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 “The Emperor’s New Clothes” at the Ghent Playhouse

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, November 2005 The Emperor’s New Clothes is the sixth annual British-American Panto presented as a Thanksgiving treat for Columbia County and the surrounding region by Judy Staber and her stalwart Pantoloons, and this year they have a real, albeit small, theatre in which to perform. Having…

REVIEW: “Bye Bye Broadway” at North Pointe Cultural Arts Center

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July 2005 Seeing the well received and lively opening night performance of Bye Bye Broadway at North Pointe last night took me back a quarter century or so to the summers when I used to write and direct my own original musicals. There is nothing so exciting,…

REVIEW: “Private Lives” at the Ghent Playhouse

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, January 2004 “We’re talking about a style that became a way of being for a lot of people. English cultural history between the world wars is, in some extremely large part, Noël Coward. He put himself into the narrative the English tell themselves about their…

REVIEW: “Dracula” at the Ghent Playhouse

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, September 2003 The frost was on the pumpkin, the wind was wild, and wispy streaks of grey cloud whipped past a luminous waxing Gibbous in the eastern sky. What a perfect night to walk into the Ghent Playhouse and see Dracula! On a versatile and gloomy…

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