The Sometimes Entertaining Burt Wonderstone

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”

Published on: March 22, 2013

Ronald Gerber

two.5starsThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone is directed by Don Scardino, whose previous experience is only in television and on Broadway. Co-writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have written a couple of bad comedies and not much more. Editor Lee Haxall has even worse comedies to his credit, including the 2008 travesty The Love Guru. It all shows. We have only the talented cast to thank for the scattered funny moments in what is otherwise a dull and rushed attempt to defy the few parts of insipid, over-sexualized comedy that actually work. More…

Every Glove That Laid Him Down: Rust and Bone Review

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Published on: March 16, 2013

Ronald Gerber

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We have one person to thank for the intensely engaging series of moments that comprise Rust and Bone: Jacques Audiard. Son of famous director Michel Audiard, Jacques is finally – after spending the last 20 years directing feature films and much longer writing them – getting the attention he deserves in America. 2009’s A Prophet was a Cannes favorite and soon garnered international acclaim and an Oscar nomination… and for good reason. More…

Theater Department’s Hurricane Hotel Intrigues, Mostly Rewards

Published on: March 16, 2013

Jared Weiss

The Simon’s Rock Theater Department’s productions seem to have evolved over the past few years.  We used to see more traditional, Renaissance- and Enlightenment-era theater, be it Molière’s “Tartuffe” or Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”  There was an emphasis on the witty dialogue, the character interactions, and the interweaving subplots.

That abruptly changed, however, with last spring’s brilliant, haunting production of student-scripted “Hospital Kapital.”  Suddenly, we were treated to an entirely different kind of theater, one that functioned on a minimalist plot (in fact, many felt that there was not a coherent plot at all) and sparse dialogue.  That play more than compensated by relying on images, moods, and atmosphere to affect the audience, and utilizing chilling staging, costumes and makeup, lighting and sound design, etc. More…

March Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Features 55 Events Countywide

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Published on: February 28, 2013

Women writers of all ages and from many different walks of life will be featured in the Third Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, taking place throughout the month of March, Women’s History Month, at venues all over Berkshire County.

The Festival, sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with the collaboration of many other organizations, includes the participation of more than 150 women writers, at 55 separate events. More…

PBS’s Need to Know Features ’92 Shooting 1

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Jared Weiss

Though a delicate issue that remains very painful for many alumni, staff and faculty, and even students on campus today, the 1992 shooting at Simon’s Rock was the lead piece for PBS’s Need to Know show on Friday, Feb. 22. The piece is twenty minutes long, and there are plans to post additional footage online. Over the past few weeks, film crews interviewed faculty and staff on campus for the news segment, conceived by the Need to Know associate producer, Zachary Green ’99 alumnus. More…

I Dreamed a Dance: Photolocation and Point Blank

Published on: February 24, 2013

Ronald Gerber

The Daniel Arts Center saw a double-bill of dance theses on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10. Caitlin Murphy ’09 and Julynn Wilderson ’09 presented their final performances, called Photolocation and Point Blank respectively, in the McConnell Theatre and the upstairs Dance Studio, one directly after the other.

Murphy’s thesis, Photolocation, was a thematically complex piece set curiously simply. It featured four dancers – Gemma Gearhart ’10, Grace Rossman ’11, Tara Turnbull ’10, and Murphy – who weaved across McConnell’s stage carrying out similar motions that were often staggered to give the group a sense of a domino effect. More…

Past Behavior: Side Effects Review

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Published on: February 24, 2013

Ronald Gerber

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One must admire the career of Stephen Soderbergh. Starting with his daring debut Sex, Lies, and Videotape in 1989, he has made no fewer than 25 films. As prolific as Hitchcock in his American years, but more willing to explore different genres, Soderbergh has made a name for himself with a wide array of films, including Best Picture winner Traffic, the mainstream hit Ocean’s Eleven and the subsequent sequels, and the massive, brilliant four and a half hour biopic Che. More…