Time Stands Still

Time Stands Still plays at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts through October 13. The play  addresses much that concerns us as we watch television or read magazines and newspapers and see the visual accounts of distant wars. The story is also a personal one of people in complicated relationships. As usual at Shakespeare and Company, the actors absorb you into their world of these friends and lovers. We always marvel at how skillfully the actors  move from Shakespeare to contemporary plays and are fully the specific characters they are performing. This is absorbing theatre on every level. Listen to our brief comments on the play Time Stands Still

Watch the trailer Time Stands Still trailer

Read the reviews Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

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Mark Zeisler, Caroline Calkins, David Joseph and Tamara Hickey

 

David Joseph, Mark Zeisler and Caroline Calins

 

Mark Zeislre, David Joseph and Tamara Hickey

Slow Food

The Dorset Theatre Festival presents Slow Food, a delightful comedy through August 31. This play  ends a fine season of plays at the Festival. While you are laughing at this play, you care about the characters. The three actors, Peri Gilpin, Dan Butler and Greg Stuhr are wonderful in their parts. The audience may be laughing continuously, but the couple is earnestly focused on getting  dinner while the waiter presents obstacle after obstacle in his equally earnest attempt to help them get only the very best. Since this play has a short run, click on our discussion below.

Slow Food Discussion 

Then go to the Dorset Theatre Festival website or call (802) 867-2223

For reviews check Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Peri Gilpin, Dan Butler and Greg Stuhrr

Oklahoma!

The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents  Oklahoma! through September 1. This last production of a successful season of outstanding productions of a variety of musicals should not be missed. There have been many productions  recently of this American classic, first performed in 1943. This one must be among the finest thanks to the wonderful performers, the  intimacy of the arena stage at the Mac-Haydn and the fine direction by John Saunders.   Bob an I had the pleasure of talking to the three  principals who play Curly, Laurie, and Jud before the opening night performance. Once again, we were awed by the transformation that takes place when actors become different people on stage. Listen to the thoughtful discussion by clicking on this link, Oklahoma! Discussion

Then click on Mac-Haydn Theatre website or call (519) 3929292 for tickets.

For other opinions click on Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Rob Brinkmann (Jud) Meredith Lustig (Laurey) and James Benjamin Rodgers (Curly)

Cathy Lee Visscher (Aunt Eller) and other cast members
James Benjamin Rodgers (Curly) and Meredith Lustig (Laurey)

 

 

Fall Springs

Barrington Stage Company presents a world premiere musical, Fall Springs at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage through August 31. This musical shows that tackling contemporary problems through music can be entertaining while conveying a message. Gimmie Science is a delightful song that should be heeded.  Given the environmental issues we face, this is a timely reminder that even small towns have choices to make for their own welfare. The talented cast makes these points through the lively music and dialogue so that even as disaster strikes, there is hope. Click on link

Fall Springs Discussion for our thoughts about the production.

For information and tickets go to Barrington Stage Company or call 413-236-8888

For reviews click on Bershire Theatre Critics Association

Topdog/Underdog

 Topdog/Underdog plays at Shakespeare and Company’s Tina Packer Theatre through September 8. The play by Suzan-Lori Parks was named by the New York Times as the most important American play in the last twenty-five years. Set in the present, the play is haunted by the history of black families in the United States. Dealing with issues that resonate in their personal lives, the brothers are also facing the  larger problem of survival. Booth is a skilled shop lifter and Lincoln is a reformed card shark.  In the small space they share emotions range from brotherly love to sibling rivalry as they help and hurt each other. There are joyous moments and sad ones. You can listen to what Bob and I thought of the play by clicking on Topdog/Underdog discussion. 

For tickets click on Shakespeare and Company   or call (413) 637-3353

For reviews click on Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Watch the video of the cast and director discussing the play

Deaon Griffin-Pressley and Bryce Michael Wood

 

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare and Company presents The Merry Wives of Windsor through September 1. This rollicking comedy is presented outdoors in The Roman Garden Theatre. This lovely space is ideal for the comings and goings of the various characters. Queen Elizabeth must have been delighted to see how the women outwitted the men. Shakespeare’s comedies often border on farce. One can imagine the Bard of Avon being a top comedy writer in every period and with every medium. Some of the great comedians of film and television would have found his material just what they wanted. This comedy should be produced more frequently than it is. Bob and I discuss this production in greater detail. Click on the link Discussion of Merry Wives of Windsor

For tickets click on Shakespeare and Company   or call (413) 637-3353

For reviews click on Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Then watch Director Kevin Coleman video

 

Nigel Gore, Jennie Jadow and MaConnia Chesser
Cloteal l. Horne and Nigel Gore
Martin Jason Aspre7, Tobias Goodman, Jennie Jadow and MaConnia Chesser