Laswell, Cary Brothers
Greg Laswell (pictured) needed a place to think and write.
Some “me” time. So he repaired to a cabin in Arizona, and
wrote the songs for his latest album, Take a Bow,
which “both closes and opens another chapter in the California
native’s life as a songwriter and a man.”
Cary Brothers hit it when one of their songs—oops, I mean
his songs, “Cary Brothers” being the name of a guy,
not a band—was included on the Garden State soundtrack.
While Zach Braff’s career stalled, Cary Brothers is doing
fine, thanks. His new album, Under Control, is about
finding “peace in chaos.”
Laswell and Brothers will be backed by Chicago-based Harper
Blynn, which is a band, not the name of some dude.
Greg Laswell, Cary Brothers and Harper Blynn will perform
tonight (Thursday, July 8) at 8 PM at Red Square (388 Broadway,
Albany). Tickets are $15. For more info, call the club at
the Summer By
Theater Festival was founded with the vision of presenting
fresh, new plays. It was a nearly inconceivable risk—renowned
stage standards are the fuel and funding for the majority
of summer theater companies. But since their first season
in 1995, no script produced on the ATF stage has been more
than five years old, and the Festival has nurtured and produced
15 world-premiere plays.
Their latest offering continues that success with a world-premiere
full production of Brush the Summer By, which they
presented in workshop last summer. Playwright Hal Corley
is a five-time Emmy Award-winner for his work in daytime
serials, and his plays have been produced on prominent stages
from NYC to LA, to consistent critical acclaim.
According to ATF, Brush the Summer By, which brings
together a local bartender and Maryland divorcee on a leaf-peeping
trip, “explores the joys and dangers of living in the moment
and the challenges and rewards of forgiveness.” And for
folks ’round here, the play is truly home-grown: set in
the Adirondacks and shaped by the feedback of last summer’s
the Summer By opens at Adirondack Theater tonight (July
8) at 8 PM and runs through July 17. Tickets are $32. For
more info, or to purchase tickets, call 798-7479.
the slow blooming of romance in courtships that unfolded
before cell phones and chat boxes and Match.com rushed the
process along? Remember the patience, anticipation and tangible
adoration of love letters? The shoebox brimming with sincerities
and sweet nothings?
Marks, the latest production at Shakespeare & Company,
follows one such love-through-letters, set in the western
islands of Ireland in the 1960s. A fisherman “with a poet’s
touch” is captivated by a Welsh woman who has left her farm
life behind for a career in publishing. Neither was fishing
for love later in life, but when he courts her across the
Irish Sea, the power of the written world catalyzes a thread
The Chicago Sun-Times called it a “delightful, unabashed
ode to romance.” Sounds like a dreamy date night to us.
Marks opens for preview at Shakespeare & Company
in Lenox, Mass., tomorrow (Friday, July 9) at 8 PM, and
runs through Sept. 4. On July 28 there will be a Q&A
with the creators following the performance. Tickets range
from $16 to $48; discounts are available for students, seniors,
military, teachers and full-time Berkshire residents. For
more info, or to purchase tickets, call the S&Co box
office at (413) 637-1199.