This

This plays at Barrington Stage’s St. Germain Theatre until August  27.  This should not be missed. The audience drops in on a group of old friends who like to play games. That is what they are doing when the play opens. In some ways this is a metaphor for their relationships throughout the rest of the play. An outsider enters the picture and provides some perspective. What looks like an episode of  Friends morphs into something quite different.

Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing the entire cast. Their discussion of their work and the actor’s life is worth sharing. To hear it, click on the links below

This Part 1

This Part 2

For tickets and information about the rest of Barrington Stage’s season, click on their website below

Barrington Stage

Erika Dorfler, Paris Remillard, Eddie Boroevich and Mark Dold

 

Mark Dold and Julia Coffey

 

Circle Mirror Transformation

The Living Room Theatre  presents Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation in the Carriage Barn of the Park McCullough House through August 19. This play is set in  an acting class in the fictional town of Shirley, Vermont. Jacqueline Jacobus, who plays the teacher in the play, teaches acing technique at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City.. She is making her Living Room Theatre debut as is Oona Roche who was a student in director Chris McCann’s class at SUNY/Purchase. Ken Forman, also in the play, holds the record for doing the most Living Room Theatre plays. Allen McCullough, co-founder of the Company along with his wife, Randolyn Zinn, is also in the play. Lizzie King-Hall was in the Strindberg-Shaw program last season. All are skilled actors.Whether one has taken an acting class or not, the audience will be engaged by the lives that unfold as the characters go through their  acting exercises.

Annie Baker

Annie Baker, who wrote the play, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 for her play Flick. Circle Mirror Transformation is one of three plays set in the Shirley. Annie Baker also wrote a version of Chekov’s Uncle Vanya set in Vermont.

Bob and talked about the play before we had seen it. You can hear our discussion by clicking on the  link  Circle Mirror Transformation

We recommend that you click on the Theatre’s website to reserve seats or phone 802 442-5322.  Seating is limited. The play is pay-what-you-will. The play, the acting, the setting offer a unique theatrical experience that should not be missed.

Living Room Theatre Website

Jacqueline Jacobus and Oona Roche
Chris McCann (director) with actors Allen McCullough and Lizzie King-Hall
Oona Roche and Ken Forman

Every Brilliant Thing

For a unique theatrical experience, go to the Chester Theatre Company’s performance of Every Brilliant Thing which runs through August 13. Each year the Chester Theatre Company transforms Chester’s Town Hall into a theatre. This year, it is offering another transformation mid-season into a  theatre in the round. When Bob and I went, it was almost a full house with the audience surrounding the playing space. This was appropriate since the audience is an essential element in this one-man show. Joel Ripka is an extremely talented and engaging actor.  He tells the story of a man who from childhood onward   makes a list of all the wonderful things worth living for to persuade his mother not to take her life.

Listen to what Bob and I have to say about it by clicking below

Every Brilliant Thing Discussion

Then click on the Chester Theatre Website for tickets and further information about their season.

Chester Theatre Company website

Joel Ripka in performance of Every Brilliant Thing

Baskerville

Baskerville will be playing at the Dorset Theatre Festival until July 29. Based on the novella by Arthur Conan Doyle, this is a play to delight Sherlockians and non-Sherlockians alike. Most people have seen a version of this story in film or on television.  However, this is a unique interpretation that will keep you laughing as you enjoy the remarkable actors who transform before your eyes with a switch of hats or accent. Five actors play forty roles and there is a woman playing Holmes.

We interviewed the three  actors who play a multiple of roles. Caitlin Clouthier, Raji Ahsan and Brian Owen. Listening to them talk about what is involved in doing these quick changes is enlightening. Seeing them doing it is wonderful.

 

Raji Ashan (Actor 2), Brian Owen (Actor 1), Liz Wisan,(Holmes) Caitlin Clouthier (Actress 1) Dave Quay (Watson)

 

Listen to the interview by clicking on the link below. Then click on the link to the Dorset Theatre Festival website and order your tickets.

Interview with Baskerville actors

Dorset Theatre Festival Website

 

The Living Room Theatre – Adam and Evie

 

The Living Room Theatre starts its sixth season with Adam and Evie by Charles Mee in the Carriage Barn of the Park McCullough House in North Bennington through July 14. Seating is limited so call 802-442-5322 for pay what you will tickets to see theatrical magic.

Bob and I have been attending Living Room Theatre productions since they started literally in the living room of co-founders Randolyn Zinn and Allen McCullough. The productions are innovative and exciting whether of classics like Chekov or new plays like Adam and Evie. The New York cast lives with Allen and Randolyn for rehearsals and the run of the plays. This is particularly challenging when it is a cast of fourteen for a unique play such as Adam and Evie. We were delighted to talk with Allen and four of the cast members, Maddie Coyle, Matt Dallal, Rena Gavigan and  Jay Reum about the experience and the play. We were even more delighted when we saw the production. There is a fluidity within the play that enchants because the actors make the  transformations believable.

Be sure to listen to the interviews by clicking on the links below.

Interview about Adam and Evie Part 1

Interview about Adam and Evie Part 2

The Living Room Theatre Website

Hiram Delgado – The Model American

             Hiram Delgado, actor.

Bob and I saw The Model American on July 4th. Considering the subject of the play – how an immigrant makes good in the United States, it was appropriate timing. The next day we were fortunate to interview Hiram Delgado who plays the leading role. He is engaging every moment as he changes over the course of the play. It is a performance, along with the others in the fine cast, that should not be missed. The Model American runs until July 9. Click on the link for the Williamstown Theatre Festival below for tickets.  Before, or after doing that, be sure to listen to Hiram talk about his experience as a non-Equity actor in the lead in a new play that was developed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The company is dedicated, not only to producing unique and absorbing plays, but to developing new work and new talent among actors and directors through their Professional Training Programs.

Interview with Hiram Delgado

Williamstown Theatre Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moonlight and Magnolias

Gone With the Wind was one of the most important movies of its day. Based on a best selling novel, it had an outstanding cast. The search for the right actress to play Scarlett O’Hara was a major event as 1,400 women tested for the part. The picture won ten Academy Awards. The production overcame many challenges with changes in writers and directors.

This is the subject of the farce that Oldcastle Theatre Company is presenting from June 23 to July 9. With four outstanding actors, all of whom have worked at Oldcastle previously, the play promises to be a delight. Bob and I had the pleasure of talking with the  actors playing producer David Selznick, director Victor Fleming and writer Ben Hecht. Listening to what the actors  have to say will make you as eager as we are to see Moonlight and Magnolias.

Moonlight and Magnolias Interview

Oldcastle Theatre Company Website

 

 

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