Bennington Community Theatre – The Curious Savage

The Bennington Community Theatre will be performing The Curious Savage at Oldcastle Theatre on December 7 and 8. Bob and I had the opportunity to talk to some of the eleven actors and director Christine Decker before a rehearsal. We set up in the lobby of the theatre and spoke to Chris and the performers as they were available. Besides enjoying what they shared about their experiences  rehearsing the play, we learned more about the play which had been produced on Broadway in 1950.  Lillian Gish played the role of Mrs. Savage who is trying to keep  her money from her greedy step-children. It sounds like a fine plot for a comedy, particularly since there are so many charmingly eccentric characters. .

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Interview with cast members of The Curious Savage

Then click on the Oldcastle Theatre website for tickets

Oldcastle Theatre website

The Fourth Wall

Oldcastle Theate Company is presenting A. R. Gurney’s unique  comedy with music The Fourth Wall through August 19. Gurney wrote  delightful and inventive plays, many of which Oldcastle has presented over the years since 1976, when they toured their first Gurney production, Who Killed Richard Cory?  Bob and I went to the packed opening night of The Fourth Wall. Our discussion of this most enjoyable   play is below. Just click to hear it.

Discussion of The Fourth Wall

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Oldcastle Theatre website

As usual on opening night Mike Cutler from CAT TV interviewed some of those connected with the production. Click below for to watch that.

CAT TV interviews

 

 

A Doll’s House Part 2 Weston

 A Doll’s House Part 2  is playing at the Walker Farm Theatre at the Weston Playhouse through August 26. This sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House was a hit on Broadway and is being performed throughout the country this summer. The issues that the original play raised which are further explored in this sequel by Lucas Hnath are absorbing and entertaining. Bob and I  have been talking about them a great deal.

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Discussion of A Doll’s House Part 2 Weston

Click below for the Weston Playhouse web site

Weston Playhouse

 

Pride and Prejudice

The Dorset Theatre Festival is presenting Pride and Prejudice from August 9-25. This version  by Kate Hamill adapts the Jane Austen book into what some have called a post-modern play. Talking with Jessica Frey (Lizzie) and Dave Quay (Mr. Darcy) made us eager to see this interpretation.  It sounds as if it will be a delightful evening in the theatre, particularly with these actors,

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Pride and Prejudice Interview

Then click on the theatre’s website to order tickets and find out about their other events.

Dorset Theatre Festival

You might also be interested in the actors’ websites. Click on their names below.

Jessica Frey

 

 

Dave Quay

 

 

 

 

Here is a picture of the cast and some rehearsal pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As You Like It

As You Like It runs  from August 9 to September 2 at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. As You like It is a play that delights the first time you see it and the tenth time you see it. This version sounds particularly enticing since it is set in the early twenties in Shakespeare and Company’s  outdoor Roman Garden Theatre at five o’clock in the evening. Last year’s production of The Tempest was in the same location at the same time of day and was a delight.  If it does rain, the production will move to the tented Rose Theatre.

Govane Lohbauer

It is not only the actors that create the magic of theatre. Besides Shakespeare, there are many other talents that make plays come alive. Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing Govane Lohbauer. whose costumes have enhanced many productions at Shakespeare and Company, and Jim Youngerman, skilled set designer, both of whom are helping bring this production  to life..

           Jim Youngerman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Govane Lohbauer and Jim Youngerman

Video, Director Allyn Burrows discussing the play

For tickets click on the web site below

Shakespeare and Company web site

For reviews of this and other plays click below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

 

Artney Jackson


Artney Jackson 
is having its world premiere at the Nikos Theatre at the Williamstown Theatre Festival through June 22.  The play takes place in 2016 in the Break Room at The Cable Company in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This is the playwright, James Anthony Tyler’s first play for The Williamstown Theatre Festival although he has had many other plays performed at other theatres. It is always exciting to see a new work and the Williamstown Theatre Festival offers many opportunities to enjoy the work of new playwrights this season.

The play is ninety minutes long without and intermission. Bob and I discuss that and other aspects of the play which you can hear about, by clicking below.

Artney Jackson Discussion 

For tickets and other information about the season, click on Williamstown Theatre’s website

Williamstown Theatre Festival website

For reviews of the play, click below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

 

The Closet

The opening production of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, ruinning through July 14, is the world premier of The Closet, a comedy for our time starring Matthew Broderick. Set in a religious supply company, it tells the tale of a man who is on the brink of losing everything until a stranger enters his life and offers him a unique way out of his dilemma . This comedy     is a commentary on some of our contemporary shibboleths and shows how, with the right moves, matters can be flipped and everything swung  in a different direction. .

Bob and I talked about the play.  Click below for our discussion of the play

Discussion of The Closet

Click on the picture below for a video about the play

The Closet

For tickets and more information about the season

Williamstown Theatre Festival website

For reviews of the play, click below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association