Bob Goepfert

Not only is the production of the “The Elixir of Love” a wonderful professional offering of a delightful comic opera, it is probably one of the most charming entertainment experiences you can have this season.

A scene from Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Lake Theatre

LAKE GEORGE - A visit to the Lake Theatre in Lake George is a reminder of the innocence that existed when the theater was first formed as the Lake George Dinner Theater in 1968.  

If you enjoy theater that makes you think and feel, you will truly appreciate “The Boy in the Bathroom,” playing at Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls.  The characters and situation will stay with you for a long, long time.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Mamma Mia" At Proctors

Jul 30, 2017
Kara Mikula, Lyn Philistine, Carla Woods in a scene from Mamma Mia
Richard Lovrich

If you need proof that “Mamma Mia” is an indestructible piece of entertainment, look no further than the Capital Repertory Theatre production which continues at the Albany theater until August 13.

A scene from "Buyer & Cellar"
Curtain Call Theater

Summer is for relaxing.   If you are looking for a relaxing theater experience, “Buyer & Cellar” playing at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham is the ideal show.  Think of it as the theater equivalent of a beach-read book. 

"Taking Steps" at Barrington Stage Company
Barrington Stage Company

Pittsfield, Mass. – The short review for the comedy “Taking Steps,” playing at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass through August 5, is:  Go see it – it’s funny.

A curse for a playwright who becomes successful is that sometimes producers seek out earlier plays to generate sales solely on a playwright’s name.  They can be embarrassments.

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Not all opera has to be flamboyant or grand to be successful.  Opera Saratoga is offering “Zemire Et Azor,” a sublime rendering of an almost 250 year old version of the well-known fairy tale, “Beauty and the Beast” that is enormously satisfying.   

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat”

Jun 27, 2017

GLENS FALLS – Adirondack Theatre Festival is opening its season in Glens Falls with a bold production of a world premiere that is dynamic, exciting.  And, as with any new work, is in need of work.

Bob Goepfert: Julius Caesar

Jun 15, 2017

I recently attended the Public Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”.  Perhaps I’m naïve, or it’s the times in which we live, but when I left the Delacorte Theatre in New York’s Central Park, I never expected the production to be so controversial.  I certainly never expected Shakespeare’s political drama to be criticized for being political.

Steel Magnolias at Curtain Call Theatre b- L to R Allison Tebbano, Laura Graer, Cristin Loffredo, Pat Hoffman
Amanda Brinke

LATHAM - It’s hard to knock a play about friendship.   It’s especially difficult when the friends are a group of diverse and decent women living in a small Louisiana town.  They are sweet yet tough, and so local you can almost smell the magnolias outside.

TROY  - Sometimes a question is not a question.  Take this conversation for an instance:  “I’m going to take the two granddaughters to “Freckleface Strawberry” at Russell Sage College.  Do you want to come with us?   You might enjoy it.”

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Kunstler"

Jun 1, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass.   During the 1960s and 70s, whenever there was a trial involving political controversy you could be sure the defense attorney for the headline-making cases was William Kunstler. Today, unless you are of a certain age, Kunstler’s contributions to the cause of social justice are almost forgotten.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Cabaret" At Proctors

May 11, 2017
Leigh Ann Larkin as Sally Bowlesand Benjamin Eakeley as Clifford Bradshawin in CABARET
Joan Marcus

SCHENECTADY  -  The national touring production of “Cabaret,” that is at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through Sunday, is proof the show is one of the all-time great musicals.  

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Bandstand"

May 9, 2017

NEW YORK, NY – A new and rather special musical, “Bandstand,” just opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on 44th Street in Manhattan.  It’s an uplifting work about soldiers returning home after World War II. It’s a show that is filled with music and dance but never depreciates the challenges facing veterans returning from war. Indeed, it’s just the opposite. This is a work that honors all veterans, and its d it balances traditional music theater with a topic rarely addressed by and it’s accomplished with pandering.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – When “The Foreigner” was first produced in 1984, it was seen as a jolly, light-hearted farce.   The production that is playing at Home Made Theatre in Saratoga Springs through May 7 maintains all the comedic values in the piece, but because of today’s political climate, the play’s once seemingly innocent approach to foreigners now has more of an edge to it.

 Kris Anderson and Chris Foster in The Normal Heart
Amanda Brinke

One of the more notable things about the production of a “The Normal Heart” presented at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through April 30, is that it generates a span of emotions ranging from compassion to outrage.  

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Beautiful" At Proctors

Apr 13, 2017
Julia Knitel as Carole King
Joan Marcus / Proctors Theatre

Schenectady - Sometimes you go to a Broadway musical and leave without ever hearing a familiar song. In “Beautiful – the Carole King Musical” you not only know every song, but if you are of a certain age, you will likely know what you were doing when you first heard them.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Sound of Music" At Proctors

Apr 6, 2017
A scene from "Sound of Music" at Proctors
Proctors Theatre

SCHENECTADY -  One of the most difficult things about reviving a classic musical is finding the balance between being faithful to the original production and presenting it so it seems fresh to modern audiences.

ALBANY – “An Iliad,” which is at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany  through April 2, is simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting.  It’s drama that is intellectually stimulating, moving and powerful, and frequently painful to experience.  In other words it’s theater that will touch your emotions, your heart and jar your comfort level. 

LATHAM  –  It’s difficult to define “Skin Deep,” a play that runs at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through March 25.    It’s a sweet and tender play about two people who need to be loved but it’s hard to determine if it’s a play with a lot of humor or a comedy with a lot of heart.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Wicked" At Proctors

Mar 5, 2017

SCHENECTADY –“Wicked” is one of those Broadway musicals that lives up to its hype.  It’s a big, flashy show that tells an intriguing and clever story.  It’s doesn’t have a score filled with commercial hits, but there are several individuals numbers – like “Popular” and “Defying Gravity” that bore worm holes in your brain and will stay there for days.

It’s usually a toss-up as to which genre is more popular with theater audiences – comedies or mysteries?   Home Made Theater in Saratoga Springs is trying to appeal to both with its current production of “The Games Afoot.”    It’s a comedy by Ken Ludwig that incorporates the plot of a mystery.

ALBANY –“Grand Concourse” is a title of a play you’ve probably never heard of.  It is, however, a play that once you see it you will always remember it.

ALBANY – It’s the middle of winter, political tensions are high, the bills for the holiday gifts have landed and before you know it, it will be tax time.  It not only sounds depressing; it is depressing.

The Rep/Douglas C. Liebig

“If you made a list of your favorite plays or musicals that might make you think of the holidays, it’s doubtful that the Lerner and Lowe musical, “Camelot” would make your top 10. Or, for that matter, the top 25.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which is at Proctors Theater in Schenectady through Sunday, is a remarkable piece of theater.  It’s that rare work that has you leaving the performance a changed and enlightened person.

LATHAM - If you haven’t yet had your fill of vile people engaging in political backstabbing - you will be happy to know that “Farragut North” continues at  Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through November 26.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Disenchanted" At Proctors

Oct 6, 2016

SCHENECTADY -  I’m not sure very many people ever left one of Walt Disney’s animated films thinking that the princess in the piece – you know, the one who marries her Prince Charming and lived happily ever after -knew they weren’t portrayed accurately.  Few cared.  They went to the films for entertainment.

ALBANY - It is difficult to conceive of anyone not enjoying the romantic comedy “Outside Mullingar” that is playing at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany through October 16.

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