'Scranton Shakespeare Festival brings performances to different local venues'

PAUL CAPOCCIA / PUBLISHED: JUNE 14, 2017

"Scranton takes on unique casting twist: “Two Gentlemen” features an all-male cast, and “Measure for Measure” an all-female cast."

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

The cast of Scranton Shakespeare Festival were invited to the red carpet fundraiser event at 'POSH', Scranton, PA, viewing the Tony Awards.

Photographed (L-R) are New York based actors Constance Wookey & Gerome Samonte.

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Visible Soul:

The musings and diatribes of a New York actor and playwright.

Posted 3rd February by Zack Calhoon

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

It's Not What You Know... @ theSpace, Surgeons Hall

 

 

REVIEW BY ANTONY SAMMEROFF

PUBLISHED 21 AUGUST 2013

 

Constance Wookey: "LAMENTING STAGE MANAGER", "NICO THE DIRECTOR"

 

At base, it is a well-told satirical look at the difficulties of getting a gig in the competitive industry, amongst shallow know-it-alls and clueless agents. The opening piece, an acapella performance based on warm-up exercises for singers, is arranged with impossible-to-disregard competence, by James Frewer, the producer. 

 

It's Not What You Know... is a must see for fans of the musical stage. Those in (or on the "fringe" of) the biz can look forwards to seeing familiar characters come to life - bitchy casting personnel and false-friends who won't give you a leg up. A lamenting stage manager [Constance Wookey], who offers a particularly entertaining song of woe, directors who don't just want you to "do it their way" but to "show you how it's done," and an agent who makes Stephen Merchant look competent in Extras, as he tries to render the protagonist 'castable' with musical hilarity.

 

 

The cast of It's Now What You Know... performing on a promotional bandstand on the 'Royal Mile' in Edinburgh. Actors L-R: Louise O'Connor, Jessica Clarke, Constance Wookey, Jack Fielding, Adrian Chisholm and Rob Dennett.

The Skinny, Allen Wright Award 2006, for leading journalism, have the first word on now-leading acts (Battles’ and The National's first UK magazine cover, plus ahead-of-the-game praise for Arcade Fire, CSS, Twilight Sad & Frightened Rabbit.)

Edinburgh based newspaper The Scotsman, known for its comprehensive coverage of the Edinburgh Festival, originally aimed to review every show on the Fringe. Now they are more selective with thier choice of performance, as there are simply too many shows to cover.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: The Crawl atFrankenstein Pub 
(Venue 304)
 

REVIEW BY FIONA SHEPHERD

PUBLISHED 7 AUGUST 2013

 

This interactive show takes the form of a pub crawl round some of Edinburgh’s lairier establishments and is good fun if you are up for ice-breaker games and team challenges.

 

Zen-like compères take on the task of guiding the group from pub to pub and handling unscheduled diversions to ATMs. Alcohol consumption is at punters’ discretion.

As the night wears on, the actors embedded in our midst do a decent job of reacting "in the moment" as well as developing their own boozy scenarios, but in a noisy bar you’ll need to lean in close to be party to all the flirtations, arguments and tears before bedtime.

 

Of course, you could get all this for free on your own pub crawl but would it involve battle exchanges of White Stripes and Mötley Crüe songs? Depends who you drink with.

 

Do quaff responsibly, kids – some of our party imbibed so enthusiastically they were refused entry to the final pub. Or were they just acting?

 

The Crawl is at Frankenstein Pub

The ThreeWeeks editors have been covering the Edinburgh Festival for eighteen years, and provide their expertise and continued passion for the world’s greatest cultural extravaganza each August, interviewing performers, directors and producers, commissioning guest columns, and reporting on key events in the Festival City. 

Cast and Crew of Forever Young:  Kasenya Dudley, Jessica Clarke, Sophie Thompson, Suzy de Beer, Doug Middling, Joe Ball, James Frewer, Constance Wookey, Mark McLaughlin, Sarah Green, Andrew Ross, Beth Walker, Andrew Broome, Will Davidson, Jake Buckley, Craig Carri, Jonny Neaves, John Andrews, Emma Tooze, Jessica Morley and Rachel Kirkham.

Three Weeks Theatre Review: Forever Young, Red Cloak Productions

 

 

REVIEW BY COLETTE M TALBOT

PUBLISHED 23 AUGUST 2012

 

It is with energy and talent that this young cast tumbles headfirst through scenes of love and idealistic aspirations, creating a montage of a couple’s memories, looking back on their relationship.

 

The narrative flow is dynamic, and the nostalgia of building dens and watching horror films in the dark gets warm smiles from the audience. In particular, a scene in which the young couple guess film themes played on the ukulele is sweet and humorous.

 

A live soundtrack performed by musicians around the stage features covers of The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, and songs work well within the narrative. This looks like it was great fun to perform – it’s certainly fun to watch.

 

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 13-24 Aug (not 19), 11.15am. 
Rating 4/5 | [Colette M Talbot]

 

Celebrating the final performance outside the Space@ Symposium Hall, 2012.