Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Berkshire Theatre Group Presents: The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful

  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.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

"The Babylon Line" At Powerhouse

Leslie Bibb and Josh Radnor
Credit © Vassar & New York Stage and Film / Buck Lewis

    It's 1967 and a 38-year-old writer from bohemian Greenwich Village commutes to Levittown, on Long Island in New York, to teach an adult-education creative writing class. He finds anything but the cookie-cutter lives he expected in this straight-laced community, as his students come to discover the power of storytelling to transform their lives. And one special student – a kindred spirit? or something more? – reawakens him to his own artistic impulses.

The Babylon Line is a new play by Richard Greenberg, directed by Terry Kinney for New York Stage and Film and Vassar College's Powerhouse Theatre season. The production runs tonight through July 12th and stars Josh Radnor and Leslie Bibb who join us to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed June 25, 2014

The Sandisfield Players Present Dylan Thomas’ "Under Milk Wood"


  The Sandisfield Players are presenting a production of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood. It features a cameo performance by Simon Winchester and narration by Benjamin Luxon.

This is a rare opportunity to hear the poetry and humor of Thomas’ wonderful creation, Under Milk Wood. The play spans one entire day and a dreaming night in the life of a small Welsh seaside town through a series of lyric adventures, each with its own cast of eccentric and sometimes bawdy characters.

Commissioned in 1953 by the BBC it was finished only a month before Dylan Thomas’ death at age 39.

Benjamin Luxon is the narrator and director. In the 1970’s and 80’s, Luxon was one of the most versatile and gifted operatic Baritones singing all over the world, and in almost every genre of music. But Luxon’s career was cut short by acute hearing loss. Now instead of Opera, it’s the spoken word.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Sam Lloyd Is "Fully Committed" At ATF


  Adirondack Theatre Festival kicks off its 20th Anniversary Season with Becky Mode’s comedy Fully Committed, starring Sam Lloyd of TV’s Scrubs. The show opens tonight and runs through June 28th.

Sam Lloyd stars as Sam Peliczowski, an aspiring actor working as the reservationist at a posh Manhattan restaurant. In a tour de force performance, he also plays close to 40 callers, including a wealthy socialite, a gangster, a Japanese tourist, and a supermodel’s frenzied assistant.

In addition to his time as Ted Buckwald on Scrubs, Sam Lloyd’s numerous TV credits include recurring roles on Desperate Housewives, West Wing, and Seinfeld. He has also performed Fully Committed at the Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT and most recently at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where his performance was called “a masterclass of comic character acting.”

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Tim Daly Stars In "Red" By John Logan At The Dorset Theatre Festival

      Red is a six-Time Tony Award Winning play about famed artist Mark Rothko. The Dorset Theatre Festival production of Red stars Tim Daly and runs June 19-July 6th.

Under the watchful gaze of his seemingly naive young assistant, Red chronicles artist Mark Rothko as he struggles to complete a lucrative set of murals for Manhattan's exclusive Four Seasons restaurant.

Here we speak with Tim Daly about the show, his Vermont roots, and why acting in the theater satisfies more than for television. 

Hudson Valley News
3:52 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

SUNY Ulster Stages Play As A Posthumous Tribute

A play this weekend at a State University of New York community college in the Hudson Valley will be performed in memory of a well-known figure in Ulster County.

SUNY Ulster’s Theater Department June 13 and 14 will perform A Day in Court, written by Ron Marquette, who was the college’s coordinator of community relations and special events until his death in 2013.

“His energy, his humor his ebullience were absolutely infectious,” says Collins. “And I said the term that people use was force of nature. Without a doubt, Ron was a force of nature.”

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Woodstock Playhouse 4th Season


  The Woodstock Playhouse opens its 4th season of Summer Repertory theater on June 19th with Monty Python’s Spamalot. The season runs through August 10th with productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, The Three Musketeers, and West Side Story.

The Summer Repertory is staged in an intimate 321-seat theatre in the heart of Woodstock, NY allowing theatre-goers an elevated sensory experience of live performance from future rising Broadway performers.

Here to tell us more are Doug Farrell, co-manager of The Woodstock Playhouse along with Spamalot cast members Kyle Graae, Evan Dolan, and Sarah Kawalek.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed June 11, 2014

"Kiss Me Kate" At Barrington Stage Through July 12

    Barrington Stage Company the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA kicks off their 20th Anniversary Season with Kiss Me, Kate - with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and book by Sam and Bella Spewack.

We are joined at The Linda by the production’s director, Joe Calarco, musical director, Darren Cohen and cast members Elizabeth Stanley, Paul Anthony Stewart, Mara Davi, Carlos Lopez, and Michael Dean Morgan.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue May 20, 2014

John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes Of Wrath" At The Ghent Playhouse

  The Ghent Playhouse will present John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the classic saga of displaced heartland Americans during the Dust Bowl Depression. Performances dates are May 23-25, May 30-June 1 and June 6-8. The novel was adapted for the stage by Frank Galati and the Steppenwolff Theater Company. This production is being directed by Joe Phillips.

Renowned first as a novel, and then as a prize-winning motion picture, the story of the Joad family and their flight from the dust bowl of Oklahoma is familiar to most. The American classic celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year.

Here to tell us about the Ghent Playhouse production are the director, Joe Phillips, actor Kevin Barhydt who plays Tom Joad, and Judy Staber, Board member and PR handler for The Ghent Playhouse.

Arts & Culture
12:25 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The God Game"

“The God Game,” a new play being offered at Capital Repertory Theatre through May 25, tells a thoughtful story in a totally engaging manner.  It has enough drama to keep you interested during its two hour running time but it doesn’t depend on the scandal of the moment to drive the story.

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