A decades-long Friend of Chautauqua Theater, Sally McClure had never missed a show in Bratton Theater.
Chautauqua Theater Company alums have been through a lot over the years — surviving the days spent in Bellinger Hall, making the arduous trek to the “Murder Bar” for libations and looking out for wild animals lurking on the grounds. Many have gone on to bigger things, quite literally — the Great White Way, for instance.
They sing, they dance, and Chautauquans already know they act. Tonight’s Bratton Late Night Cabaret will open the stage to Chautauqua Theater Company’s (CTC) band of triple threats.
This week, Chautauquans again have the chance to worship at the altar of William Shakespeare.
According to actor David Quay, being a clown is an exercise in honesty. Quay created and will star in this year’s Chau-Talk-One, which has its one-time show at 7 p.m. tonight in Bratton Theater.
First things first. The Chautauqua Theater Company’s production of The Tempest, probably William Shakespeare’s final play, is excellent: well acted from top to bottom, beautifully and imaginatively costumed by Loren Shaw, and directed with a deft hand. There are a couple of questionable design decisions, I think, but they are quibbles. More about them later.
Lisa Harrow has rarely found a role that scared her. Apart from when she was 16 and played King Lear in a high school production — Prospero is the first.
This weekend, Bratton Theater’s rafters will become a shipwrecked boat, the stage will become a sand dune and Chautauquans will be swept away by a vicious storm.
Ten years after their first show as artistic directors of Chautauqua Theater Company, Vivienne Benesch and Ethan McSweeny welcome back two of their first stars.
When the production opens, that world will have been translated from a quixotic vision to a realized set, one ready to host a cast of actors. CTC’s The Tempest, which opens Saturday, incorporates spilling sand dunes, a floating rock and a shipwreck — all within the confines of Bratton Theater.