REVIEW: “Urinetown” at The Theater Barn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August 2006 No matter where you live, there has probably been a production of Urinetown mounted within an hour’s drive of your home this summer. This award-winning musical about a city where you have to pay to pee is a hot property, and the Theater Barn has…

REVIEW: “Hollywood Pinafore” at The Theater Barn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 2003 I just loved this show! Of course, I know every line, lyric, and note of Gilbert & Sullivan’s 1878 operetta H.M.S. Pinafore – of which this 1945 George S. Kaufman opus is a clever parody – so I cannot imagine what entertainment value the show…

REVIEW: “The Mystery of Irma Vep” at The Theater Barn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 2003 The current production of his melodramatic parody The Mystery of Irma Vep at the Theater Barn undoubtedly has the late playwright Charles Ludlam (1943-1987) rolling in his grave. Rolling with laughter that is! Nay, more than just rolling. Probably thrashing violently in order to resurrect…

The Theater Barn Celebrates 20 Years

by Gail M. Burns, June, 2003 Two decades ago, as her youngest child approached high school graduation, Joan Phelps turned to her husband Abe and said, “Let’s mortgage the house and start a theatre.” You can imagine his response, but they took the plunge and 20 years and 160+ productions…

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