God of Carnage

God of Carnage engages its audience on many levels.  A  comedy of manners,  it raises many issues as comedies often do. Two civilized, middle-class couples meet to  deal with the problem of a fight between their sons which has resulted in the loss of teeth of the son of the host couple.  We sense a great deal about these four people from their posture, their clothing and the space between them. That is before they even start talking. When they do, we are in for quite a ride.

The play runs until October 8 at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. There is an additional performance on Thursday, October 5 to benefit the survivors of Hurricanes Erma and Maria.

To listen to what we have to say about the production, click on the link below

God of Carnage

To order tickets click on the theatre’s website below

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The Wharton Comedies

    Two Edith Wharton Comedies, Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life  run until September 10 at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. Wharton is important in the history of the Berkshires as well as in the history of Shakespeare and Company. Bob and I first saw Wharton’s plays, adapted by Dennis Krausnick, many years ago inside  the Mount, Edith Wharton’s “cottage.”  There was a tea included where one could talk with Tina Packer and other members of the company. This was part of the magic of Shakespeare and Company – the performances  in the house, on the lawn, the Bare Bard in the stables. The magic continues at Shakepeare and Company’s current home on Fanny Kemble Road, both in the performances of these Wharton plays and the conversations with members of the company.

Bob and I had the pleasure of talking with the company of the Wharton Comedies, actors David Joseph, Corinna May, Diane Prusha and director, Normi Noel. As always we enjoyed hearing them talk about their work and about the company.

Listen to them by clicking on the link below as we share their insights with you.

The Wharton Comedies Cast

Buy tickets by clicking on the website below or by calling the box office (413) 637-3353.

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The Tempest

The Tempest is always filled with magic. Part of the magic in Shakespeare & Company’s  production is the setting, out of doors in the Shakespeare Garden. Watching it in the early evening was enchanting. The other magic is the actors and Shakespeare. This play has everything, treachery, love and the most hilarious clowns ever.

Bob and I interviewed Allyn Burrows, the director, during rehearsals.  After the interview, he invited us into the garden to watch a rehearsal. That was fun, but seeing the play with the wonderful costumes and Ariel in the trees was even better.

Listen to the interview by clicking on the link to the interview. Then click on the Shakespeare and Company website. Don’t worry if it rains. The play will be under the tent in the Rose Footprint just down the path.

Interview with Allyn Burrows

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Mount in Lenox, MA is August 19. There is a magic seeing this play out of doors, whether  it is early in the morning or later in the day. The comedy includes a mix-up of young lovers, sprites and rude mechanicals. The play is concluding a run that started in the middle of July. The cast features a mix of Shakespeare & Company veterans and newcomers.  Bob and I were fortunate to interview Jonathan Croy, c0-director of the play, who brings insight that is the result of being involved as a director or actor with the play seventeen times.

After listening to the interview, by clicking on the link below

Interview with Jonathan Croy

Click on the the web site Shakespeare.org 

or call Shakespeare & Company’s box office at (413) 637-3353 to find the dates and times of the performances of this family friendly show. There are not many performances left and you don’t want to miss this delightful comedy.

Intimate Apparel

Intimate Apparel runs  at the Elayne Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA until August 13. The company has added two matinees on August 8 and 9  for this popular play by Lynn Nottage.

Bob and I spoke with Daniela Varon, the director, and actress Nehassaiu deGannes, who plays Esther, the main character. Their positive feelings for the play were evident. Later when Bob and I saw the play we were transported back to 1905  where the young seamstress  Esther hoped to find a  life  for herself in New York City different from what the South offered African-American women at the time. The dreams and destinies of Esther and her friends, male and female, were shaped by the society that hovers outside the small bedrooms they inhabit. Their world comes alive as we feel their hopes, their pain and their moments of connecting to each other. If you have never seen the play, you should. If you have seen it, revisiting a play is always a joy to see how a new cast offers new insights.

Listen to the interview by clicking below

Intimate Apparel interview

Then go to the website by clicking on the link   or call (413) 637-1199 for tickets.

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Cymbeline

          Tamara Hickey and Thomas Brazzle

William Shakespeare’s infrequently performed play Cymbeline is at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, MA until August 6. This is the first time the play has been performed on the    company’s main stage  as well as the first time Tina Packer, founding Artistic Director of the company, has directed it. Bob and I had never seen a  performance of the play so we were eager to watch the nine versatile actors tell this story.  We also anticipated hearing  Jonathan Epstein talk about the play. Having enjoyed Jonathan’s many performances during his thirty years with the company, we knew that he would provide useful insights into the play.

Click the link below to listen to him

Interview with Jonathan Epstein 

To order tickets, here is a link to

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                                         Nigel Gore and Jonathan Epstein

 

4000 Miles

Shakespeare and Company’s first production of the season is 4000 Miles, a contemporary play by Amy Herzog. It will be performed at the Elayne Bernstein Theatre from May 25 to July 16. Bob and I had the opportunity and the pleasure to interview the director Nicole Riccardi, and actors Greg Boover and Annette Miller while the play was  in rehearsal. Their insights into their characters and the social context from which the people emerge is enlightening as are  their comments about the language of the play. Glimpsing what goes into transforming a play on the page to reality on stage enriches our enjoyment of the performance.

Listen to what the actors and directors have to say by clicking below.

4000 Miles Interview

 

 

 

 

You can buy tickets by phone or through the company’s website

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