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Arts & Culture
10:45 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Berkshire Theatre Group's production of "Extremities"

    In William Mastrosimone’s psychological thriller, a young woman is violently attacked in her own home. However, once the tables turn, Extremities raises provocative and difficult questions about rape and its aftermath, violence and its justification, justice and its reliability. Who will be held responsible in this riveting game of cat and mouse?

Directed by original cast member, Karen Allen for The Berkshire Theatre Group, Extremities runs through July 27th at The Unicorn Theatre.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon July 15, 2013

"When the Lights Went Out" at Powerhouse

Laura Innes and Cotter Smith in rehearsal for "When The Lights Went Out"
Credit Buck Lewis / © Vassar & New York Stage and Film / Buck Lewis

    On the night of the Northeast blackout of 2003, six New Yorkers connect through interwoven stories. In the darkness, two strangers fall in love during an epic walk across Manhattan; an older couple marooned in their apartment must finally grapple with their past; and a conflicted Iraqi immigrant makes her way across the Brooklyn Bridge chasing memories of her lost son and her homeland through the shadows.

The play, by Mozhan Marnò is the second New York Stage and Film Mainstage show this Powerhouse season at Vassar College. Kate Whoriskey directs and Laura Innes stars. They joins us to discuss the piece.

Commentary & Opinion
12:00 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Bob Goepfert - “Anything Goes” at Proctors Theatre

Credit Instagram/Sarah LaDuke

It is hard to think of any musical with a better score than “Anything Goes.” It’s just as difficult to think of a cast who might perform those numbers better than those in the national tour playing at Proctors through Sunday.

This revival, which originated at Roundabout Theatre in New York City, is a happy musical that entertains and delights with great Cole Porter masterpieces. It opens with “I Get a Kick Out Of You” and follows with classics like “Easy to Love,” “Friendship,” “It’s De-Lovely” and “All Through the Night.”

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Dracula or The Undead - Free Theatre at WTF

Noah Averbach-Katz (Count Dracula) and Elsa Carette (Lucy Westenra)
Credit Paul Fox

    The Free Outdoor production of Dracula, or, The Un-dead plays tonight, tomorrow and next week at the Poker Flats Field in Williamstown.

The production is adapted by Steve Lawson and directed by Jordan Fein and the Dracula duo joins us.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Kate Burton in "Hapgood" at The Williamstown Theatre Festival

Jake Weber (Kerner) and Kate Burton (Hapgood)
Credit T Charles Erickson

    Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood opened at The Williamstown Theatre Festival last night.

It stars WTF favorite and two-time Tony Award nominee Kate Burton, who returns to Williamstown for her 18th season to take on the tour-de-force title role.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Fred Applegate in "Anything Goes" at Proctors

Fred Applegate and Rachel York in Anything Goes.

    The Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Anything Goes, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography, opened last night at Proctors in Schenctady and runs through Sunday.

One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy comes here following a triumphant run on Broadway where The New York Times called it “Musical-comedy joe" and USA Today hailed it as "Glorious and exhuberant!"

In addition to the title song, the show includes the Porter classics “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “De-Lovely,” “You’re the Top,” “Friendship,” “Easy To Love” and more!

Fred Applegate plays Moonface Martin in the show and joins us this morning. Fred has starred in London and on Broadway as Max Bialystock in The Producers. His Broadway credits include Sister Act, La Cage aux Folles, Young Frankenstein, and The Sound of Music.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Woodstock Shakespeare Festival

    Woodstock Shakespeare Festival’s 18th summer season opens July 12th with The Winter’s Tale, one of the bard’s most fascinating late works.

Bird-On-A-Cliff Theatre Company performs The Winter’s Tale outdoors on an Elizabethan stage in Woodstock every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from July 12 through August 4.

David Aston-Reese is Co-Founder/Artistic Director of the company and stars in this production. Veteran actor and director Nicola Sheara directs.

Arts & Culture
11:34 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Weston Playhouse

    It has already been an exciting summer at the Weston Playhouse in Weston, Vermont - and the action continues with two productions opening soon. The Resident Producing Director of Weston, Steve Stettler, joins us along with actors Etai BenShlomo and Lauren Mufson.

Etai plays the role of Henry in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, Next To Normal. He comes from a long run on Broadway in Wicked. With a Tony-winning rock score, Next to Normal peels back the facade of a suburban family dealing with mental illness and other contemporary American struggles.

  Lauren plays Lena in the new musical Loving Leo, a musical exploration of what it means to be a family.Lauren, played Donna on Broadway in Mamma Mia!

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Berkshire Theatre Group's production of "The Lion in Winter"

Treat Williams, Jayne Atkinson, and Joe Donahue

    An epic and humorous tale of political strategy and family dynamics, The Lion In Winter, set during Christmas 1183, tells the story of King Henry II, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John as they play a deadly game of real life chess; winner takes the throne. Who will come out on top as the ruler of England and the ruler of the family? The Lion in Winter proves just how absurd and lethal family rivalries can be.

The Lion in Winter is now up and running at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick stage and plays through July 13th.

To tell us more, we welcome two stars of the production. Jayne Atkinson received Tony nominations for her roles in Enchanted April and The Rainmaker, she has also been seen on Broadway in Blithe Spirit, Our Town and Ivanov. Here television credits include Criminal Minds and 24 and she was in the Netflix series House of Cards. She plays Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Treat Williams plays Henry. Treat Williams began his career on Broadway as Danny Zuko in Grease. His first big film role was the part of Berger in the film version of Hair. For four seasons he starred as Dr. Andy Brown in the critically acclaimed series Everwood. He has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, an Emmy, and has won two Theatre Guild Awards.

The Roundtable
10:45 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Shakespeare & Company

Credit Kevin Sprague

    A master class with famed opera singer Maria Callas is an intimidating affair. Just ask Sophie, her first “victim” in Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning Master Class – now being presented by Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA.

McNally takes us inside Callas’ infamous sessions, which she conducted late in her career. Callas regales us with the details of her illustrious and controversial professional life, encouraging her pupils to take notes. Master Class prompts the question so often posed by artists: What is the price of fame?

Actress Annette Miller embodies Callas in a true tour de force performance. Miller was last seen at Shakespeare & Company’s 35th Season hit, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. She and Elizabeth Aspenlieder join us - she is the Communications Director and an Artistic Associate at Shakespeare & Company.

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