America V.2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro

America V.2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro  is at the St. Germain Stage of The Barrington Stage Company through June 30. It offers a unique theatrical experience and should not be missed.  It simultaneously comments on our past, present and future in regard to race in this country. The Barrington Stage Company is in its 25th year and during that time it has offered a range of thought provoking, always engaging plays. We have seen fresh productions of traditional musicals and new interpretations of classical plays as well as new musicals and new plays, often on the St. Germain Stage. This production is in the Barrington Stage tradition of plays that challenge you while you are enjoying them, giving you much to savor and think about as you recall them.

Listen to our discussion of the play, by clicking below

Discussion of The Sad Demise and Eventual Extinction of the American Negro

Then go to the Barrington Stage website for tickets and information about the rest of the season

Barrington Stage

or call 413-236-8888

 

Sunset Boulevard

The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents  Sunset Boulevard through June 30th. Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing the three principal performers Elizabeth Ward Land,  Pat Moran, and James Zannelli. Having an informative conversation with three nice people increased our anticipation of the performance. However, something happened when we went into the theatre. Those three people disappeared and on stage were three different people, Norma Desmond, Joe Gillis and Max von Mayerling. They were so completely those characters that we even forgot the actors who had played those roles in the movie upon which this Andrew Lloyd Weber musical is based. That is the magic of theatre and why we keep going.

Click on the interview below.

Sunset Boulevard Interview

For tickets click below for the theatre’s website or call 518-392-9292

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     Pat Moran, Elizabeth Ward Land

 

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               James Zannelli, Elizabeth Ward Land, Pat Moran

The Waverly Gallery

Bob and I were eager to see The Waverly Gallery. We had read the enthusiastic reviews about the recent Broadway revival with Elaine May and were intrigued by the subject. More than that, however, was that the Shakespeare and Company cast consisted of actors whose performances we had enjoyed in past productions of many different plays. Seeing it, we were engrossed each moment with their performances of this story of a vital woman slipping into Alzheimer’s Disease After you listen to our discussion of the play by clicking below on

Discussion of The Waverly Gallery

Order tickets by going to Shakespeare and Company’s website  Shakespeare and Company  or call 413-637-3353.

For reviews of the play click on Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

You can also view this video about the play.

Shakespeare and Company Waverly Gallery Video

Red

Oldcastle Theatre Company presents Red an absorbing play about the painter Mark Rothko through June 23. Two outstanding actors, Peter Langstaff and Brandan McGrady, keep the audience’s attention focused on the painter and his assistant as they bring to life the conflicts within the artist and between him and the assistant. The intimacy of Oldcastle theatre brings the audience close to the drama as each scene shows the struggles that go into artistic creation. Bob and I discuss the play and the performance below.

Discussion of Red

For other opinions of the play, click on The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Then go to the Oldcastle Theatre website or call 802-447-0564 for tickets

 

 

 

Peter Langstaff and Brendan McGrady

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curtains

The Mac-Haydn Theatre is presenting  Curtains by Kander and Ebb through June 16.  This musical offers mystery, comedy and music in one delightful package. Bob and I interviewed three of the main members of the cast on opening night.  We learned about them, the musical, and the magic  of performances at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, New York.  After you listen to the interview, by clicking below,

Curtains Interview

contact Mac-Haydn on line

http://www.machaydntheatre.org/ or call 518-392-9292 for tickets

To hear what others thought about the production.

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

 

 

The Goat or Who is Sylvia?

The Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge, Massachsetts is presenting The Goat or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee at The Unicorn Theatre until June 15. This  intriguing play received a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play when it was produced on Broadway in 2002. The play is well served by an outstanding cast in this production. After clicking below to listen to our discussion of the production, click on the link to The Berkshire Theatre Group to order tickets or call 413-977-4444. This is a theatrical experience you don’t want to miss.

 

Discussion of The Goat or Who is Sylvia?

The Berkshire Theatre Group

For other responses to the play, click on The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

 

 

Camelot – Mac-Haydn Theatre

Mac-Haydn Theatre begins its 51st season with Lerner and Lowe’s landmark musical Camelot. The musical was one of John Kennedy’s favorites, particularly the last song when Arthur instructs a young boy, “Don’t let it be forgot.,That once there was a spot, For one brief shining moment, That was known as Camelot”

Bob and I had seen the original production in New York. Richard Burton and Julie Andrews were no longer in the cast at that point.  Robert Goulet still was. To be honest, we liked the Mac-Haydn production better. Camelot is running Wednesday to Sunday until June 2. You don’t want to miss it.

After clicking on the link below and listening to our discussion, you can click on the link to the theatre below or call 518-392-9292 for tickets.

Discussion of Camelot

Mac-Haydn Theatre