The Skin of Our Teeth

The Berkshire Theatre Group presents The Skin of Our Teeth at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage through August 3. Thorton Wilder won one of his three Pulitizer Prizes for this play which is as relevant today as it was when he wrote it in 1942. David Auburn directs an outstanding production with a fine cast who bring this unique play to life as Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus and their two children survive three catastrophes. Survival is one of the themes of the play which broke theatrical conventions when it was first produced and continues to do so now. This is a production that should not be missed.  Listen to what Bob and I have to say about it by clicking on The Skin of Our Teeth Discussion

and then go to to The Berkshire Theatre Group web site or call 413-997-4444 for tickets.

For reviews click on Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Ariana Venturi as Sabina


Danny Johnson and Harriet Harris as Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus


The Goat or Who is Sylvia?

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.


Discussion of The Goat or Who is Sylvia?

The Berkshire Theatre Group

For other responses to the play, click on The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association




The Petrified Forest

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 Petrified Forest Discussion

Then click on The Berkshire Theatre Group for tickets and information about other events and plays.

Berkshire Theatre Group website

Click on the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association to read reviews of the play

Watch the video below of the cast talking about their characters

The Petrified Forest cast video

The 1935 stage cast and set
The Berkshire Theatre Group cast and set 2018


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


Coming Back Like A Song

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.

Discussion of Coming Back Like A Song

Then click on the Berkshire Theatre Group website or call 413.448.8084 x 50

Berkshire Theatre Group Website

Read the reviews at the

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

                      Coming Back Like A Song!, 2018. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware


                  Coming Back Like A Song!, 2018. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware

Church and State

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.

Click below for our discussion of the play.

Church and State Discussion

Then go to Berkshire Theatre Group’s web site for tickets or call 413-997-4444. There is a list of talk-back leaders there as well.

Berkshire Theatre Group

To read reviews of the play, click on

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

The Berkshire Theatre Group 2018

                    The Colonial Theatre

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.

                The Fitzpatrick Theatre


                   The Unicorn Theatre







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.

           Nick Paleologos
Travis Daly










Click below to listen to the interview.

Nick Paleologos and Travis Daly

Click below for the Berkshire Theatre Group website for more information and tickets.

Berkshire Theate Group

For the history and stories about the theatres, click below for their blog

Berkshire Theatre Group Blog

Arsenic and Old Lace

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.

Arsenic and Old Lace Discussion

Check the website below for tickets and information about other plays.


Berkshire Theatre Group website




At Home at the Zoo (Zoo Story)


At Home at the Zoo (Zoo Story) runs at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge until August 26. These two one-acts by Edward Albee show the playwright dealing with the same issues at two different points in his career. The Zoo Story is a one-act play written at the beginning of the famous playwright’s career. At Home at the Zoo was written later as Albee wanted to explore the character of Peter who is primarily silent in The Zoo Story, but who is  essential to the play.

The Unicorn Theatre is one of our favorite theatrical spaces.  It is small and intimate with every seat a good one. A part of  The Berkshire Theatre Group, The Unicorn is often the venue for challenging material which Zoo Story certainly was when it was first produced.

Bob has a history with The Zoo Story since he was involved in its first production at The Actors Studio where he was stage manager and also a member of the playwright’s group. For more details about that, listen to our discussion.

Discussion of Zoo Story

Then check out the Berkshire Theatre Group website for tickets and more information about their season.

Berkshire Theatre Group website

Million Dollar Quartet

December 4, 1956 is an iconic moment in Rock and Roll history. This is when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis were all at Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips who had started them on their celebrated carers. This unique evening is recreated at the Unicorn Theatre  until July 15. Hopefully, the original evening was as much fun as the one that the audience enjoyed on opening night. Many old favorites like Blue Suede Shoes, Great Balls of Fire, Down By the Riverside had the audience toe-tapping away. After the ninety minute performance, the performers offered an encore of songs that were exhilarating. The skill of the performers, captured the excitement of this music that was to enthrall a generation.

Bob and I had the chance to talk with three of the performers a few hours before a performance after we had enjoyed their performances. Colin Summers who was Carl Perkins, Bill Sheets who was Johnny Cash and Christy Coco who played a girl friend of Elvis who was able to deliver some terrific songs of her own.

Click below to hear the interview, then click the website or call 413-997-4444 for tickets. Even if you are not of the Rock and Roll generation you will have a great time.

Million Dollar Quartet Interview

Berkshire Theatre Group Website


      The original group December 4, 1956