REVIEW: “La Traviata” at Panopera

by Fred Baumgarten Panopera’s presentation of La Traviata at the Academy of Music in Northampton straddled the line between professional quality and amateur production. On the strength of some good singing, sincerity, and charm, let’s call it a win. La Traviata (roughly, “The Fallen One”), arguably Giuseppe Verdi’s most popular opera and certainly…

Home Made Theater Readying Their 34th Season

Home Made Theater, Saratoga’s resident theater company, is getting ready to open their 2018-2019 season. HMT is the resident theater company at The Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa State Park. In October, Home Made Theater will open their 34th season with the musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, written by Mel Brooks…

REVIEW: “There Is A Happiness That Morning Is” at Bridge Street Theatre

by Barbara Waldinger Imagine a play about the poetry of William Blake, one of the most complex writers ever known, written in rhymed couplets (like Blake’s poems), featuring a pair of actors portraying university professors who have been lecturing on this poet for the past fifteen years.  Bridge Street Theatre,…

REVIEW: “Proof” at Oldcastle Theatre Company

by Gail M. Burns David Auburn’s Proof burst on the national consciousness nearly twenty years ago – winning Tonys and a Pulitzer and being made into a big budget, star-studded film – so the initial flurry of professional and amateur productions across the country has run its course and the…

REVIEW: The Knights Present “Candide” at Tanglewood

by Macey Levin As the world probably knows, 2018 would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday,  also that of Jerome Robbins.  Bernstein was a musical genius as a conductor, music educator on television and a composer of classical music, ballets, and broadway musicals.  In our part of the world Barrington…

REVIEW: “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You” & “The Actor’s Nightmare”

by Macey Levin Note: SHOW ADDED ON FRIDAY 8/31 AT 2PM! Christopher Durang burst onto the New York theatre scene in the late 1970’s writing plays of scathing satire and social commentary.  His work includes Beyond Therapy, Baby with the Bathwater, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People who Love it, and…

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