Berkshire Theatre Critics Association 2017

Peter Bergman toasts at last year’s Awards Cermony

The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association announced the nominees for their Second Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards. These awards, known as “Berkies,” are given to theatres in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and Connecticut.  They are voted on by the critics in the area.  The awards celebrate the quality and diversity of theatre in the greater Berkshire region. There is also a special award honoring the late Larry Murray, the founder of the awards. This award, The Larry Murray Award for Community Engagement on the part of a theatre company, is voted on by the Association’s Board members.

The award winners will be announced at the awards ceremony  November 6 on the St. Germain Stage in the Sybelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield.

Bob and I interviewed Peter Bergman, the President of the Berkshire  Theatre Critics Association, about the association and the awards. After you click below to listen to him, you can  review the nominees below.

Interview with Peter Bergman on Berkshire Theatre Awards.

You might also want to check out Peter Bergman’s website

Berkshire Bright Focus

Nominees for Berkshire Theatre Critic Association Awards

  1. Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Musical:

Ellen Harvey, Company, Barrington Stage Co.

Rachel Rhodes- Devey, Hello, Dolly!, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Madison Stratton, Spamalot, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Zurin Villanueva, Ragtime, Barrington Stage Co.

  1. Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Musical:

Gabe Belyeu, Spamalot, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Gil Brady, Mamma Mia!, Capitol Repertory Theatre

Roe Hartrampf, A Legendary Romance, Williamstown Theatre Festival

Paul Urriola, Guys and Dolls, Theater Barn

  1. Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play:

Jessica Hecht, The Clean House, Williamstown Theatre Festival

Zoe Laiz, 4000 Miles, Shakespeare & Co.

Ella Loudon, The Tempest, Shakespeare & Co.

Medina Senghore, Intimate Apparel, Shakespeare & Co.

  1. Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Play:

Joey Collins, At Home At The Zoo, Berkshire Theatre Group

Mark H. Dold, This, Barrington Stage Co.

Carson Elrod, Taking Steps, Barrington Stage Co.

Rocco Sisto, The Birds, Barrington Stage Co.

  1. Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical:

Darnell Abraham, Ragtime, Barrington Stage Co.

Mark Hardy, Sweeney Todd, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Jeff McCarthy, A Legendary Romance, Williamstown Theatre Festival

Aaron Tveit, Company, Barrington Stage Co.

  1. Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical:

Lora Lee Gayer, A Legendary Romance, Williamstown Theatre Festival

Emily Kron, Sweeney Todd, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Elizabeth Stanley, Ragtime, Barrington Stage Co.

Monica M. Wemitt, Hello, Dolly!, Mac-Haydn Theatre

  1. Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Play:

Lynette R. Freedman, Lost Lake, Berkshire Theatre Group

Diane Prusha, Wharton Comedies, Shakespeare & Co.

Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God, Berkshire Theatre Group

Kim Stauffer, Emilie, WAM Theatre

  1. Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Play:

David Adkins, At Home At the Zoo, Berkshire Theatre Group

Nigel Gore, The Tempest, Shakespeare & Co.

Quentin Maré, Lost Lake, Berkshire Theatre Group

Oliver Wadsworth, Emilie, WAM Theatre

  1. Outstanding Ensemble Production:

Baskerville, Dorset Theatre Festival

God of Carnage, Shakespeare & Co.

Shipwrecked, Oldcastle Theatre

Skeleton Crew, Chester Theatre

  1. Outstanding Solo Performance Piece:

Kyle Branzel, Buyer & Cellar, Weston Playhouse

Ed Dixon, Georgie, Barrington Stage Co.

Joel Ripka, Every Beautiful Thing, Chester Theatre

Oliver Wadsworth, The Tarnation of Russell Colvin, Dorset Theatre Festival

  1. Outstanding Direction of a Musical:

James Barry, Million Dollar Quartet, Berkshire Theatre Group

Joe Calarco, Ragtime, Barrington Stage Co.

Trey Compton, Godspell – 2012, Theater Barn

John Saunders, Hello, Dolly!, Mac-Haydn Theatre

  1. Outstanding Direction of a Play:

Eric Hill, At Home At the Zoo, Berkshire Theatre Group

Kenny Leon, Children of a Lesser God, Berkshire Theatre Group

Regge Life, God of Carnage, Shakespeare & Co.

Rebecca Taichman, The Clean House, Williamstown Theatre Festival

  1. Outstanding Scenic Design:

Riccardo Hernandez, The Clean House, Williamstown Theatre Festival

Randall Parsons, Arsenic and Old Lace, Berkshire Theatre Group

Brian Prather, Ragtime, Barrington Stage Co.

Kristen Robinson, Company, Barrington Stage Co.

  1. Outstanding Costume Design:

Tyler Kinney, Cymbeline, Shakespeare & Co.

Govane Lohbauer, Emilie, WAM Theatre

Bethany Marx, Hello, Dolly!, Mac-Haydn

Sara Jane Tosetti, Ragtime, Barrington Stage Co

  1. Outstanding Lighting Design:

Mike Baldassari, Children of a Lesser God, Berkshire Theatre Group

Chris Lee, Ragtime, Barrington Stage Co.

David Weiner, Where Storms are Born, Williamstown Theatre Festival

Robert Wierzel, A Legendary Romance, Williamstown Theatre Festival

  1. Outstanding Sound Design:

Scott Killian, Lost Lake, Berkshire Theatre Group

Ryan Rumery, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Dorset Theatre Festival

Alex Sovronsky, The Last Wife, WAM Theatre

David Thomas, The Birds, Barrington Stage Co.

  1. Outstanding Choreography:

Jeffrey Page, Company, Barrington Stage Co.

Freddy Ramirez, Mamma Mia!, Capitol Repertory

Sebastiani Romagnolo, Hello, Dolly!, Mac-Haydn

Shea Sullivan, Ragtime, Barrington Stage Co.

  1. Outstanding New Play or Musical:

Every Brilliant Thing, Duncan Macmillan, Chester Theatre

I and You, Lauren Gunderson, Chester Theatre

A Legendary Romance, Timothy Prager/Geoff Morrow, Williamstown Theatre Festival

Where Storms Are Born, Williamstown Theatre Festival

  1. Best Production of a Musical:

Company, Barrington Stage Co.

Hello, Dolly!, Mac=Haydn Theatre

A Legendary Romance, Williamstown Theatre Festival

Sweeney Todd, Mac-Haydn Theatre

  1. Best Production of a Play:

The Birds, Conor McPherson, Barrington Stage Co.

Children of a Lesser God, Mark Medoff, Berkshire Theatre Group

The Clean House, Sarah Ruhl, Williamstown Theatre Festival

Lost Lake, David Auburn, Berkshire Theatre Group

 

 

The Last Wife

The Last Wife runs until November 5 at the Elayne Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. This is a production of WAM Theatre. The play runs Friday through Sunday. Tickets are purchased through the Shakespeare and Company box office.

The play is about Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr, and her influence on a future king and  two queens of England, specifically Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. This is history as it should be experienced. Not only is the language contemporary, but the issues that the play raises about the political power of women are relevant  today.  Not just history, the play is a delightful theatrical experience.

Click below to hear Bob and I discuss the play

Discussion of The Last Wife

Then go to The WAM Theatre website

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Gaslight

 

The psychological thriller, Gaslight, runs until October 22 at Barringon Stage’s Boyd-Quinson Theatre. This play gave a name to psychological manipulation which is on display in this production as skillfully depicted by Mark Dold and Kim Stauffer. You don’t want to miss any moment of this story as it unfolds. It is a play that keeps the audience absorbed in the action each moment.

Bob and I were fortunate to interview four of the five cast members of this excellent recreation of a complicated relationship. Kim Stauffer, Mark Dold, Kevin O’Rourke and Peggy Pharr Wilson shared their thoughts about the play and how they approached their roles.

Listen to what they have to say, by clicking on the link below.

Interview with Gaslight cast

Then click below on the theatre’s website to buy tickets

Barrington Stage website

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

 

Hello, Dolly

Jerry Herman’s classic musical Hello, Dolly plays at the Mac-Haydn Theatre until September 3. The music is infectious . This is a musical to make you feel happy about the world. Dolly is a force of nature in her making everything turn out right.

Bob and I had the chance to talk with Dolly,  aka Monica M. Wemitt, Rachel Rhodes-Devey who plays the other widow, Irene Molloy, and Bethany Marx who created the lovely costumes. Along the way we learned something of the history of Mac-Haydn.

Hello, Dolly is a lovely conclusion to a wonderful season of varied musicals. This was our first season at Mac-Haydn, but it won’t be our last. Everyone should put this gem of a theatre on their list of theatres not to be missed. Each musical  has been a joy with the company capturing the unique quality of its particular story and score.

Click below to hear Monica, Rachel and Bethany talk about the show.

Hello, Dolly Interview Part 1

Hello, Dolly Interview Part 2

Then click on the website to get tickets.

Mac-Haydn Theatre website

 

 

 

 

 

Click below to see video

Hello, Dolly video

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

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Long Day’s Journey Into Night runs at the Weston Playhouse until September 3.  This the the third in  Weston’s Celebrating the  Classics series.  Bob and I saw the original production of Long Day’s Journey…  on Broadway and have seen several productions since. However, as with Weston’s production last year of All My Sons, we gained new insight and appreciation of this masterwork by Eugene O’Neil.  No one should think because they once saw a play, that they don’t have to  see a different production of it. Each cast and director brings a fresh approach to the work, particularly if it is a play of the quality of this one. There will be a week of matinee performances for students who will be lucky  for their first encounter with this play to be with this cast.

Bob and I were fortunate enough to interview Derek Smith who plays James Tyrone, the father of this tormented family. Derek generously saw us between the matinee and evening performances. Listen to our talk with him by clicking below.

Interview with Derek Smith

Then go to the Weston Playhouse website to order tickets.

Weston Playhouse website

 

Click below on Weston 101 for more background information about the play and an interview with the director.

Weston 101