REVIEW: “INVASION!” at the Ancram Opera House

by Macey Levin The intimate Ancram Opera House in Ancram, New York, is producing “Invasion!” by Jonas Hassen Khemiri and translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles, a play that delivers a barrage of themes, witty dialogue, questions and challenges. A talented and vibrant cast of four (Ali Andre Ali, Abuzar Farrukh, Sophie…

Ancram Opera House Presents “INVASION!” August 5-21

ANCRAM, NY [July 28, 2022] – Ancram Opera House presents INVASION! a satirical comedy by Jonas Hassen Khemiri, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles, and directed by Jeffrey Mousseau. All performances take place at AOH August 5 – 21, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm. “INVASION!…

REVIEW: “An Iliad” at Shakespeare & Company

by Macey Levin MaConnia Chesser is delivering a riveting performance in Shakespeare and Company’s one-woman play An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare.  It was previously performed by Chesser at the Ancram Opera House where the director of this production, Jeffrey Mousseau, originally staged it and is that company’s…

REVIEW: “An Iliad” at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger Ancram Opera House presents a battle between two superheroes! Featured in an eighth-century B.C. epic poem (Homer’s The Iliad), Achilles, a demi-god, was the most powerful warrior in Ancient Greece, and his nemesis, Hector, was the greatest warrior in Troy.  Actor MaConnia Chesser, playing the Poet, brings…

REVIEW: “The Snow Queen” at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger Fairy tales never lose their power to affect us, no matter how old we get.  Jeffrey Mousseau’s beautiful production of The Snow Queen at Ancram Opera House both moves and delights us as we root for the good guys to triumph over evil. Mousseau, co-director of Ancram…

REVIEW: “The Brothers Size” at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger Nestled in the southeast corner of Columbia County is The Ancram Opera House, formerly a grange hall built in 1927.  Currently, according to co-directors Jeffrey Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi, one of the missions of this intimate performing space is to “showcase contemporary theatre and alternative cabaret” by…

REVIEW: “Homebody” at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger A middle-aged Englishwoman, identified only as Homebody, tries in vain to remember the name of her anti-depressant:  “a portmanteau chemical cocktail word confected by punning psychopharmacologists.”  She imagines her “brain floating in a salt bath, frosted with a rime of salt, a pickle-brine brain, pink-beige walnut-wrinkled nutmeat…

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