In the play Lake Effect by Tom Dudzick, it’s 1977 and the Pazinskis gather for an important family meeting and find themselves trapped in their own bar during Buffalo’s famous Blizzard of ’77. With a driving ban in effect and nowhere to go, they’re forced to grapple with a mixture of both hilarious and heartfelt issues.

Lake Effect runs at Lake George Dinner Theatre through October 11th and we are joined now by actors Hillary Parker and Bryan McElroy and by Lake George Dinner Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Terry Rabine.

  Stageworks/Hudson is presenting a return engagement of the play, Tomorrow in the Battle by Kieron Barry through August 31 at Stageworks’ Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, in Hudson, New York.

Starring Danielle Skraastad, Christopher Kelly and Olivia Gilliatt, under the direction of Laura Margolis, Tomorrow in the Battle received its world premiere at Stageworks in August 2012. Brought back by popular demand, the production played to enthusiastic houses and critical acclaim. Tomorrow in the Battle finds Simon, a heart surgeon, in a heated affair with Jennifer who is a successful young investor that he met at an opera. Though oblivious to her husband’s betrayal, Simon’s wife Anna has contrived a romantic seduction of her own.

Swoosie Kurtz

Aug 20, 2014


  In Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family, Swoosie Kurtz shares just the right combination of personal misadventure and showbiz lore, candidly reflecting on the right choices that empowered her, the wrong choices that enlightened her, and the intimate journey of caring for an aging parent.

    The Mac-Haydn Theatre is celebrating their 46th season, producing a series of first-rate musicals each summer season. Their upcoming production is The Full Monty.

The show brings us to Buffalo, NY, where the steel mill has closed and the guys are out of work. They’ve hit rock bottom, until, encouraged by a show their wives are enjoying, they come up with a scheme to ‘bare it all’, and get back on their feet.

The Full Monty runs from August 21st through the 31st. Today we meet George Dvorsky and Monica Wemitt, who will be appearing as Harold and Vicki Nichols in the show.


  Thursday, August 14th at 4pm, The Berkshire Theatre Group - in partnership with Chesterwood - will present "Lincoln's Favorite Shakespeare" - an afternoon reading of President Abraham Lincoln's favorite writing by Shakespeare.

  A quartet of noted actors are donating their performances to the event which has been assembled and annotated by noted Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer and is produced and directed by Gordon Hyatt.

One of the actors is Chris Noth, who is best known for his work on Law & Order, Sex and the City, and The Good Wife.

    The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival began in 1987 with an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed under the stars at Manitoga, industrial designer Russell Wright's home in Garrison, New York. The following year HVSF was officially born. Boscobel House and Gardens, in Garrison, became its new home and HVSF grew dramatically, from its first audience of 230 to over 35,000 in 2013. Twenty-eight years later, HVSF is a critically acclaimed regional theater, attracting audiences from the tri-state area and beyond, and operating a year-round education program. 

This year, Hudson Valley Shakespeare presents the bard's Othello, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and David Ives’ The Liar. The shows run in rep through the end of this month. They also present a family-friendly 90-minute production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream on August 18th and 19th. 

    On August 6th The Philadelphia Orchestra will kick off their three week summer season at The Saratoga Performing Arts Center with The Great American Songbook.

Bramwell Tovey conducts an evening of music from the Gershwins, Bernstein, and Copland with vocal selections sung by Brian Stokes Mitchell.

  Recently, on a quiet day at the Lenox Library – just down the road from Tanglewood – a big time star walked in and offered to do a fund-raiser. Surprised, but delighted, the Library signed him up and the event takes place next Friday night.

Joan Marcus

  Tony Award winner, two-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Jim Dale has a brand new one-man show. Just Jim Dale has him doing what he does best – presenting an evening of song and stories.

Dale will recount a lifetime of showbiz tales—from his start on the famed British Music Hall stage, through his Broadway triumphs in Scapino, Barnum, and Me and My Girl, to his experiences narrating all seven “Harry Potter” audio-books and having his voice star in television’s Pushing Daisies.

His  12-week off-Broadway run with the Roundabout Theatre Company at the Laura Pels Theatre in NYC wraps up on August 10th.


   Barrington Stage Company will be presenting the world premiere of Dancing Lessons, the new romantic comedy by playwright and BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain from August 7th – 24th.

Directed by Barrington Stage Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, Dancing Lessons stars John Cariani and Paige Davis. John Cariani made his BSC debut as ‘Dogberry’ in last summer’s Much Ado About Nothing. Cariani is also the playwright of the play Almost, Maine. Paige Davis is known for Broadway’s Chicago and TLC’s Trading Spaces.