Time Stands Still

Time Stands Still plays at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts through October 13. The play  addresses much that concerns us as we watch television or read magazines and newspapers and see the visual accounts of distant wars. The story is also a personal one of people in complicated relationships. As usual at Shakespeare and Company, the actors absorb you into their world of these friends and lovers. We always marvel at how skillfully the actors  move from Shakespeare to contemporary plays and are fully the specific characters they are performing. This is absorbing theatre on every level. Listen to our brief comments on the play Time Stands Still

Watch the trailer Time Stands Still trailer

Read the reviews Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

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Mark Zeisler, Caroline Calkins, David Joseph and Tamara Hickey

 

David Joseph, Mark Zeisler and Caroline Calins

 

Mark Zeislre, David Joseph and Tamara Hickey

Topdog/Underdog

 Topdog/Underdog plays at Shakespeare and Company’s Tina Packer Theatre through September 8. The play by Suzan-Lori Parks was named by the New York Times as the most important American play in the last twenty-five years. Set in the present, the play is haunted by the history of black families in the United States. Dealing with issues that resonate in their personal lives, the brothers are also facing the  larger problem of survival. Booth is a skilled shop lifter and Lincoln is a reformed card shark.  In the small space they share emotions range from brotherly love to sibling rivalry as they help and hurt each other. There are joyous moments and sad ones. You can listen to what Bob and I thought of the play by clicking on Topdog/Underdog discussion. 

For tickets click on Shakespeare and Company   or call (413) 637-3353

For reviews click on Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Watch the video of the cast and director discussing the play

Deaon Griffin-Pressley and Bryce Michael Wood

 

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare and Company presents The Merry Wives of Windsor through September 1. This rollicking comedy is presented outdoors in The Roman Garden Theatre. This lovely space is ideal for the comings and goings of the various characters. Queen Elizabeth must have been delighted to see how the women outwitted the men. Shakespeare’s comedies often border on farce. One can imagine the Bard of Avon being a top comedy writer in every period and with every medium. Some of the great comedians of film and television would have found his material just what they wanted. This comedy should be produced more frequently than it is. Bob and I discuss this production in greater detail. Click on the link Discussion of Merry Wives of Windsor

For tickets click on Shakespeare and Company   or call (413) 637-3353

For reviews click on Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Then watch Director Kevin Coleman video

 

Nigel Gore, Jennie Jadow and MaConnia Chesser
Cloteal l. Horne and Nigel Gore
Martin Jason Aspre7, Tobias Goodman, Jennie Jadow and MaConnia Chesser

The Children

Shakespeare and Company presents The Children by Lucy Kirkwood at the Elayne Bernstein Theatre through August 18. This play blends comedy and drama as three old friends deal with issues that are personal and social. The audience is engrossed as each moment reveals new information about the trio’s complicated relationship. Set in England, the play deals with matters that are contemporary and universal. Although no children appear on stage, questions about the children are crucial to understanding their situation.

Discussion of The Children   

James Warwick on The Children

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Ariel Bock , Jonathan Epstein and Diane Prusha

 

 

 

The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare and Company presents William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew outdoors at the Mount,  Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox, MA through August 17. Seeing these outdoor productions is always a delight. For some of us who remember the early days of Shakespeare and Company, these productions bring  happy memories of the days when the company was in residence at The Mount.  Looking at the families sitting on the green hillside, it is clear that new memories of Shakespeare productions out of doors are being created. The Taming of the Shrew is a challenging play which Bob and I discuss. That, however, does not diminish the pleasure of this production.

Click the link for our discussion.  Discussion of The Taming of the Shrew

Listen to director Kelly Galvin share her thoughts  Kelly Galvin on Taming of the Shrew

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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

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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

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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.