REVIEW: “Grease” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

by Lisa Jarisch Since its arrival on Broadway in 1972, Grease has been the Word in more than 3300 Broadway performances, had 27 productions worldwide, made its way to the big screen as a feature film, been revived on Broadway twice, and has greased and graced the boards of high…

REVIEW: “Annie” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

by Lisa Jarisch Surely there is no better cure for melancholy that approaches as the curtain descends on the summer theater season than a healthy dose of rambunctious orphans, a rags to riches story, a guaranteed happy ending…AND a dog.  The Mac-Haydn Theatre fills the prescription to a “T”…or in this…

REVIEW: “Mamma Mia!” at the Mac-Haydn

by Barbara Waldinger The local go-to venue for big, splashy summer musicals is usually Chatham’s Mac-Haydn Theatre.  The tiny stage is  characteristically populated with dozens of talented young singers/dancers/actors, energetic and beautifully costumed.   However, the latest production, Mamma Mia!, despite showcasing all the usual ingredients, is largely a disappointment. Part…

REVIEW: “Damn Yankees” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

by Barbara Waldinger The Mac-Haydn Theatre, celebrated for its spectacular musical revivals, opened its 50th season with the Tony-award winning Damn Yankees. The performance delivered on its promise of outstanding singer/dancers directed (by John Saunders) and choreographed (by Brian Knowlton) to a fare-thee-well. Damn Yankees first opened in 1955, written…

REVIEW: “Carousel” at The Mac-Haydn Theatre

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June 2005 In 1999, Time Magazine looked back over the entire 20th century, a century that saw the American musical take shape, and named Rodgers and Hammerstein’s second collaboration Carousel the Best Musical of the Century! High praise indeed. Rodgers and Hammerstein themselves liked Carousel the best of all…

REVIEW: “Nuncrackers” at The Mac-Haydn Theatre

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, May 2005 Let’s get things straight at the outset:1. Nuncrackers is a Nunsense show.2. Theatre critics hate Nunsense shows and I am a theatre critic.3. Nunsense shows are completely “critic-proof.” Critics hate ‘em and audiences love ‘em. Some might argue that item three above proves that critics are woefully out of touch with…

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