American Underground

Barrington Stage Company presents American Underground at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage through October 20. This is a production that should not be missed. The play is absorbing minute by minute while raising questions that the audience will want to think about and discuss. The play opens with a man watching a game on his computer while his wife is worried that their son who attends college has not yet come home. When he arrives, they are relieved and Dad starts the barbecue. Although the boy is disturbed by what happened at the mall, all seems manageable until later that night there is a knock at the glass porch door. A young Muslim woman is asking for help. What happens  next you need to see for yourself.

After listening to our discussion of American Underground

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Natascia Diaz, Allan H. Green, Kathleen McNenny and Justin Winters
Rasha Zamamiri and Justin Winters

Water, Water, Everywhere

Oldcastle Theatre presents the world premiere of Water, Water Everywhere  Friday, October 4. The play runs Thursday to Sunday until October 20. Set in a fictional Vermont town, the play deals with the issue of contaminated water, a problem currently facing many communities. Along the way, WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE is a play with comedy, mystery and romance.  Eric Peterson, Artistic Producing Director of Oldcastle, wrote and directed the play. Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing Eric and two of the actors, Patrick  Shea and Natalie Wilder.  Patrick and Natalie enjoy returning to Oldcastle  where they met. Eric, Natalie and Patrick  discuss the process by which the play came to life as the actors portray  characters who populate the small town world the reporters of the local newspaper are exploring.

Water, Water Everywhere Interview

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Natalie Wilder and Ed Rosini

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

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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

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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

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