Williamstown Theatre Associate General Manager

 

                    Zach Krohn

Theatre goers are aware on some level that many people are responsible for the productions that they enjoy. When they read their programs, however, they generally focus on the cast and information about the production. Bob and I, on the other hand, like to know more about what makes theatres operate so effectively. We are delighted when we get the opportunity to talk with some of those who do the work behind the scenes. It was our pleasure to talk with Zach Krohn, Williamstown Theatre’s Associate General Manager.

To find out the details of what he does, click on the interview below.

Interview with Zach Krohn

 

Williamstown Theatre web site

 

                                                Williamstown Theatre Festival

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click below to listen to the interview

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

 

 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The splendid musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame is playing at the Mac-Haydn Theatre through August 5. Based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel with music from the Disney film by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, this play has been produced  at regional theatres and abroad.. Once again the designers of the arena stage at the Mac-Haydn Theatre bring the audience into the world of the musical with, the costumes, the stained glass windows, the choreography and the direction.  This production portrays the world of the novel, more than the Disney version.

Bob and I interviewed three of the leading actors in the show.

Michael Brennan
Laura Helm

 

 

 

 

 

Quinto Ott

Click below to listen to the interview.

Interview with Hunchback of Notre Dame cast members.

 

After you listen to the interview, click on the theatre’s website below for tickets.

Mac-Haydn Theatre web site

Video of cast members from Hunchback of Notre Dame

For reviews, click below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Hair

The Berkshire Theatre Group is presenting Hair at the Unicorn Theatre through August 11. This landmark musical was originally performed in the 1960’s when social change was happening against the background of an unpopular war. Contributing to the war’s unpopularity was  television coverage which brought the war into people’s living rooms. Since then, our wars have been depicted with less carnage.  Watching Hair, one is aware of difference and similarities between then and now.

Bob and I talk about  some of this in our discussion.

Discussion of Hair

For tickets and to learn more about the rest of Berkshire Theatre Group;s season, click below.

Berkshire Theatre Group

For reviews click below

Berkshire Theatre Critics  Association

 

A Doll’s House

A Doll’s House Part 2 is playing on the main stage at Barrington Stage until July 28. In 1879 A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen opened in Copenhagen, Denmark.  When Nora Helmer left her husband and children at the end of the play, the slamming door was  heard around the world since it dealt with the changing role of women. Nora had taken a loan illegally to pay for a trip to benefit her husband’s health. When she was threatened with blackmail, her husband Torvald turned on her, only to accept her action  when the threat was removed.

In 2017, Lucas Hnanth picked up the story imagining what happens fifteen years later when Nora returns   home.  This  sequel  is generating a great deal of discussion as did the original play.

Click below for the discussion Bob and I had about the play.

Discussion of  A Doll’s House  Part 2

Click to order tickets below or call (413) 236-8888

Barrington Stage website

For more views about the play, click below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Click on picture below for video

Creditors

Shakespeare and Company’s production of Creditiors has just opened and runs until August 12. This play by August Strindberg is a dark comedy which speaks to the complex relationships between men and women. The play, which was first produced in 1889,  has been adapted by David Greig,  a Scottish playwright and director who has written many original plays as well as adapting a range of classics.

Strindberg considered Creditors his most mature play and accused Henrik Ibsen of plagiarising the play in his  Hedda Gabler.  Since Stringberg’s relationships with the various women in his life were complicated, the play is full of surprises. Bob and I interviewed the three cast members a week and a half before the opening while they were still in rehearsal. 

Click below to listen to their intriguing insights about the play

Interview with Creditors Cast

Then click on the video interview with the play’s director

Video interview with Director Nicole Ricciardi

After that, order tickets by clicking on the website below or call (413) 637 3353

Shakespeare and Company web site 

For reviews, click on

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

 

 

Fun Home

The Weston Playhouse is presenting Fun Home at the Walker Farm Theatre through July 28. This play is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel. The musical. with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori,  opened at the Public Theatre in 2013 and went  on to  Broadway in 2015 at the Circle in the Square Theatre and that year won five Tony awards. This musical has played in small theatres and  fits into the intimate space of the Walker Farm Theatre as though made for it.

Bob and I were absorbed by the performances and the story throughout the performance. Click below for our discussion about it.

Fun Home Discussion

For tickets, click on The Weston Playhouse website

Weston Playhouse

For reviews check out

The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

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