The Approach Opens this Weekend in the Berkshires

‘Holds your attention like a transfixing riddle’The Irish Times

Tickets

Three women have three conversations that draw us into their inner lives. Listen carefully: what will they reveal to each other, and what does each have to hide?

A play about being human, an exploration of betrayal, and an appeal to listen before it’s too late, The Approach follows the story of Anna, Cora, and Denise as they converse over coffee about their shared childhoods and burgeoning middle-age, with much left unspoken.

The Approach will include both in-person and online performances, with tickets ranging in price from $37 to $67; preview performances are $10 less.

Online, The Approach will be made available by live stream at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, and via recorded broadcast will be available Saturday May 21, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m.; Saturday May 28 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m. Tickets for virtual performances are $27.

Talkbacks will be held with the cast and directors for the following performances: 

Thursday 5/12 (7:30p curtain)

Saturday 5/14 (7:30p curtain)

Sunday 5/15 (3p curtain)

Thursday 5/19 (7:30p curtain)

Sunday 5/22 (3p curtain)

Thursday 5/26 (7:30p curtain)

Generously Co-sponsored by Steve Bader and Cathy Monoxelos

Darkening Doors: Macabre Pittsfield Walking Tours

The October offerings in the Berkshires have gained a formidable addition with Macabre Pittsfield Walking Tours, created and lead by writer and historian (and friend of the blog) Joe Durwin.

Because I couldn’t write it better myself, here’s the Durwinian description of the experience: “Embark on a journey through a downtown Pittsfield far removed from what we know today. A place of desecrated graves and skeletons in church basements, of rumsellers shacks, opium dens, and murders most foul…”

Indeed, the tour in its October 18 form (no two tours are the same) began on the Pittsfield Common, which was once a cemetery with a serious grave-robbing problem, and crept its way through the heart of the city.

Stops along the route included the site of the former courthouse, alleys that once led to houses of ill-repute, and the spot where the old rail-station delivered some of Pittsfield’s most colorful visitors — all brought back to life through impeccably researched stories of both fact and folklore. For one, medical students were apparently ruthless in the 1800s, particularly when it came to cadavers.

An added bonus of the tour is multiple stops also showcase the Berkshire Lightscapes project, which aims to illuminate downtown buildings and spaces in downtown Pittsfield through animated LED light systems. It’s a nice touch, especially when the topic turns to UFO sightings and alien encounters.

Word on the street is some kid-friendly tours are in the works for next season… though I’m also personally hopeful that these tours will continue in the warmer months. There’s nothing quite like scaring groups of tourists by the dozen.

Blogtober ’21: Continue to Do All the Things

Part Two.

On the Fair Circuit: we hit the Pittsfield Fall Festival on the Common for a little farmer’s market-style shopping, crafts, and munchies.
I bought this awesome plant hanger from Simply Macrame.
I was chastised for calling a delicata squash a gourd at this tent and I’m still feeling a little spicy about it.
Walking the Walk: It’s so nice to walk around our inherently autumnal neighborhood after nearly a year of not walking at all. We’ve taken a few in the last week – sometimes with a task in mind, sometimes just to meander.
Plus, a lot of my neighbors go all out for Halloween – this Purge-esque coven is a new addition and one of my favorite haunts this year.
We collected leaves for art projects including ironing them in between two pieces of wax paper and simply arranging them on the table for photo shoots.
Retail Therapy: On Friday night, I checked out my friend Soma’s new storefront grand opening! She creates awesome soy-based, therapeutic candles and is also offering the wares of several Berkshire-based makers. It’s the perfect way to avoid shipping delays this holiday season. 😉
I picked up a few goodies to get started!
On the food front, I was treated to an unexpected spook with friends at El Noa Noa, a Mexican cantina in Chatham, N.Y., when the Molcajetes arrived at our table. It’s straight out of the dinner party scene in Beetlejuice.
I also got started on my Halloween costume… more on that later.

Photo Hunt: Find the Horror Scene

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“Your mum and I were hiding in a house. A wee cottage. There was an old couple that owned it. And they were there, too. Three other people. And we were, uh… just trying to stay alive, I suppose. We were doing okay for a while. And then we were attacked. They came in through the kitchen window. They were really fast, you know? Chased us. Chased your mum. And we were trapped. Trapped in the bedroom. I… I seen them… biting. I couldn’t do anything. I tried to go back. She was already gone. She was already gone.” ~ 28 Weeks Later, 2007

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“My asshole brother bought her back in September ’57. That’s when you got your new model year, in September. Brand-new, she was. She had the smell of a brand-new car. That’s just about the finest smell in the world.” ~ Christine, 1983

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“In October of 1994, three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland while shooting a documentary. A year later their footage was found.” ~ The Blair Witch Project, 1999