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

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Company

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.

 

Kunstler

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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As theatre goers look forward to the summer season, it is nice to know that there is theatre to enjoy even in the last days of February and the first days of March. Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, MA offers an entertaining assortment of plays, each of them ten minutes long. Having enjoyed seeing the plays we talked with Julianne Boyd, the Artistic Director of Barrington Stage about the plays as well as about the new season. There is still time to see six talented actors create ten different and engaging stories from March 2 to March 5. Go to the Barrington Stage web site to order tickets or call their box office at 413-236-8888.
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Click below to hear about the plays and the upcoming season.

Interview with Julianne Boyd

 

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Barrington Stage 2017 Season

p1240545As January ends and winter is slowly disappearing, theatre    goers look forward to announcements from theatres about their upcoming season.  At a press conference Julianne Boyd discussed the Barrington Stage season and the process of selecting the plays. Bob and I recorded her talk which you can hear by clicking on the link below.

Barrington Stage 2017 Season

Now is also the time when people should consider buying season tickets. These tickets are good for audiences and for theatres. The audience gets reduced  price tickets and good seats and theatres get some advance capital to mount the productions.

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