Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Birds is for the birds

Last night David and I saw Conor McPherson's play The Birds at Barrington Stage's St. Germain Theatre,based on the short story of Daphne Du Maurier.

He should have left it alone.

Image result for stevie ray dallimore  Stevie Ray Dallimore

Alfred Hitchcock made a scary movie based on the same work which, at least, had thousands of live birds attacking humans.

Image result for sasha diamond  Sasha Diamond

This one act play had sound effects along with films of birds at either side of the  stage. Not the same effect!

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It also opened with a number of very brief scenes followed by blackouts which were more annoying than anything else. It purports to detail the last people left on earth after being birded to death.


Image result for rocco sisto  Rocco Sisto

The cast included Stevie Ray Dallimore, Sasha Diamond, Kathleen McNenny, and Rocco Sisto. It was directed by Julianne Boyd.

Go see the movie!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Last night David and I saw Kunstler by Jeffrey Sweet at Barrington Stage's St. Germain Theatre. Jeff McCarthy ran away with the title role which might as well have been written for him.
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I have seen him in numerous Barrington Stage productions over the past years, mostly musicals, but in Kunstler he has found his role.

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The play is set at a nameless University in 1995 where William Kunstler is scheduled to speak. Outside many demonstrators are shouting hateful slogans against the famous lawyer who has defended the likes of the Freedom Riders in 1961,the Chicago Seven in 1968, the American Indian Movement at Wounded Knee in 1968, and the Attica Prison Riot in 1971.

He is introduced by a young law student played by Erin Roché, whom he involves in the speech, getting her to play the part of one of the judges before whom he is appearing and so on.

During the course of the 90 minute play, he relives the various trials and incarcerations he has lived through.

Mr. McCarthy uses his large sonorous voice and dramatic acting style to covey the trauma he has lived through to great effect.

This could almost be a one-man play since the character of the student is not really necessary to convey the life of this man.

Bravo to Mr. McCarthy and Barrington Stage for this fine opening event,