Broadway Bound


Broadway Bound
by Neil Simon is playing at the Oldcastle Theatre Company until October 15. This production of the third play in Simon’s semi-autobiographical trilogy should not be missed. Bob and I interviewed Eric Peterson, the director of the play, and four of the six cast members; Sarah Corey who plays Kate, the mother, Anthony Ingargiola and Robbie Rescigno who play brothers, Eugene and Stanley, and Amy Gaither Hayes who plays Aunt Blanche.

Listening to actors and directors talk about the challenges of a particular play is always informative and interesting. If you have already seen the play. you will enjoy hearing how the actors approach bringing their characters to life. If you have not yet seen it, listening will deepen your appreciation of their performances.

Click below to listen to the discussion

Broadway Bound actors and director talk about the play

Then click below to order your tickets

Oldcastle Theatre website

 

Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike

The Dorset Players open their 90th season with Christopher Durang’s delightful comedy, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike.   Fortunately, early in the  opening week, Bob and I had the chance to interview the director, Paul Michael Brinker, Vanya (Jim Young), Sonia (Laura King), Masha (Elizabeth Hazelton) and Spike (Bobby Leonard). Nina (Lillian Kelly) joined us later in the program.  They not only talked about their parts in this play, but what it meant to be a part of community theatre.

This is a discussion that is well worth eavesdropping on. After you click below to do so,

Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike

click on the link below to go to the Dorset Players website to order tickets. Like most of their productions, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike only runs for two weekends, October 6, 7 and 8 and October 13, 14 and 15

The Dorset Players website

God of Carnage

God of Carnage engages its audience on many levels.  A  comedy of manners,  it raises many issues as comedies often do. Two civilized, middle-class couples meet to  deal with the problem of a fight between their sons which has resulted in the loss of teeth of the son of the host couple.  We sense a great deal about these four people from their posture, their clothing and the space between them. That is before they even start talking. When they do, we are in for quite a ride.

The play runs until October 8 at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. There is an additional performance on Thursday, October 5 to benefit the survivors of Hurricanes Erma and Maria.

To listen to what we have to say about the production, click on the link below

God of Carnage

To order tickets click on the theatre’s website below

Shakespeare and Company website

 

 

 

 

The Wharton Comedies

    Two Edith Wharton Comedies, Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life  run until September 10 at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. Wharton is important in the history of the Berkshires as well as in the history of Shakespeare and Company. Bob and I first saw Wharton’s plays, adapted by Dennis Krausnick, many years ago inside  the Mount, Edith Wharton’s “cottage.”  There was a tea included where one could talk with Tina Packer and other members of the company. This was part of the magic of Shakespeare and Company – the performances  in the house, on the lawn, the Bare Bard in the stables. The magic continues at Shakepeare and Company’s current home on Fanny Kemble Road, both in the performances of these Wharton plays and the conversations with members of the company.

Bob and I had the pleasure of talking with the company of the Wharton Comedies, actors David Joseph, Corinna May, Diane Prusha and director, Normi Noel. As always we enjoyed hearing them talk about their work and about the company.

Listen to them by clicking on the link below as we share their insights with you.

The Wharton Comedies Cast

Buy tickets by clicking on the website below or by calling the box office (413) 637-3353.

Shakespeare and Company website

A Comedy of Tenors

A Comedy of Tenors  plays at the Oldcastle Theatre until September 3. As soon as you see the amazing set and  all the doors, it becomes clear that this is a farce. The actors confirm that with their skilled comedic timing. This is a laugh delight. The production is a wonderful example of how theatre can engage an audience in the fun. The characters don’t think they are funny, but we do.

Bob and I interviewed Christine Decker, the director and Max Arnaud, an actor in the play. Since this is a play about tenors, we asked about their remarkable singing voices. Listening to an actor and a director talk about the process of achieving what seems so natural on stage is always enlightening.  After you listen to Chris and Max,  order your tickets. There are only six performances left and you don’t want to miss this delightful show.

Max Arnaud and Christine Decker Interview Part 1

Max Arnaud and Christine Decker Interview Part 2

Oldcastle Theatre Company website

Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace is a delightful comedy that is playing at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage of the Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge, MA  until August 19. This is a play that has been popular over the years  on stage, film and television. However, nothing equals seeing it onstage. The title and the poster gives one an idea of what they are to experience. However,  one needs to be at the theatre with fellow audience members of a range of ages to see how a comedy written seventy-eight years ago can still generate laughs and a good time. As always when we see theatre, Bob and I talk about it on the way home. We continued our discussion once at home. Click on the link below to hear some of our thoughts.

Arsenic and Old Lace Discussion

Check the website below for tickets and information about other plays.

 

Berkshire Theatre Group website

 

 

 

Taking Steps

Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn plays at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield until August 5. As Julie Boyd, Artistic Director of Barrington Stage, noted when she introduced the play, “Sometimes it is just good to laugh.”

In the play an assortment of characters find themselves in an old house the owner is eager to sell. This house has three floors. all of which are represented on a flat stage while the actors go up and down the stairs in front of us. Not those stairs suspended above the stage, but those the characters and the audience create together. As happens in Ayckbourn’s plays, life is not  smooth as misunderstandings are complicated by the knowledge that the house is supposedly haunted by a ghost from the days when the house had been a brothel.

Listen to our brief discussion of the play, by clicking below.

Discussion of Taking Steps

Then click on Barrington Stage’s website to order tickets for an afternoon or evening of laughter.

Barrington Stage Website

Then listen to the playwright by clicking on the photo below.