The Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge, Massachsetts is presenting The Goat or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee at The Unicorn Theatre until June 15. This intriguing play received a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play when it was produced on Broadway in 2002. The play is well served by an outstanding cast in this production. After clicking below to listen to our discussion of the production, click on the link to The Berkshire Theatre Group to order tickets or call 413-977-4444. This is a theatrical experience you don’t want to miss.
The Berkshire Theatre Group is presenting The Petrified Forest at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage through August 25. This is a rare opportunity to see this much acclaimed play that is probably best known as a film even though in 1935 the play was a hit on Broadway. Robert Sherwood is one of the United States’s outstanding playwrights who is not often produced now, even though he is a an important part of theatrical history. Many of his plays were transformed into films, but even those are not often seen. This is an opportunity for an entertaining night in the theatre as well as the chance to see a landmark in play writing directed by David Auburn who is also a prize winning playwright.
Bob and I discuss the production as well as the playwright. Click below to listen to our discussion.
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.
Relax back in time at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage of the Berkshire Theatre Group. It is Christmas Eve in 1956 when three of the iconic songwriters of the time are relaxing after an ASCAP meeting. Jimmy Van Heusen and Harold Arlen are with Irving Berlin in Berlin’s apartment pondering the impact of rock and roll on their careers among other things. While doing so they share many of their songs and stories. The play runs Monday through Sunday through July 21.
Listen to what Bob and I have to say about the play.
The Berkshire Theatre Group is celebrating its 90th season with diverse and interesting productions. One of these is Church and State at the Unicorn Theatre until June 30th. This ninety minute play is followed each performance, Monday through Saturday, with a talk-back led by an individual or individuals who can make unique contributions to the discussion because of their relationship to the theme of the play.
Besides being an absorbing play, this production is a valuable community contribution. The intimate Unicorn Theatre is particularly well suited to such discussions. Bob and I were impressed by the play which discusses an important contemporary issue and the talk-back which followed.
The Berkshire Theatre Group is celebrating its 90th year, an impressive landmark. With three theatres and an additional performing space in the Garage which is part of the Colonial Theatre, there are many productions and events to look forward to seeing.
The Colonial Theatre is in PIttsfield. The Fitzpatrick and The Unicorn Theatres are in Stockbridge. All three theatres have a long and illustrious history in providing outstanding theatrical productions over the years.
Bob and I had the opportunity to talk about the range of productions in the three theatres with Nick Paleologos, Executive Director, and Travis Daly who is directing two musicals this season. Taking time out of their busy schedules, they shared their excitement about the work they do at the Theatre Group. With Lion King Junior about to open, Travis gave us information about the extensive educational programs that the Berkshire Theatre Group has in the community. Nick shared information about the work of an executive director and the upcoming theatrical season.
Arsenic and Old Lace is a delightful comedy that is playing at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage of the Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge, MA until August 19. This is a play that has been popular over the years on stage, film and television. However, nothing equals seeing it onstage. The title and the poster gives one an idea of what they are to experience. However, one needs to be at the theatre with fellow audience members of a range of ages to see how a comedy written seventy-eight years ago can still generate laughs and a good time. As always when we see theatre, Bob and I talk about it on the way home. We continued our discussion once at home. Click on the link below to hear some of our thoughts.