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

 

 

The Bakelite Masterpiece

the-bakelite-masterpieceThe Berkshire Theatre Group and WAM Theatre have co-produced   The Bakelite Masterpiece which is playing at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge until October 23. This is a deeply moving  play engaging the audience’s attention completely for its seventy-five minutes running time. We interviewed the two remarkable actors who bring the characters and the situation to life, David Adkins and Corrina May. After we had seen the play. we could talk with them about how they created the reality on stage that immediately captured our emotions  and left us thinking long afterwards.

Please click on the link below to hear the interview.

Interview with David Adkins and Corinna May

Now click for:

The Berkshire Theatre Group website

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The WAM website

Scan down the WAM website for a rehearsal video

 

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David Adkins, Kristen Van Ginhoven, director and Corinna May

 

 

 

A Playgoer’s Weekend

pbn3-audience0019This weekend is a playgoer’s delight and/or dilemma. There are four plays opening, one that has just opened and a one evening play reading. As some  theatres are ending their seasons, others are starting  their seasons. We are fortunate to have almost year round theatre in our area. Concluding successful seasons, Barrington Stage is presenting Camping With Henry and Tom and Oldcastle offers The Ride Down Mount Morgan. The Berkshire Theatre Group just opened The Bakelite Masterpiece. The Dorset Players are starting their season with Blithe Spirit and Hubbard Hall is kicking off with Peter and the Starcatcher. 

Fortunately, except for the Dorset Players production of Blithe Spirit which runs only this weekend and next, the other productions are running until October 23. However, you should check their websites for dates and times.

The play reading of Hamlet with Finn Wittrock as Hamlet at Shakespeare and Company is only Saturday, October 8 at 7 pm.

We have already posted a blog of our interviews with actors from The Ride Down Mount Morgan. We have also interviewed actors from Blithe Spirit and Peter and the Starcatcher. These programs  will play at our new time this Sunday noon to one on WBTN. We will post blogs about them after they have aired on WBTN. We will be posting our interview on the reading of Hamlet shortly.

To go the the theatres’ websites, click on the highlighted links. Meanwhile, enjoy the videos that are available.

Oldcastle Theatre Company

 The Dorset Players

Hubbard Hall

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Barrington Stage

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The Berkshire Theatre Group

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Shakespeare and Company

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The Club

073115_TheClub2The Club by Eve Merriam will have a limited run at The Garage from July 31 to August 9. The Garage is part of the Berkshire Theatre Group and is next to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.The play is a musical written my Merriam in 1976. It opened at the Circle in the Square and was directed by Tommy Tune. It is set in an Edwardian men’s club early in the 20th century. Here men can be men and talk and sing about women. Merriam collected original songs of the period from the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. The attitudes of men at the time towards women come through clearly in the sexist jokes and songs. The twist is that the men are played by women.  In 1977 The Club won an Obie for all its cast in The Distinguished Production category.

Merriam is best known as a writer of poetry, fiction and biography for children. However, she wrote eight plays and eight novels for adults. Her Inner City Mother Goose is poetry for adults.

Bob and I had the privilege of interviewing Annette Miller who acts and sings in it and Rocco Sisto who co-directed the play with is wife Barbara Allen.

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Annette Miller

Interview with Annette Miller

 

Interview with Rocco Sisto

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Rocco Sisto