Ghent Playhouse Announces 2021-2022 Season

[GHENT, NY] – The Ghent Playhouse proudly announces its reopening program. Kicking off the new 2021-22 season of live theater is the outrageous Panto “Rapunzel: The Tale of a Quaran-teen.” The comedy “The Curious Savage” brings in the new year, and is followed by “Fun Home,” the winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical. Closing out the season is…

REVIEW: “The Chalk Garden” at the Ghent Playhouse

by Fred Baumgarten Every generation, it seems, must have its “Chalk Garden.” Major revivals pop up every decade or so like crocuses sprouting in spring. And then there’s the popularity the 1955 Enid Bagnold play enjoys in regional theater, perhaps owing to its meaty dialogue and eccentric characters. Is it…

REVIEW: “Oklahoma!” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

by Roseann Cane The first musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! opened on Broadway on March 31,1943. An box-office smash from the get-go, it ran for more than 2,000 performances. During the nearly 76 years since, it’s a fair bet that this deservedly…

Ghent Playhouse Announces 2019-2020 Season

GHENT PLAYHOUSE 2019-2020 SEASON CEMETERY CLUB BY IVAN MENCHELL DIRECTOR JOHN TRAINOR 10/4-20/2019 THE PANTO WRITTEN BY THE LOONS DIRECTOR CATHY LEE-VISSCHER 11/29-12/15/2019 THE CHALK GARDEN BY ENID BAGNOLD DIRECTOR CATHY LEE-VISSCHER 1/31-2/16/2020 FUN HOME BY LISA KRON CO-DIRECTORS MICHAEL McDERMOTT AND MICHAEL C. MENSCHING MUSICICAL DIRECTOR JOANNE MENSCHING 3/27-4/12/2020 LAST TRAIN…

REVIEW: “The Elves and The Shoemaker” Panto 2018

After two years of good-but-not-great Panto productions, the Pantoloons at the Ghent Playhouse have regained their mojo and are currently tearing up the stage with a hum-dinger of a holiday treat. The Elves and The Shoemaker is funny, timely, and colorful. The script and songs, concocted by director Cathy Lee-Visscher…

Ghent Playhouse Announces 2018-2019 Season

SEASON 44 AT THE GHENT PLAYHOUSE THE FATHER by Florian Zeller directed by Brian Wagner  Performance Dates: October 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 THE PANTO THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher          Performance Dates: November 23-25, 30-December 2, December 7-9 MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET by Tom Dudzick directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher Performance Dates: February…

REVIEW: “Cabaret” at the Ghent Playhouse

A Snapshot of the Weimar Republic by Barbara Waldinger The classic Kander and Ebb musical CABARET portrays sexual depravity as a metaphor for the decadence of 1931 Germany, where the Nazis were poised on the cusp of power.  At least that was director Sam Mendes’s concept when he reimagined the…

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