The annual Tanglewood Jazz Festival is shaping up to be a weekend of outstanding music for jazz lovers (see our Aug 7 blog). In addition to the Jazz Festival there are lots of things do in the Berkshires. Here are some of them…
Barrington Stage Company (10 minutes from Brook Farm Inn in Pittsfield) is doing…
SONGS BY RIDICULOUSLY TALENTED
composers and lyricists you probably don’t know, but should… (summer finale—year 3)
Narrated by William Finn and sung by a cast of four, this is a Labor Day weekend celebration of extraordinary new songs and favorite Musical Theatre Lab numbers. Finn shares with the audience what makes a good lyric, why some work and others don’t—you’ll feel as if you’re in a master class in songwriting taught by the master himself. Two nights only—don’t miss out!
Berkshire Theater Festival (5 minutes away from brook Farm Inn)
Noël Coward in Two Keys(1966) was British playwright Noël Coward’s final stage work. It is composed of a pair of intriguing one-act comedies, Come into the Garden, Maud and A Song at Twilight, both of which are set in a Swiss hotel suite. Living life dishonestly takes its toll on Coward’s pithy, sophisticated characters. Vivian Matalon directed the esteemed author himself in the work’s London premiere, as well as the 1974 Broadway version that featured BTF alums Thom Christopher, Hume Cronyn, and Jessica Tandy.
Eleanor: Her Secret Journey is a poignant and thoughtful one-woman play about Eleanor Roosevelt. This intimate portrait of the First Lady reveals her private struggles and offers a distinctly feminine look at politics, power, and war. She and her husband changed America forever. They lifted our society at a time when all appeared hopeless. It seems fitting to add her voice to the conversation during election season.
Shakespeare & Company (around the corner from brook Farm Inn)
Othello This season, for the first time fully produced on the main stage, Shakespeare’s magnificent allegory that is so enduringly beautiful it has been called “the Othello music”. It is some of theatre’s most resounding language, and a story as startling, chilling and timely today as when it was written over 400 years ago.
The Ladies Man Set in Paris at the turn of the century, it’s about a suave doctor whose young wife and fire-breathing mother-in-law suspect him of infidelity, and who gets deeper into his own soup the more he tries to prove his innocence. The razor fine, saucy language exemplifies how Feydeau’s ear for words and eye for situations influenced today’s comedy. This convoluted story and whip-smart dialogue show where Noel Coward found his zing and the Marx brothers their zaniness. If you liked last season’s Rough Crossing, you’ll love this
All’s Well That Ends Well One of Shakespeare’s “festive” comedies, written soon after Othello, it’s the topsy-turvy tale of an orphan bride in a self-brokered marriage who can’t get her husband to take her love—or her virginity. As all girls know, losing virginity is as important as keeping it. But no fear; “Girls just wanna have fun,” and Helena is a girl with a plan.