The Colonial presents ‘If You Ever Leave Me . . .’
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Renée Taylor and Joe Bologna bring their comedy If You Ever Leave Me . . . I’m Going with You! to the Colonial on July 31 at 8 p.m.
Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated husband and wife team Renée Taylor and Joe Bologna star in this hysterically funny comedy which celebrates their acting-writing partnership and three-decade love affair.
A native New Yorker and graduate of the Academy of Dramatic Arts, Renée Taylor supplemented her theatrical studies under the tutelage of Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler and Harold Clurman. While writing and performing in the off-Broadway review "The Third Ear," directed by Elaine May, Taylor was spotted by Mike Nichols, who cast her as Anne Jackson’s understudy in the hit comedy Luv. Her performance in Luv attracted the attention of George Abbott, who cast her in his Broadway show "Agatha Sue, I Love You."
Off-Broadway audiences have applauded her roles in "Three Sisters" and "Machinal," which was directed by Gene Frankel. She also starred in the national companies of "Annie Get Your Gun," "Li’l Abner" and "Wish You Were Here."
Her portrayal of the title character’s mom on the hit series "The Nanny," earned her an Emmy nomination.
Joe Bologna’s acting career dates back to his days as an undergraduate at Brown University. After a tour of duty in the Marines, he began directing documentaries and commercials and writing special comedy material.
In 1971, the duo co-wrote "Made for Each Other," which marked Bologna’s feature film acting debut. The feature was re-released in 1985 and has developed a tremendous cult following. In between writing projects, Bologna’s acting career flourished. His feature film credits include: "My Favorite Year," "The Woman in Red," "Blame It On Rio," "Chapter Two," "Honor Thy Father," "Coupe de Ville," "Cops and Robbers," "Mixed Company"and "The Big Bus." He also played Adam Sandler’s father in the box office hit "Big Daddy.’’
Taylor and Bologna were nominated for an Academy Award for their first screenplay, Lovers and Other Strangers and earned an Emmy Award for their television special Acts of Love and Other Comedies. They wrote and co-starred in the television special, Bedrooms, for which they received a Writers Guild award. The duo also created the television series Calucci’s Department on CBS. Additionally they co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in the feature film "It Had to be You," based on their Broadway play. They shared the same duties in their original feature film, "Love is All There Is," starring Angelina Jolie in her first film role.
Tickets for the performance are $45 and $25 and can be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South St. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., performance Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., by calling 413-997-4444 or online at www.thecolonialtheatre.org
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