About CB Wismar

CB Wismar has fashioned a career out of being a storyteller. From his early days as a writer and producer of television shows and short films in Hollywood, where he managed to get three EMMY nominations and was twice a finalist in the Short Subjects competition for an “Oscar,” to his years of creating corporate videos for Fortune 500 companies and producing large form events and concerts, his goal has always been to create experiences.

Love, laughter, and the Lasso effect

There can be something mildly satisfying about standing in the check-out line at your go-to grocery store, waiting for Jill, or whoever your favorite checker might be. We can recognize that “self check” might save time and certainly save the grocery management salaries, but waiting (im)patiently in […]

By |2023-04-05T19:04:56-04:00April 5th, 2023|Featured Article|

Measure for Measure

It’s not out of the question that were Shakespeare a contemporary playwright, the title of Measure for Measure (on stage at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA through September 18) might have been “What Goes Around Comes Around.” It does … with truly engaging results.

The production marks a return of the work to the Lenox […]

By |2022-08-27T17:29:19-04:00August 27th, 2022|Backstage, Main Street|

Beyond Van Gogh

Beyond Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience being presented at Hartford’s Connecticut Convention Center through October 2 is an encounter with fine art unique in its content and scope.  Audiences have never experienced art in this way before – the “immersive” designation is quite accurate.  Over 300 of Van Gogh’s paintings appear in the 360 […]

By |2022-08-18T10:41:49-04:00August 18th, 2022|WOTS|

The Phantom of the Open

Can we find time for a gentle, heart-warming story in this summer of discontent? Can we find a few hours to step inside the cool, dark confines of a local theatre and dive into the almost unbelievable story of golfer Maurice Flitcroft who was, in truth “The Phantom of the Open?” Indeed we can … […]

By |2022-08-18T11:21:23-04:00August 17th, 2022|Main Street, Movie Reviews|


Dracula will be haunting the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA through August 27 th as Berkshire Theatre Company presents an intriguing new interpretation of the classic adaptation of Bram Stoker’s iconic novel.

In all candor, the play has been done and redone, adapted and filmed so many times that the mere announcement of yet another production […]

By |2022-08-17T12:43:29-04:00August 17th, 2022|Backstage, Main Street|

Guys and Dolls

Live theatre is back at the venerable Sharon Playhouse (Sharon, CT) where their full-blown production of Guys and Dolls is in place through August 14th.  Director/Choreographer Justin Boccitto, who is also serving as “Interim Artistic Director,” made the creative decision to have all of the dancing be tap, and the result is quite amazing.  This […]

By |2022-08-07T22:47:36-04:00August 2nd, 2022|Backstage, Main Street|

Maestros and Mountains at 93

With the New England summer halfway through its creative arc, Music Mountain, the Falls Village, CT, treasure that has been celebrating live performances for 93 years continues to charm … and to evolve. “We’ve brought some of the finest chamber music groups and legendary jazz musicians together for another great season,” offers artistic director Oskar […]

By |2022-08-02T16:52:03-04:00August 1st, 2022|Backstage, Main Street|


Let’s start with the basic, unemotional information.  Hymn, a new play by British playwright Lolita Chakrabarti is running at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre on the campus of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA through August 28th.  The “two hander”  is directed by Regge Life and stars Kevin Craig West and “ranney.”

Now, for the emotional […]

By |2022-07-25T17:10:12-04:00July 25th, 2022|Backstage, Main Street|

More Music on the Mountain

Forgive us.  We can’t pass up the chance to declare that concerts staged on two upcoming Wednesdays at 5:00 PM in Gordon Hall at Music Mountain in Falls Village  (July 27th and August 3rd) are ”going for Baroque.”  It is the summer, after all – shorts, watermelon and bad plays on words are all in […]

By |2022-07-22T17:47:08-04:00July 22nd, 2022|WOTS|
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