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My VIew: I Had A Great Bad Date Last NIght

My VIew: I Had A Great Bad Date Last NIght

Elizabeth Aspenlieder was the best date you could have in the Berkshires last night.  Elizabeth directed and starred in the hilarious and heartbreaking story, Bad Dates presented in the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Co.  If you happened to be able to snag a ticket to the “one performance only” presentation you won’t forget your time with Ms. Aspenlieder.  Hopefully Shakespeare & Co. will find Berkshire theatre lovers more Dates to share with Elizabeth to enjoy her superb comedic and passionate acting in her portrayal of a single mother’s idiosyncratic journey of self-discovery.  It’s a hilarious and heartbreaking story, and Elizabeth’s solo performance is astonishing as she presses all your emotional buttons. Coincidently she’s also pressing lots of real buttons because of her numerous changing of shoes and clothes required during the performance.  From a purely male perspective it was a spectacular sight watching Elizabeth put on and take off an array of outfits.  The show was supported by interwoven recorded music provided by the BSO’s Tanglewood Music Composer Fellows, directed by Michael Gandolfi and live on stage performance by local singer Vikki True with her band.

Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck  Directed, Produced by and starring Elizabeth Aspenlieder

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of Bad Dates go to

Elizabeth Aspenlieder

Elizabeth Aspenlieder

Elizabeth Aspenlieder

Eda Sorokoff, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, June Freemazon

Ella Loudon & Elizabeth Aspenlieder

Bad Dates



Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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