Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Long Day’s Journey Into Night runs at the Weston Playhouse until September 3.  This the the third in  Weston’s Celebrating the  Classics series.  Bob and I saw the original production of Long Day’s Journey…  on Broadway and have seen several productions since. However, as with Weston’s production last year of All My Sons, we gained new insight and appreciation of this masterwork by Eugene O’Neil.  No one should think because they once saw a play, that they don’t have to  see a different production of it. Each cast and director brings a fresh approach to the work, particularly if it is a play of the quality of this one. There will be a week of matinee performances for students who will be lucky  for their first encounter with this play to be with this cast.

Bob and I were fortunate enough to interview Derek Smith who plays James Tyrone, the father of this tormented family. Derek generously saw us between the matinee and evening performances. Listen to our talk with him by clicking below.

Interview with Derek Smith

Then go to the Weston Playhouse website to order tickets.

Weston Playhouse website

 

Click below on Weston 101 for more background information about the play and an interview with the director.

Weston 101

Buyer & Cellar

 Buyer & Cellar plays at the Rod and Gun Club of the Weston Playhouse until September 3. This one man show is well worth seeing. Five characters come vividly to life through the skilled interpretation of Kyle Branzel. Bob and I were first impressed by this young actor in last year’s Weston Playhouse production of Murder for Two.  This year we  interviewed Kyle a few hours before opening night. We then had the pleasure of watching him perform in the intimate setting of the Rod and Gun Club where we have enjoyed many Weston productions.

Listen to the interview by clicking on the link below. Kyle not only gives a fine introduction to the play, but  also offers interesting insights into the actor’s life.

Interview with Kyle Branzel  Buyer & Cellar Part 1

Interview with Kyle Branzel  Buyer & Cellar Part 2

 

 

Click below on the Weston Playhouse website for tickets and further information.

Weston Playhoue website

Click to see a short video

Buyer & Cellar video

In the Weston 101 video, director Steve Stettler talks about the play

Buyer & Cellar Weston 101   

For more about Kyle Branzel click on the link to his website.

Kyle Branzel website

The Music Man

The Music  Man runs until August 19 at the Weston Playhouse. Weston’s motto is that it celebrates the classics and nurtures the new.  There are two classic American plays that deal with a  traveling salesman who “doesn’t know the territory.” Both of these plays have had productions at the Weston Playhouse. They are however quite different. One of them is Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller and the other is The Music Man by Meredith Willson. Each in its own way gives a glimpse of times in the United States that have passed. Madison Avenue, shopping malls and the Internet are among the reasons  we can only encounter traveling salesmen on our stages and not in our towns, large and small.

Meeting Harold Hill in this production is probably more fun than even the most successful traveling salesman in the past. Meredith Willson’s melodies recreate a 1912 River City that may never have existed, but should have. The cast is excellent and the audience leaves the theatre with the lovely music playing in their heads.

Bob and I had the pleasure of talking with three of the cast members: David Bonanno who plays Harold Hill, Marissa McGowan who plays Marian the Librarian, and Michael Mendez who plays Marcellus Washburn, Hill’s accomplice.

The Music Man Interview

Click on Weston’s website to buy tickets and find out about the rest of the season.

Weston Playhouse Website

David Bonanno and Michael Mendez

David Bonanno and Marissa McGowan

 

 

Click below to see a preview of the show

The Music Man Preview

For a discussion of the background of the play, click below

Weston 101 The Music Man

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Lost in Yonkers

Lost in Yonkers plays at The Weston Playhouse until July 29. This play by Neil Simon won both a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize. The production at Weston captures the world of 1942 through the acting, the set and costumes. Facing difficult times with humor, two adolescent boys are left by their grieving father with their domineering grandmother and their kind, but limited, aunt.

Bob and I have enjoyed this play each time  we have seen it. Each production brings its own quality to this engaging story. We were particularly pleased to see Michael Seltzer in the role of the older son as we have watched his work since he was a member of Weston’s Young Company for several years.

The play has only a one week run.  Click on the links below to hear our discussion, to order tickets and find out about the rest of the Playhouse season.

Discussion of Lost in Yonkers

Weston Playhouse Website

 

Neil Simon on Lost in Yonkers

Click on the photo to hear the playwright talk about his work

 

Weston does an interview on each play that it produces as part of its Weston 101 project  Click on the photo below to hear a discussion with h actress Elizabeth Franz and Director,  Kent Paul

Tenderly

Rosemary Clooney had a successful career as a singer in the 1950s. Her professional life, however, was smoother than her personal life in which she overcame many obstacles.   She and her sister, Betty, had been abandoned by their mother when they were adolescents. Her marriage to Jose Ferrer was difficult. However, after a breakdown in the 1960s, Rosemary came back and worked steadily, singing and recording  until her death in 2002.

At The Weston Playhouse.s second stage, The Rod and Gun Club, Tenderly, a play about Clooney’s life, runs until August 5. Susan Haefner plays Rosemay Clooney, Sam Lloyd, Jr. plays her psychiatrist and many other people in her life. There is music and drama in this lovely tribute to a courageous and talented woman. After seeing the play, Bob and I had the pleasure of talking to the actors about the play’s development and the rehearsal process . Click the link below to listen to them.

Interview with Susan Haefner and Sam Lloyd, Jr.

Then click below to order tickets from the Weston Play House website. The theatre is small and when we went it was filled to capacity.This is a play you don’t want to miss.

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Click on the image below to watch the Weston 101 interview with Susan and director, Tim Forthttp://

Really Rosie

Weston Playhouse’s Young Company performs the family show in the afternoon, the cabarets at night and is in the Main Stage musical. This year they are doing Really Rosie, a delightful production that is truly for the entire   family. Watching the young actors interact with the children in the audience before and during the show is one of the many pleasures  of the performance.

The songs  and dances in Really Rosie engage every member of the audience young or old. The production goes until July 9 so calling or clicking of the company’s website quickly is a good idea.

Click below to listen to The Young Company talk about their work on Really Rosie.

Click below for the website

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Once

 Once is a musical that has won many awards both as a film and as a stage production. Those prizes are well deserved. To realize how well, be sure to see the production at The Weston Playhouse which will be performing until July 15. From the half an hour before show time, when the audience can go on stage for a ginger beer while the ensemble is playing, you will be enchanted by this special love story. One feels the love not only from the two principals but emanating from the entire cast even when Dubliner Billy denounces “the banker from Cork.” As everyone sings, dances, acts and plays their instruments, you enter an enchanted world.

Bob and I were fortunate enough to interview Guy and Girl  (Brad Standley and Julie Benko) However, when we saw them on stage they had transformed from the friendly actors we interviewed into their characters who were living through crucial moments in their lives.

Listen to them by clicking below

Interview with Julie Benko and Brad Stadley.

Then watch Piper Goodeve’s interview with director Micahel Berresse by clicking on the Weston 101 image.

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And then get your tickets by either calling the box office 892-824-5288 or clicking on their website westonplayhouse.org

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                              Julie Benko as Girl and Brad Standley as Guy

 

                                                           The Ensemble