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

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Barrington Stage 2018 Season

Cold winter days are made brighter by hearing announcements of  what  regional theatres will be producing during the summer. Besides enjoying deciding what to see, there is the opportunity to save money by buying tickets early as theatres offer various package deals. Check out Barrington Stage’s website as there is always a great deal going on as well as the plays.

Bob and I had the opportunity to hear Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, talk about the upcoming season. The advantage of listening to her is that besides finding out what is being presented,  she offers information about what goes into developing a season.

Click below for the announcement

Julianne Boyd on Season 2018

Later she also talked about the 10 x 10 production which runs from February 15 to March 4 at the St Germain Theatre. These are ten delightful ten minute plays with the same actors performing in the different plays.

After you go to the website below, you might want to sign up for their E-newsletter for additional information throughout the season.

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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

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Company plays at Barrington Stage’s Boyd-Quinson theatre until September 10. This version of the Stephen Sondheim’s Tony award winning  musical should not be missed. Company was one of the first concept musicals that expanded the nature of the American musical and introduced a host of new performers and composers. to the musical stage.

Bob and I talk about the history of the play and this production in the link below. Check on it and then get your tickets from Barrington Stage’s website.

Discussion of Company

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This plays at Barrington Stage’s St. Germain Theatre until August  27.  This should not be missed. The audience drops in on a group of old friends who like to play games. That is what they are doing when the play opens. In some ways this is a metaphor for their relationships throughout the rest of the play. An outsider enters the picture and provides some perspective. What looks like an episode of  Friends morphs into something quite different.

Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing the entire cast. Their discussion of their work and the actor’s life is worth sharing. To hear it, click on the links below

This Part 1

This Part 2

For tickets and information about the rest of Barrington Stage’s season, click on their website below

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Erika Dorfler, Paris Remillard, Eddie Boroevich and Mark Dold


Mark Dold and Julia Coffey


Taking Steps

Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn plays at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield until August 5. As Julie Boyd, Artistic Director of Barrington Stage, noted when she introduced the play, “Sometimes it is just good to laugh.”

In the play an assortment of characters find themselves in an old house the owner is eager to sell. This house has three floors. all of which are represented on a flat stage while the actors go up and down the stairs in front of us. Not those stairs suspended above the stage, but those the characters and the audience create together. As happens in Ayckbourn’s plays, life is not  smooth as misunderstandings are complicated by the knowledge that the house is supposedly haunted by a ghost from the days when the house had been a brothel.

Listen to our brief discussion of the play, by clicking below.

Discussion of Taking Steps

Then click on Barrington Stage’s website to order tickets for an afternoon or evening of laughter.

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Then listen to the playwright by clicking on the photo below.



When Bob and I saw Kunstler, our first impulse was to tell everyone we knew to be sure to see it. We still want to urge people to do so.  Each moment of this play is compelling as Jeff McCarthy brings vivid life to Kunstler, the rumpled, outspoken Civil Rights lawyer,  and his unique place in our country’s history. Jeffery Sweet, the playwright, has given McCarthy a wonderful canvas on which to portray the man who was involved in many landmark legal cases. Erin Roche plays the ambivalent student host to Kunstler’s lecture, representing the conflict on the campus about the lawyer. Her reactions, both silent and expressed, add to the intensity of the drama. After listening to our interview with Jeff McCarthy, click on the Barrington Stage website link to order tickets. The play  runs until June 10. Be sure to bring your friends, older children and/or grandchildren to see it.

Kunstler Interview-Jeff McCarthy                     

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