For those fortunate enough to see it, the Berkshire Theatre Group production of A Little Night Music will likely be the highlight of the 2014 summer season. A Little Night Music – along with possessing a superbly written story based on an Ingmar Bergman movie, Smiles of a Summer Night – has music and lyrics by the incomparable Stephen Sondheim and book by his late collaborator, Hugh Wheeler. In addition to its pedigree, this current presentation has a cast that could open next week on Broadway.
The Mystery of Irma Vep – currently on the main stage at Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge, Massachusetts – is subtitled: A Penny Dreadful. A quick look in Google offers that Penny Dreadful was the title of a series of stories published in London in the 19th Century. Printed once over a few weeks, they each cost a penny. They were described as escapist readings for working-class boys.
Named one of the best plays of the 20th Century by the New York Times and Time Magazine, The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful is currently running on The Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge, MA.
Aaron Mark directs Charles Ludlam’s campy comedy for BTG - which tells the tale of Lady Enid and Lord Edgar who arrive one stormy night at a haunted and dreary estate to investigate the sudden disappearance of Irma Vep. Sidesplitting antics and mysteries unfold as the two journey from the London manor to the ancient pyramids in Egypt with vampires, werewolves, mummies and more in tow in this satire of Victorian melodrama, Gothic horror and classic films.
Broadway Actor, Bill Bowers and Tony Award-nominated, Tom Hewitt take on eight characters in this classic romp of a gothic spoof.
In the Berkshire Theatre Group’sMary and Edith: Musings by Women a Century Apart, Mary Mott shares stories of her life and Kate Maguire and Kim Taylor perform a stage adaptation of a short story by one of the Berkshires’ most well known authors, Edith Wharton.
In Roman Fever, Mrs. Ansley and Mrs. Slade are old friends vacationing in Rome with their daughters. As the two reminisce, they begin to realize that the secrets they each hold about the past may not be as hidden as they thought.
Roman Fever by Edith Wharton and adapted by Eric Hil is directed by Keira Naughton and stars Kate Maguire (Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO) and Kim Taylor who join us this morning to tell us more.
Interview includes a surprise visit from Kim's husband - James Taylor.