Time Flies and Other Comedies

Barrington Stage Company presents Time Flies and Other Comedies at the St. Germain Stage through July 27. This delightful assortment of six comedies with five versatile actors moving through the various situations with flair and brilliant comedic timing. Each play is quite different and the actors change into the clothes, characters and situations with remarkable ease. The playwright, David Ives is well-know for his various sets of short plays that are challenging and amusing. This cast keeps the audience attentive and amused through all these unique and delightful plays.

After clicking below to listen to our discussion,

Discussion of Time Flies and Other Comedies   

Go to the Barrington Stage web site   or call 413-236-8888 for tickets and information about the rest of the season.

For other information and reviews click on Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Carson Elrod, Cary Donaldson, Debra Jo Rupp and Ruth Pferdehirt in Enigma Variations
Carson Elrod and Debra Jo Rupp in Variations on the Death of Trotsky
Carson Elfoed, Debra Joe Rupp, Cary Donaldson, Jeff McCarthy and Ruth Pferdehirt in The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage

Into The Woods

Barrington Stage presents Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine through July 13 at their Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.  This landmark musical is as enchanting as ever in this outstanding production. None of its magic is lost as this fairy tale world unfolds with its joys and challenges. From the first production we ever saw at Barrington Stage of Mack and Mabel quite a few years ago, Bob and I have always enjoyed this company’s musicals. Listen to our discussion by clicking below,

Into the Woods discussion

Then go to their web site Barrington Stage Company  or call 413-236-8888

You can also check out reviews of the show at   Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

 

America V.2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro

America V.2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro  is at the St. Germain Stage of The Barrington Stage Company through June 30. It offers a unique theatrical experience and should not be missed.  It simultaneously comments on our past, present and future in regard to race in this country. The Barrington Stage Company is in its 25th year and during that time it has offered a range of thought provoking, always engaging plays. We have seen fresh productions of traditional musicals and new interpretations of classical plays as well as new musicals and new plays, often on the St. Germain Stage. This production is in the Barrington Stage tradition of plays that challenge you while you are enjoying them, giving you much to savor and think about as you recall them.

Listen to our discussion of the play, by clicking below

Discussion of The Sad Demise and Eventual Extinction of the American Negro

Then go to the Barrington Stage website for tickets and information about the rest of the season

Barrington Stage

or call 413-236-8888

 

10×10 New Play Festival – Barrington Stage

For its eighth year, Barrington Stage is presenting its 10×10 New Play Festival. Ten plays ten minutes long are presented by six actors. It is amazing how much can be told in ten minutes. The six equity actors are Michael Fell, Sarah Goeke, DeShawn Mitchell, Keri Safran , Peggy Pharr Wilson and Robert Zukerman,, transforming into a range of different characters confronting different situations. With a minimum of props they present full stories that delight the audience.  If you have never seen such a display of talent, you should and if you have, you are sure to want to see more.

Click below to hear Bob and I discuss this year’s offerings.

Discussion of 10×10 plays.

Then click below to order tickets

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                          Cold Feet with Sarah Goeke and Keri Safran

 

The Music of The Glass Menagerie

The Music of the Glass Menagerie:

black and white closeup of typewriter's keys  which have typed The Glass Menagerie

One of the elements that makes the current production of The Glass Menagerie  at Barrington Stage’s Boyd-Quinson Theatre special is the lovely viola music that is played live  throughout the performance.  Integrated with the lyricism of Tennesse Williams poetic language, it adds to the magic of the play.  As a part of Barrington Stage’s outreach into the community, Artistic Director, Julianne Boyd, along with composer Alexander Sovronsky and violist, Susan French talked about this music at the Berkshire Athenaeum  on Thursday, October 11.  Bob and I  recorded the discussion which you can listen to by clicking below. The insights that the discussion provided in terms of how music is integrated into a play are valuable in terms of deepening one’s appreciation of the process in the creation of a production.  The Glass Menagerie  runs through October 21 and should not be missed.

Discussion of The Music of The Glass Menagerie

For tickets to the play, click on the Barrington Stage website. On October 17 and 18, Berkshire Residents receive a 25% discount.

Barrington Stage website

Julianne Boyd
           Alexander Sovronsky
                Susan French

 

 

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The Glass Menagerie – Barrington Stage


The Glass Menagerie 
plays at Barrington Stage’s Boyd-Quinson Theatre through October 21 in a remarkable production that captures the magic and the poetry of Tennesse William’s memory play. Narrated by Tom Wingfield, we see Tom, his sister Laura, his mother Amanda and a Gentleman Caller as they exist   in Tom’s memory. This is a play you can see many times and still be freshly absorbed in the story and the characters.  In every production, the cast offers their unique vision that engages you once more. Bob and I were fortunate to interview the full cast after we had seen the play.

Click below to listen to our interview

The Glass Menagerie Cast Interview

Then go to the Barrington Stage web site or call 413 236 8888. Check on their special ticket prices for Berkshire residents and others.

Barrington Stage website

Read what the critics said

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Watch these videos

https://youtu.be/BsFQ-WnUdeQ

https://youtu.be/WO60bphdhrQ  

 

 

 

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

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