Mothers and Sons


Mothers and Sons 
by Terrence McNally runs at Shakespeare and Company until September 9. This is a compelling  examination of a mother still grieving the death of her son. After many years She visits his ex-partner who has  moved on with a new partner. This often witty play examines a contemporary issue and how it plays out in terms of family relationships.

Bob and I were deeply moved by the production and were fortunate to  discuss the play with the director, James Warwick, actress Annette Miller who plays the mother, and David Gow who plays Will Ogden, the new partner.

To listen to our interview, click below

Mothers and Sons Interview with director and cast members

For tickets go to the theatre’s website or call (413) 637-3353

Shakespeare and Company website

To read reviews of the play, click below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Watch video of cast

Mothers and Sons video

 

Mothes and Sons 1

 

 

 

 

Heisenberg

 Heisenberg is an intriguing play which runs through September 2nd at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA.  The playwright, Simon Stephens, is widely produced throughout Europe and the United States. His plays like Heisenberg and  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night have challenging themes and quirky characters. The production at Shakespeare and Company is closing soon. It is worth seeing to enter the world of these unique characters.

Bob and I talked with Tamara Hickey and Malcolm Ingram about their experience with the play. Click below to hear what they have to say.

Tamara Hickey and Malcolm Ingram discussing Heisenberg

Director Tina Packer talks about the play with Tamara Hickey in the video below

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For tickets click on website below

Shakespeare and Company website

You can read what the critics have to say by clicking below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

 

 

Proof

Proof, David Auburn’s prize winning play, opens at Oldcastle Theatre Friday, August 31 and runs through September 9. The play focuses on the daughter of a recently deceased mathematician who developed a proof that will change mathematical thinking. The play goes back and forth in time and raises intriguing issues about the nature of creativity.

Bob and I talked about the play with three of the four actors in the play who discussed the challenges of this particular play as well as the challenges of being actors.

Click below to listen to the discussion

Discussion of Proof with the actors

There are matinees as well as  evening performances. Check the Oldcastle website for details.

Oldcastle website

Some rehearsal pictures

 

Talley Beth Gale

Halley Cianfarni
Ethan James Botwick

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annie

The Mac-Haydn Theatre is ending its season with a production of Annie which will run through September 2. This is an outstanding conclusion to an outstanding  50th Anniversary season. The musical score is filled with great songs.  Most people will remember Tomorrow,  but Easy StreetIt’s The Hard Luck Life,  Little Girls, and N.Y.C . are also great and that is just the first act. Whether you have seen a stage production, or one of the movies or the television show. there is something special seeing it on the Mac-Haydn arena stage where the audience surrounds the fourteen little girls that drive Miss Hannigan crazy and the chorus comes singing down the aisles.

On opening night Bob and I had the pleasure of  talking with George Dvorsky who plays Daddy Warbucks, Corrine Tork who plays Grace Farrell, and Gabe Belyeu who plays FDR.

Listen to our discussion by clicking below

Annie discussion with the actors

Then go to The Mac-Haydn website to order tickets before all the shows are sold out

The Mac-Haydn Theatre website

Read what the critics have to say

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Tina Packer – Shakespeare and Gender Workshop

After rehearsing Heisenberg for four weeks, the play opened and  on opening night, director Tina Packer saw her fine work appreciated by an enthusiastic audience. Many directors would catch their breath and take a break. However, Tina Packer is speaking on the relevance of Shakespeare in today’s troubled times with an  OLLI group at the Berkshire Museum on August 29. On August 31 to September 2nd she will present her workshop on Shakespeare and Gender at Shakespeare and Company. Then she will offer a Public Speaking Workshop on September 21-23, also at Shakespeare and Company.

Bob and I were fortunate to talk with Tina about the Shakespeare and Gender workshop while she was still working on Heisenberg. Given her wonderful book  and performances of Women of Will, Tina is the right person to be discussing issues of gender in Shakespeare’s work. As usual, she inspired us to think freshly about Shakespeare and contemporary gender issues.
Click below to hear what she has to say.
For more information about educational programs and productions, go to Shakespeare and Company’s website.

 

Williamstown Theatre Box Office Manager

               William Haltiwanger

Theatregoers either call the theatre or go online to order tickets.  The theartregoers may have heard about a play from their friends, seen an ad for it, or read a review. Others who want to save money and get their preferred seats might become subscribers before the season opens. However, they choose, when the special night or afternoon comes, an usher scans their tickets, another gives them their program and another shows them to their seats. All of this runs smoothly because of the skill of the Box Office Manager. Bob and I were fortunate  to interview William Haltiwanger, The Williamstown Theatre Festival Box Office Manager to find out how it all works.

Interview with William Haltiwanger

Williamstown Theatre Festival website

 

The Petrified Forest

The Berkshire Theatre Group is presenting The Petrified Forest  at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage through August 25. This is a rare opportunity to see this much acclaimed play that is probably best known as a film even though in 1935 the play was a hit on Broadway. Robert Sherwood is one of the United States’s outstanding playwrights who is not often produced now, even though he is a an important part of theatrical history. Many of his plays were transformed into films, but even those are not often seen.  This is an opportunity for an entertaining night in the theatre as well as the chance to see a landmark in play writing directed by David Auburn who is also a prize winning playwright.

Bob and I discuss the production as well as the playwright. Click below to listen to our discussion.

The Petrified Forest Discussion

Then click on The Berkshire Theatre Group for tickets and information about other events and plays.

Berkshire Theatre Group website

Click on the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association to read reviews of the play

Watch the video below of the cast talking about their characters

The Petrified Forest cast video

The 1935 stage cast and set
The Berkshire Theatre Group cast and set 2018