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.