REVIEW: “Slideshow” at Bennington Community Theater

by Emily Edelman Bennington Community Theater’s collection of eight short plays, titled “Slideshow,” depicts the stories several neighboring families and is so named in honor of the slideshows of family vacations that co-director Jennifer Jasper’s parents would project on their living room wall. Curated by Jasper, the plays dive deeply…

REVIEW: “Constellations” at Living Room Theatre

by Emily Edelman Nick Payne’s “Constellations,” currently being staged by Living Room Theatre in North Bennington, Vermont, was written to be played by two actors working through the relationship of physicist Marianne and beekeeper Roland. LRT utilizes six actors (three for each part), which might be confusing in any other…

REVIEW: “Fully Committed” at Oldcastle

by Emily Edelman Oldcastle Theatre Company’s current offering is “Fully Committed,” a one-person show written by Becky Mode revolving around struggling actor Sam, played by Allyson Boate, and set during a rather frantic shift at Sam’s day job of making reservations at an upscale restaurant. Boate takes on the roles…

REVIEW: “Scarecrow” at the Dorset Theatre Festival

by Emily Edelman Heidi Armbruster’s semi-autobiographical one-woman show “Scarecrow” opens with two well-meaning friends offering awkward advice to the main character on how to make funeral arrangements for her father, who is in the hospital dying of cancer. Based on the author’s own experience of living with her father for…

REVIEW: “Wait Until Dark” at the Dorset Theatre Festival

by Emily Edelman Dorset Theatre Festival has opened its 2022 season with a revival of the Frederick Knott thriller “Wait Until Dark.” The adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher moves the story from its original mid-‘60s setting into the 1940s, which gives the piece a delicious film-noir feel. The plot follows newlywed…

REVIEW: “Fun Home” at the Ghent Playhouse

by Emily Edelman The musical “Fun Home,” now on stage at the Ghent Playhouse, is based on the graphic memoir of the same title by cartoonist Alison Bechdel and describes her youth growing up in a funeral home; coming out as a lesbian at college; and grappling as an adult…

REVIEW: “The World Goes Round” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

by Emily Edelman Currently playing at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, New York, is the musical revue “The World Goes ‘Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb.” More than just a greatest-hits collection, this revue showcases the obvious (a la songs from “Cabaret,” “Chicago” and “New York, New York”) while…

REVIEW: “Beehive: the ’60s Musical” at the Mac-Haydn

The Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, New York, is extending its season through the beginning of October with a number of musical revues and limited performances. “Beehive: The ‘60s Musical” celebrates the female voices of the 1960s while also touching on the powerful changes in America during the era. A notable…

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