by Gail M. Burns Ten 10-minute plays – five before intermission and five after – helmed by two directors – Julianne Boyd and Matthew Penn – performed by a versatile ensemble of six actors – three male, three female – on a bare stage with only the most basic sets and costumes in the middle…
Be aware that this is not your traditional maudlin Christmas Carol tale by Dickens – the Loons take full advantage of every opportunity to make mayhem with Dickens’ ghosts and misers (and especially a certain mewling tyke with a crutch.)
Although about Edison, Ford and President Warren G. Harding, this play could have been written last night with lines from the past week’s newscasts.
Working with only two actors, director Kristen van Ginhoven creates fascinating stage pictures, especially with the creative lighting design by Lily Fossner. Juliana Von Haubrich’s set is fittingly grimy and spare placing the play’s focus on the artist’s easel and paints.
After a terrific season of beautifully acted provocative plays, Shakespeare & Co. ends their summer season on a different note.
New musicals are the most difficult for Berkshire theatres to put together successfully for the simple reason that there are twice as many creative voices to be heard and not much more time for hashing it all out than for a simple play. Just scan the credits in the program and there they are: music…
Billy never learned to sign: his parents were against it. But into his life comes Sylvia, who is trying to learn as her hearing fades, and everything comes into question.