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Summer Arts Preview/Theater: Barrington to stage 'Tribes'

Summer Arts Preview/Theater: Barrington to stage 'Tribes'

"The Rose Tattoo" at Williamstown Theatre Festival and "Tribes" at Barrington Stage will be among su
Summer Arts Preview/Theater: Barrington to stage 'Tribes'
Comic Jim Gaffigan is at the Times Union Center on July 13.

A fare of favorite musicals and works of the Bard dominate this summer theater season as usual, but tucked in and perhaps unfairly hidden among the ubiquitous and overdone are some shiny gems that warrant attention. Here is a cheat sheet for just a few:

• I am not sure why it has taken so long for Nina Raine’s brilliant and heartfelt play “Tribes” to make its area premiere. But at long last it will at Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage starting on July 18. Born deaf into a hearing family, Billy has been raised inside a dysfunctional family of characters that never bothered to fully understand the challenges he faces. But when Sylvia, a young woman who has been raised as the only hearing member of a deaf family, enters his world, Billy starts to find the pride and belonging that has long eluded him. Not to be missed.

• Another interesting evening of theater appears at the Bridge Street Theater in Catskill next month. Originally commissioned by the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, Roxanne Fay’s “Dream Child: the Trial of Alice in Wonderland” promises a journey through a surreal world of memory, sin and absolution within the mind of Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s original muse and the inspiration for his timeless stories. Opens June 4.

• In a crackerjack collaboration, three of Vermont’s professional theater companies have pooled their creative forces to present Alan Ayckbourn’s classic triptych, “The Norman Conquests.” Each of the separate full-length plays all taking place over the same weekend (“Table Manners,” “Living Together” and “Round and Round the Garden”) focuses on the hapless Norman and his longed for liaisons with his friends’ wives. Each play takes place in a different part of the estate (and in different theaters). Northern Stage Company in White River Junction just finished up their run of “Living Together.” Dorset Theater Company takes us into the dining room with “Table Manners” starting June 16 and Weston Playhouse moves the action outside with “Round and Round the Garden” starting on July 21. All productions feature the same cast, and while they interlock, they each stand fully on their own as a complete evening. This is a clever production concept and a comic gem.

• While Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo” may not rank high on a list of his most recognized plays, it may be one of his most passionate. Anna Magnani won an Oscar for her film portrayal of Serafina Delle Rose; Maureen Stapleton, who created the role for Broadway, took home the Tony. This revival, opening the season at The Williamstown Theatre Festival on June 28, stars another Oscar winner, Marisa Tomei. No stranger to the stage, Tomei is not a stranger to this play either. She played Serafina’s daughter in the 1989 Williamstown production starring Maria Tucci. And Tucci played the daughter in the 1966 Broadway revival of the play starring Stapleton. Hmmm. I wonder who’s playing Rosa in the upcoming production?

— Gazette theater critic Matthew G. Moross

Calendar

Adirondack Theater Festival, Glens Falls, 798-7479, www.atfestival.org

June 21-July 2: “Island Song”

June 26 & 27: “The Uncivil War Cabaret”

July 5-July 21: “Stuart Little”

July 6 & 7: “Thirty Day Mourning Period”

July 12-July 22: “A Comedy of Manors”

July 28-Aug. 5: “Home”

July 31 & Aug. 1: “Carner & Gregor Cabaret”

Aug. 10-Aug. 13: “Everything in its Place — The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers”

Albany Civic Theater, Albany, 462-1297, www.albanycivictheater.org

Sept. 2-Sept. 18: “The Best Man”

Bard College-Summerscape, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845-758-7900 fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape

July 7-July 17: “Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed”

Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, Mass. 413-236-8888, www.barringtonstageco.org

May 18-June 11: “Presto Change-O”

June 16-July 16: “Kimberly Akimbo”

June 17–July 9: “American Son”

July 27–Aug. 14: “The Wiz”

July 15-Aug. 13: “The Pirates of Penzance”

July 21-Aug. 6: “peerless”

July 18-Aug. 3: “Tribes”

Aug. 12-Sept. 4: “Broadway Bounty Hunter”

Berkshire Theatre Group: Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Mass. 413-997-4444; Fitzpatrick Main Stage and Unicorn Theatre Stockbridge, Mass. 413-298-5576, www.berkshiretheatregroup.org

Fitzpatrick Main Stage:

June 22-July 16: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof “

July 20-Aug. 20: “The Stone Witch”

Unicorn Theater:

June 15-July 23: “Fiorello”

Aug. 3-Aug. 27: “Constellations”

The Colonial:

July 6-July 23: “Little Shop of Horrors”

Aug. 11-19: “Beauty and the Beast”

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 800-745-3000, www.bethelwoodscenter.org

July 16: Jim Gaffigan

Bridge Street Theater, Catskill, 943-3818

June 4-June 19: “Dream Child: The Trial of Alice in Wonderland”

Aug. 1: “Let’s Misbehave-A Cole Porter Soiree”

Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, 445-7469, www.capitalrep.org

July 8-Aug. 7: “A Night with Janis Joplin”

Chester Theater Company, Chester, Mass. 413-354-7771,

www.chestertheater.org

June 29-July 10: “My Jane”

July 14-July 24: “Oh God”

Aug. 3-Aug. 14: “Sister Play”

Aug. 18-Aug. 28: “The Mountaintop”

Colonial Little Theater, Johnstown. 762-4325, www.coloniallittletheatre.org

June 2-June 12: “The O’Conner Girls”

Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. 877-7529, www.curtaincalltheatre.com

May 13-June 11:” Bakersfield Mist”

June 24-July 16: “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

July 29-Aug. 20: “Love, Loss and What I Wore”

Dorset Theater Company, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-2223, www.dorsettheatrefestival.org

June 16-July 2: “Table Manners”

July 7-23: “Dear Elizabeth”

July 28-Aug. 13: “The Way of the World”

Aug. 18-Sept. 3: “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”

Fort Salem Theater, Salem, 854-9200, www.fortsalemtheater.com

June 24-26: “The Sound of Music”

July 15-17: “You’re an Old Man, Charlie Brown”

Aug. 5-Aug. 7: “Adirondack Awakening”

Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown. 607-547-2255, www.glimmerglass.org

July 9–Aug. 26: “Sweeney Todd”

Glove Theatre, Gloversville, 773-8255, www.glovetheatre.org

July 21-July 31: “Spamalot”

Aug. 11-Aug. 14: “Once on This Island”

Iron Horse, Northampton, Mass. 413-584-0610, www.iheg.com

Aug. 30: Gad Elmaleh (COMEDY)

The Low Beat, Albany. 432-6572, www.thelowbeat.com

June 17: The Devil You Know (COMEDY)

Mac-Haydn Theater, Chatham, 392-9292, www.machaydntheater.org

May 26-June 5: “My Fair Lady”

June 9-19: “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

June 23-July 3: “South Pacific’

July 7-24: “Chicago”

July 28-Aug. 7: “Into the Woods”

Aug. 11-21: “Sister Act”

Aug. 25-Sept. 4: “The Addams Family”

MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org

July 9: Joe Pera (COMEDY)

New York Stage & Film, Poughkeepsie, 845-437-7400, powerhouse.vassar.edu

June 30-July 10: “Transfers”

July 21-31: “The Wolves”

July 30: “A 24 Decade History of Popular Music”

Not So Common Players, Clifton Park, www.notsocommonplayers.org

July 15-24: “Damn Yankees”

Oldcastle Theater Company, Bennington Vt. 802-447-0564, www.oldcastletheater.org

June 3-June 19: “The 39 Steps”

July 8-24: “Big River”

Aug. 5-21: “The City of Conversation”

Palace Theatre, Albany. 465-4663, www.palacealbany.com

June 5: Bill Burr (COMEDY)

Aug. 25: Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally (COMEDY)

Park Playhouse, Albany, 434-2035, www.parkplayhouse.com

July 1-July 30: “Chicago”

Aug. 9-Aug. 27: “The Little Mermaid”

Palace Theatre, Albany. 465-4663, www.palacealbany.com

Aug. 5-7: “Seussical”

Proctors, Schenectady. 346-6204, www.proctors.org

June 11: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series – Nick Vetterott and Amber Nelson (presented at Capital Rep) (COMEDY)

June 25: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Joe Zimmerman (COMEDY)

June 29: The Naked Magic Show (MAGIC)

July 30: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Shane Torres (COMEDY)

Aug. 18: “Hieronymus, A Musical Fantasy”

Aug. 20: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Nore Davis (COMEDY)

Saratoga Shakespeare Company, Saratoga Springs, 587-2166, www.saratogashakespeare.com

July 19-July 30: “Cyrano de Bergerac”

Aug. 2-Aug. 7: “Romeo and Juliet”

Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, Mass. 413-637-1199, www.shakespeare.org

Elayne P. Bernstein Theater:

May 27-July 31: “The Taming”

June 16-Aug. 28: “Ugly Lies the Bone”

Aug. 3-Aug. 13: “Cry ‘Havoc’ ”

Aug. 18-Sept. 11: “Sotto Voce”

Tina Packer Playhouse:

July 1-Aug. 21: “The Merchant of Venice”

July 23-Sept. 4: “Or”

Aug. 4-Sept. 4: “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”

Rose Footprint Theater/Bankside:

July 15-Aug. 20: “The Emperor of the Moon”

The Dell at The Mount:

July 14-Aug. 20: “Twelfth Night”

The Theater Barn, New Lebanon, 794-8989, www.theaterbarn.com

June 24-July 3: “Don’t Talk to the Actors”

July 7-24: “Towards Zero”

July 28-Aug. 7: “Forever Plaid”

Aug. 11-21: “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!”

Aug. 25-Sept. 4: “The Wedding Singer”

Times Union Center, Albany. 1-800-30-EVENT, www.timesunioncenter-albany.com

July 13: Jim Gaffigan (COMEDY)

Weston Playhouse, Weston, Vt. 802-824-5288, www.westonplayhouse.org

Main Stage:

June 28-July 16: “Man of La Mancha”

July 21-30: “Round and Round the Garden”

Aug. 4-Aug. 20: “Mamma Mia!”

Aug. 25-Sept. 4: “All My Sons”

Other Stages:

June 23-July 10: “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”

July 14-July 31: “Forever”

Aug. 11-Sept. 4: “Murder for Two”

Williamstown Theater Festival, Williamstown, Mass. 413-597-3400 www.wtfestival.org

Main Stage:

June 28-July 17: “The Rose Tattoo”

July 20-July 31: “Romance Novels for Dummies”

Aug. 3-Aug. 21: “An American Daughter”

Nikos Stage:

June 29-July 10: “Cost of Living “

July 13-July 23: “The Chinese Room”

July 27-Aug. 7: “Poster Boy”

Aug. 10-Aug. 21: “And No More Shall We Part”

Greylock WORKS Initiative:

July 14-17: “Orpheus in the Berkshires”

Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, 845-679-6900, www.woodstockplayhouse.org

June 3-5: “The Wizard of Oz”

June 17-July 3: “Guys and Dolls”

July 8-24: “Beauty and the Beast”

July 27-31: “Cherry’s Patch”

Aug. 5 -21: “Pippin”

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