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Arts & Culture
10:45 am
Fri June 28, 2013

"Animal Crackers" at The Williamstown Theatre Festival

  Hooray for Captain Spaulding! The intrepid African explorer, inveterate womanizer, and interminable jokester hobnobs with high society as the guest of honor at a swanky soiree. But when a priceless painting is pilfered, he and the guests are swept up in a screwball search for the thief.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Animal Crackers overflows with mirthful melodies, dynamite dancing, and seriously silly slapstick. Animal Crackers brings a new interpretation of the Marx Brothers’ hit Broadway musical and classic film to the Main Stage.

The show is adapted and directed by Henry Wishcamper and the nine-person cast portrays 21 roles. Henry Wishcamper joins us this morning.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Thu June 27, 2013

"Downtown Race Riot" at Powerhouse

Rehearsal photo - Downtown Race Riot - Left to Right: Annabella Sciorra, Molly Carden
Credit Buck Lewis / Vassar & NY Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater

    There’s a riot on in Washington Square Park and a motley band of feckless, funny young men are spoiling for a fight. Against this backdrop of tribal loyalties and petty beefs, 18-year old Pnut McPartland has to pick sides and hustle his family and his friends just to stay alive.

Downtown Race Riot is a new play by Seth Svi Rosenfeld and it’s running at New York Stage and Film and Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theatre through July 7th. 

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue June 18, 2013

"Scott and Zelda" reading at Williamtown Theatre Festival

    F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald share a famously tumultuous and public life together. In Scott and Zelda, we hear the story in their own words – drawn from novels, including The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night, alongside commentary from intimates like Ernest Hemingway and others. Their edgy union, challenged by traumatic breakdowns and critical failures, found its best expression in their final letters, which are among the most moving ever written.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival will present a reading of Kay Cattarulla’s Scott and Zelda on Monday, July 1st. The reading will feature John Benjamin Hickey and Patricia Clarkson and will be directed by Maria Tucci.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu June 13, 2013

"On The Town" at Barrington Stage

Credit Kevin Sprague

    Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA is kicking off their 19th season with On the Town - the show that introduced the genius talents of Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden and Adolph Green to Broadway audiences.

Set in 1944, On the Town is the story of three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City. Squeezed for time, they somehow manage to find love and incredible adventures in the Big Apple.

Barrington Stage’s production - which runs through July 13th - is directed by Tony Award winner, John Rando - who directed Guys and Dolls at BSC in 2011. The musical director is Darren Cohen. These two talented men join us along with cast members Tony Yazbeck, Clyde Alves, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Elizabeth Stanley, and Alysha Umphress.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Bill Army in "Old Jews Telling Jokes" Off-Broadway

Bill Army, Tom Susman, Marilyn Sokol in "Old Jews Telling Jokes"
Credit Joan Marcus

    Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, Old Jews Telling Jokes showcases five actors in a revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. The show also features comic songs—brand-new and satisfyingly old—as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world and to the Old Jews Telling Jokes website, which inspired the show.

Old Jews Telling Jokes has been cracking up off-broadway audiences for more than a year - having opened at the Westside Theatre on 43rd street in May of 2012.

Our guest, Bill Army plays Reuben in the show - here with speak with him about that, his other work, and his goals.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Berkshire Playwrights Lab Gala - Tony Shalhoub

    Emmy and Golden Globe award winner (and Tony nominee), Tony Shalhoub will participate in the Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s Sixth Annual Gala Celebration at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on June 7th. They will present staged readings of new short plays by a roster of playwrights including Joe Cacaci, Richard Dresser, Mark Malone, Maddy Meyers and Anna Ziegler.

The short film, Food for Thought, written and directed by Joe Cacaci and starring Minnie Driver, Meeghan Holoway, and Tony Shaloub will screen at BIFF this Thursday.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed May 15, 2013

The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene's "Ghetto Tango" presented by Congregation Ahavath Sholom

Zalmen Mlotek

    In celebration of its 90th Anniversary, Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Great Barrington, MA is sponsoring The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene's production of Ghetto Tango at The Mahaiwe this Sunday, May 19th.

The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene's Artistic Director, Zalmen Mlotek, joins us to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed May 1, 2013

"Red" at CapRep

    In John Logan’s Tony award-winning play, Red, iconoclastic Mark Rothko, the misanthropic abstract-expressionist painter, confronts his decision to accept a lucrative commercial commission.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Williamstown Theatre Festival - 2013 Season Preview

Artistic Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Jenny Gersten
Credit John Dolan

    As in her first season, artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival Jenny Gersten has announced there will be a total of seven productions, three on the main stage and four on the Nikos stage at this year’s festival. The performing season will run from June 26 to August 18th.

For their Summer 2013 season, the highly anticipated World Premiere of Bridges of Madison County, a new musical by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman; a revival of Animal Crackers; and a Nicholas Martin-directed production of George Bernard Shaw’s classic Pygmalion.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue April 23, 2013

"Ask Mrs. Honey B." in the GE Theatre at Proctors

     Mrs. Honey B. is a no-nonsense disciplinarian with staunch traditional values, and a modern day life coach. In Ask Mrs. Honey B. she talks with her audience about issues like relationships, parenting, in-laws, sexting and dealing with adult children who boomerang back home.

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