Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night
plays at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA through August 4th. This is one of Shakespeare’s most produced comedies. It is always delightful, no matter how many times   you see it.  For a play that starts with the line, “If music be the food of love, play on,”it seems appropriate that this production is filled with music. Set at the seaside in 1959, the play once again shows Shakespeare as a playwright for all times. The set, the costumes, the music reflect a particular time as well as all times. This Fifties were  when, as director Allyn Burrows points out, music was enjoying a new energy. Like the music, this production is vibrant and engaging. Click below to hear what Bob and I have to say about it.

Twelfth Night Discussion

Then click on Shakespeare and Company’s website or call  413-637-3353 for tickets and more information about the season.

For other views visit Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Twelfth Night Video

 

Bryce Michael Wood, Gregory Boover and Ella Loudon

 

Steven Barkhimer, Nigel Gore, Gregory Boover

 

Gregory Boover, Steven Barkhimer and Miles Anderson

 

The Waverly Gallery

Bob and I were eager to see The Waverly Gallery. We had read the enthusiastic reviews about the recent Broadway revival with Elaine May and were intrigued by the subject. More than that, however, was that the Shakespeare and Company cast consisted of actors whose performances we had enjoyed in past productions of many different plays. Seeing it, we were engrossed each moment with their performances of this story of a vital woman slipping into Alzheimer’s Disease After you listen to our discussion of the play by clicking below on

Discussion of The Waverly Gallery

Order tickets by going to Shakespeare and Company’s website  Shakespeare and Company  or call 413-637-3353.

For reviews of the play click on Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

You can also view this video about the play.

Shakespeare and Company Waverly Gallery Video

Shakespeare and Company’s 2019 Season

There is nothing that brightens our winter days more than the announcement of the new seasons of theatre to come. Shakespeare and Company has announced the plays it will be presenting in the coming months. Bob and I talk about the season and about the various ticket options available. Bob and I have been enjoying Shakespeare and Company productions for many years. There is a combination of the work of William Shakespeare and contemporary plays. Each time we see a new production of a familiar Shakespeare play we are delighted with the fresh insight and enjoyment it offers.  The plays by modern playwrights are also a pleasure. The quality of the performances are outstanding in all of the productions. Click below to listen to what we have to say.

Discussion of Shakespeare and Company Season

Then click on the link to this video with Allyn Burrows, the Artistic Director

Allyn Burrows video

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Shakespeare and Company’s Fall Festival

Kevin Coleman and students

This year marks the 30th year of Shakespeare and Company’s Fall Festival. Education artists from Shakespeare and Company work with ten high schools in Massachusetts and New York to mount  90 minute productions of Shakespeare’s plays. First the productions are presented at the participating schools. Then all the schools present at The Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. This event usually takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving. This year the dates are November 15 to 18. Due to the predicted snow storm, one of Thursday’s performances is rescheduled for Sunday.

As an audience member, you not only enjoy the productions, but also the audience of high school students cheering on each other’s work. This is not a competition, but a sharing of Shakespeare’s work.  In his book, Shakespeare: A Way to Learn, Bob wrote that this audience was as close as one could get to an original Shakespearean audience as it responds to the plays with a fresh enthusiasm.

The Festival is primarily the work of Kevin Coleman, Shakespeare and Company’s Education Director. We have interviewed Kevin about the Festival numerous times on our radio program and on our blog.

Click below for our first interview with Kevin. He also talks about programs other than the Fall Festival

Kevin Coleman on the Fall Festival, 2012

The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association awarded Kevin and Shakespeare and Company The Larry Murray Award for Community Outreach and Support through Theatre this year.

Click below to see more about the awards.

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

 

HIR

 HIR by Taylor Mac plays at Shakespeare and Company through October 7.  This  contemporary drama  looks at an American family as its life  shifts into an uncertain future. It is a play that absorbs the audience  and leads to extended discussions of many aspects of American life.  Bob and I were fortunate to talk with three of the four cast members, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Adam Huff and Jack Doyle. There was much to talk about. Don’t miss what they have to say.

Click below to listen to the discussion

Interview with three of the cast of HIR

Then quickly order tickets by clicking below or by calling (413) 637-3353.

Shakespeare and Company website

There is a talk back with the cast after each Friday and Saturday evening performance so that you can join in the discussion about this intriguing play.

 

 

Mothers and Sons


Mothers and Sons 
by Terrence McNally runs at Shakespeare and Company until September 9. This is a compelling  examination of a mother still grieving the death of her son. After many years She visits his ex-partner who has  moved on with a new partner. This often witty play examines a contemporary issue and how it plays out in terms of family relationships.

Bob and I were deeply moved by the production and were fortunate to  discuss the play with the director, James Warwick, actress Annette Miller who plays the mother, and David Gow who plays Will Ogden, the new partner.

To listen to our interview, click below

Mothers and Sons Interview with director and cast members

For tickets go to the theatre’s website or call (413) 637-3353

Shakespeare and Company website

To read reviews of the play, click below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Watch video of cast

Mothers and Sons video

 

Mothes and Sons 1

 

 

 

 

Heisenberg

 Heisenberg is an intriguing play which runs through September 2nd at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA.  The playwright, Simon Stephens, is widely produced throughout Europe and the United States. His plays like Heisenberg and  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night have challenging themes and quirky characters. The production at Shakespeare and Company is closing soon. It is worth seeing to enter the world of these unique characters.

Bob and I talked with Tamara Hickey and Malcolm Ingram about their experience with the play. Click below to hear what they have to say.

Tamara Hickey and Malcolm Ingram discussing Heisenberg

Director Tina Packer talks about the play with Tamara Hickey in the video below

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For tickets click on website below

Shakespeare and Company website

You can read what the critics have to say by clicking below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association