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…

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…

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…

The Pantoloons annual treat in Ghent – “Ali Baba and the Four Tea Thieves”

The great tradition of the British holiday panto has thrived in Columbia County since 2000 for good reason. It is about the most fun you can have at the theatre with the whole family – a funny, musical nod to fairy tales familiar and unfamiliar, with a little cross-dressing and a lot of spoofery thrown in.

REVIEW: The Panto “Cinderella” at the Ghent Playhouse

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, November 2006 Gas for the car – $30 dollarsDinner at the Blue Plate – $28.50Ticket to the Ghent Playhouse – $15 or lessWatching the Panto – PRICELESS! Prince V (for Very) Charming (Sally McCarthy) is being badgered by his mother Queen Blair (Paul Murphy) and…

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