When you run a theater company, your radar is always on. Dan Foster’s radar found British playwright Caryl Churchill’s play “A Number” a while back. One of his Hudson Stage co-founders, Denise Bessette, had her radar set to “A Kind of Alaska,” by the minimalist Harold Pinter. The problem was… Read More →
Just heard from Olivia Sklar at Hudson Stage. With Briarcliff Pace still without power after Superstorm Sandy, they’re pushing back “Stones in His Pockets” a week. “But we’ll extend performances to Nov. 23 and 24 at 8 p.m.,” she writes. Read more about “Stones” here.
For ‘Stones,’ two actors play 13 roles (Jay Stratton, left, and Richard Hollis rehearse the play “Stones in His Pockets” at Hudson Stage in Briarcliff Manor. Photo by Joe Larese/The Journal News.) Those who catch Hudson Stage’s production of “Stones in His Pockets” — on stage this weekend through Nov…. Read More →
Lower Hudson Valley stages are brimming with possibilities this weekend, with new productions across the region. Here are a few, with a pitch from each company. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, best to call ahead to find out if shows are up and running.
Director Dan Foster has his cast for Hudson Stage’s fall mainstage production: the two-man, many-character “Stones in His Pockets.” The Tony-nominee for best comedy won two Olivier Awards in the West End, and tells the story of two Irish extras on the set of a Hollywood film being shot in… Read More →
From Axial to Yorktown, a full slate awaits (Photo by John Vecchiolla: Tony Lawson and Glory Crampton in the WBT production of “Can Can.”)
There are so many theater options in the Lower Hudson Valley this weekend. Here’s just a sampling: “The Way of the World” in Garrison: See below
“Talley’s Folly,” Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winner — now in a pitch-perfect production at Briarcliff’s Hudson Stage through May 12 — is achingly beautiful to watch. There is Matt Friedman, a Jewish accountant from St. Louis, the ultimate outsider here in Missouri in 1944, who has done his best to lose… Read More →
Actress Margot White says she’s a good forgetter. “I’m one of those people, after a show closes, I’m lucky if I can remember my character’s name, let alone any of the lines,” White says. “Getting back into this play, it’s surprising to me how many of the lines I do… Read More →
The producers at Hudson Stage Company announced today that the spring show at Pace/Briarcliff’s Woodward Hall Theater will be Lanford Wilson’s “Talley’s Folly,” a two-hander about love and loss between a rural Missouri woman and a Jewish accountant from St. Louis. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it will be… Read More →
They try. They really do. The two couples in Yasmina’s Reza’s “God of Carnage” — now in a winning production at Hudson Stage Company in Briarcliff Manor through Nov. 19 — really want to get this right, to settle a little dispute between their sons. With civility. Over clafouti and… Read More →
Some theater groups might shy away from a play that was about to be adapted into a big Hollywood film. Not Briarcliff’s Hudson Stage, which opens Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” this weekend, about a month before Roman Polanski’s film adaptation — its title shortened to “Carnage” — comes to… Read More →
I’m off to Midtown today to interview the cast of Yasmina’s Reza’s “God of Carnage,” the fall production at Hudson Stage — three-fourths of whom call Westchester home. The play — a wicked take on contemporary parenting — was to be directed by Giovanna Sardelli, but an illness in the… Read More →
Hope springs eternal in the theater community and producers across the Lower Hudson Valley are facing uncertain economic times with no lack of ideas in their fall calendars and beyond.
Here’s a look at the fall season — and beyond, for those contemplating season subscriptions — at professional theaters across the Lower Hudson Valley. Axial Theatre Company: The Pleasantville-based company of playwrights, actors and directors starts its 13th season with “Taking Off,” an evening of two one-act plays (Ward Riley’s… Read More →
Two different perspectives on Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s Communist witch hunt play out on local stages this weekend, part of a rush of openings: Bedford Community Theatre presents Arthur Miller’s searing play “The Crucible,” set in Salem, Mass., the scene of an actual witch hunt. Miller’s hero, John Proctor, refuses to… Read More →
In “Boston Marriage,” now in a spirited run at Briarcliff’s Hudson Stage Company, David Mamet shows he knows a lot of words, only some of which start with the letter “f.” The playwright — who works in profanity the way Manet worked in oil — packs the three-woman play with… Read More →
With all eyes on London for Will and Kate this week, the folks at Hudson Stage have a marriage of another sort in mind. Dan Foster hadn’t directed a David Mamet play before tackling “Boston Marriage,” opening this weekend for a three-week run at Briarcliff’s Hudson Stage. Mamet, whose dialogue… Read More →
Bless him, Father, for he has sinned. And sinned. And sinned. Jack Grace is eager to confess his every petty crime and misdemeanor in James McLindon’s funny and fast “Salvation,” a black comedy in its world premiere at Briarcliff’s Hudson Stage Company. He might be a bit too eager to… Read More →
Last fall at Hudson Stage, “Rabbit Hole” starred the son of New Rochelle actress Frances Sternhagen of “Sex and the City” fame. This fall, “Salvation” at the Briarcliff theater also stars a Sternhagen son. Last year, it was Tony Carlin. This year, it’s his brother, Paul, who still calls New… Read More →
“Wallenberg,” the new musical drama about Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, at White Plains Performing Arts Center runs through Nov. 21. $39 for previews Oct. 28 and 29; $49 after that. 877-548-3237. 11 City Place, White Plains, 914-328-1600. www.wppac.com. “Salvation,” James McLindon’s black comedy about a blue-collar Boston-bred Irishman’s deathbed confession,… Read More →
The drive is short, the parking is free (or reasonable), the tickets are affordable at a professional theater closer to home. Here’s a look at what is planned at professional theaters across the Lower Hudson Valley. (For a look at community theaters, click here.) Axial Theatre Company: The Pleasantville-based company… Read More →