10 x 10 new Play Festival Barrington Stage 2018

For the past seven years Barrington Stage has presented ten ten minute plays to cheer up everyone during the winter.  Six actors play all the parts in the  plays in different combinations. This year all ten plays are comedies. Five are directed by the Artistic Director, Julianne    Boyd and five are directed by Matthew Penn, who has directed  television, film and stage productions. He is an Emmy nominated director who directs at a number of regional theatres including Shakespeare and Company, The Berkshire Playwrights Lab as well as at Barrington Stage.

There is only one more week of performances after this week. Since the first two weeks have been sold out, we recommended you call for tickets as quickly as you can ( the box office at 413-236-8888).  Bob and I talk about the plays in the discussion below, sharing our favorite moments as well as the interesting history of the ten minute play. Besides enjoying the play, we are always impressed by the versatility of the actors as they shift from role to role.

10×10 Discussion

10×10 in 10 seconds

Barrington Stage website



The Twelve Days of Christmas

Each year The Dorset Players offer a show that brightens  the holiday season. This year they are presenting The Twelve Days of Christmas, a family friendly production with a cast primarily of children and a few adults. Putting together the participants of the  twelve days song is a challenge for this year’s partridge in a pear tree. She  gets some help from the audience. Having a cast primarily of children also presented challenges to Sheila Childs which she shares in our interview with her.

Click on the link below to hear about that and more.

Interview with Sheila Childs


Click on the link below to get tickets

The Dorset Players


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