanity of this family offer a special evening in the theatre. After listening to our discussion by clicking below,

Brighton Beach Memoirs Discussion

Click on the Oldcastle website. Oldcastle Theatre or call 802-447-0564 for tickets.

For reviews click on Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

 

Time Flies and Other Comedies

Barrington Stage Company presents Time Flies and Other Comedies at the St. Germain Stage through July 27. This delightful assortment of six comedies with five versatile actors moving through the various situations with flair and brilliant comedic timing. Each play is quite different and the actors change into the clothes, characters and situations with remarkable ease. The playwright, David Ives is well-know for his various sets of short plays that are challenging and amusing. This cast keeps the audience attentive and amused through all these unique and delightful plays.

After clicking below to listen to our discussion,

Discussion of Time Flies and Other Comedies   

Go to the Barrington Stage web site   or call 413-236-8888 for tickets and information about the rest of the season.

For other information and reviews click on Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Carson Elrod, Cary Donaldson, Debra Jo Rupp and Ruth Pferdehirt in Enigma Variations
Carson Elrod and Debra Jo Rupp in Variations on the Death of Trotsky
Carson Elfoed, Debra Joe Rupp, Cary Donaldson, Jeff McCarthy and Ruth Pferdehirt in The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage

Selling KabuL

Selling Kabul is playing through July 20. Like the other productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage , it is a World Premiere. Bob and I had not realized how short the run of the play was, but we are glad that we saw it and urge others to do so if they can. The play will be having an Off Broadway production at Playwrights Horizons in New York in March 2020. The intimate drama is worth seeing as it combines the human and the political while exploring the consequences of the United States breaking its promises to Afghan interpreters that they would receive visas to America. We see a young man who has put his wife, his child,, his sister and her husband and many others in danger as he hides from those who consider him a traitor for helping the Americans and other countries in this continuing war. Each of the actors brings his or her character to vivid life.    Williamstown Theatre Festival director Mandy Greenfield, is to be commended for producing new and thought provoking and moving plays that engage audiences while making them think.  Check out the other plays at the Festival so that you don’t miss any of the fine productions they offer.

Discussion of Selling Kabul

Below is a link to a video interview with the playwright and the director of Selling Kabul

Selling Kabul video

Go to the Williamstown Theatre Festival website for tickets by clicking below

Williamstown Theatre Festival website

or call 413-456-3253

 

 

The Living Room Theatre

The Living Room Theatre is a, professional  theatre company located in North Bennington, Vermont at the Park McCullough House. Bob and I have  attended their productions since the theatre opened eight years ago. Co-founded by Randolyn Zinn and Allen McCullough, the company has provided unique and exciting productions including Chekhov, Ionesco and Annie Baker among others. When we went to interview the company at Randolyn and Allen’s house, we remembered seeing their first production The Sea Gull on the lawns and in the living room of that house. Since then most of the productions have been in the Carriage Barn of the Park McCullough House.This year the production is an original comedy written by Randolyn Zinn. Click below for our interview

Lucy’s Wedding Interview

Since the production is only running two weeks, Wednesday through Sunday, July 17-July 28, call 802-442-5322  or click  Living Room Theatre  for tickets.

 

Here is a link to the Bennington Banner article about the production.  Bennington Banner

Reviews from The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

Sara Canter, Michael Broadhurst, KirkJackson, Will Gallacher. Colleen O’Connor, Karen Trott, Julia Valen
and playwright/director Randolyn Zinn

 

 

Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night
plays at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA through August 4th. This is one of Shakespeare’s most produced comedies. It is always delightful, no matter how many times   you see it.  For a play that starts with the line, “If music be the food of love, play on,”it seems appropriate that this production is filled with music. Set at the seaside in 1959, the play once again shows Shakespeare as a playwright for all times. The set, the costumes, the music reflect a particular time as well as all times. This Fifties were  when, as director Allyn Burrows points out, music was enjoying a new energy. Like the music, this production is vibrant and engaging. Click below to hear what Bob and I have to say about it.

Twelfth Night Discussion

Then click on Shakespeare and Company’s website or call  413-637-3353 for tickets and more information about the season.

For other views visit Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Twelfth Night Video

 

Bryce Michael Wood, Gregory Boover and Ella Loudon

 

Steven Barkhimer, Nigel Gore, Gregory Boover

 

Gregory Boover, Steven Barkhimer and Miles Anderson

 

Grease


Grease, 
the exuberant musical about teenagers in the 1950s, is playing at the Mac-Haydn Theatre through July 21. Bob and I had the pleasure on opening night of interviewing Anthony DaSilva who pays Danny Zuko, Emma Flynn who plays Sandy Drumbrowski and Madi Cupp-Enyard who plays Cha-Cha Digregorio and is assistant choreographer on this production.  Not having seen a production of this musical before, Bob and I were completely engaged by the energetic and talented performers.  Director/choreographer Sebastiani Romagnolo  did an outstanding job with this musical.  Click below to listen to our interview.

Grease interview

Then go to

  Mac-Haydn Theatre    or call 518-392-9292 for tickets

For reviews click on Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Anthony DaSilva and Emma Flynn
At the prom photos by Ann Kielbasa.