"Mothers and Sons" with Paul Murphy and Wendy Power Spielmann at the Ghent Playhouse
With winter creeping in upon us, and most of the major theaters shuttered for the time-being, it is time to concentrate on what our local presenters can bring to the picture. Some fine work has distinguished the Berkshire region in recent years and companies such as Ghent Playhouse, Dorset Players, The Town Players of Pittsfield, Bridge Street Theatre and Capital Repertory come alive to enthrall and enlighten us about plays and musicals that illuminate why we crave live performances.
These companies range from the local amateurs to the regional professionals. They often take risks with plays that don't seem likely fodder for local audiences, and yet the theaters fill up with just exactly those people. Television and movies, videos and other forms may occupy the weeknights, but weekends when live theater leads the way are just some other sort of wonderful.
I have seen a few marvelous things in these places. I look forward to seeing a whole lot more. I encourage you to jump in the car and drive through the snow to see what live theater is really all about. It's not about big stars dropping in for two weeks, and it's not about one more production of that play you did in high school. It's about the adventure of people you may know changing into a person you haven't met as yet. It's about the magic of live theatre connecting with you.
Keep in touch; visit often; go to the theater!!
Watch this space for Things to focus on:
Flo Hayle in Encores at Bridge Street
Typoid Mary at Barrington Stage Company
Damn Yankees at the MacHaydn
Morning After Grace at Shakespeare & Co.
There's always more to come!
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