Bob Goepfert

LAKE GEORGE:  There are many different ways to measure the success of a theatrical production.  Some people look for profound material, others love spectacle on stage, and still others look for the poetry and verse of playwrights like William Shakespeare.

GLENS FALLS-   “Home” is a musical about loss.   It’s about the loss of a mother and the loss of a childhood.  The musical, which is being given its world premiere at Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls, is a superb production of very disturbing material.   At its heart it questions if unworthy parents are entitled to love from those whom they unconsciously harmed.  In other worlds, it questions the essence of love.

ALBANY – Albany has another concert venue this summer. “A Night with Janis Joplin,” which plays at Capital Repertory Theatre through August 7, is more a concert than it is a theatrical production.  It’s a sincere and heartfelt tribute to the rock star that in 1967, at the age of 27, died from a drug overdose and alcohol abuse.

ALBANY  -  In the musical “Chicago” there are two leads – Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart.  Both women murdered their husbands and have manipulated their way to become media darlings – which assures they will be acquitted by a celebrity obsessed jury.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Brighton Beach Memoirs"

Jul 5, 2016

Anyone who has ever called Neil Simon simply a writer of shallow comedies should be forced to see the production of his play “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” playing a Curtain Call Theatre in Latham.  Attending the play, which continues through July 16, is a revelation.   This is a tender and wise production of a marvelous play that is in danger of being neglected.

Simon is often called “Doc” because of his reverence towards Anton Chekhov, the legendary Russian playwright who was a country doctor.  “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is Chekhovian in style in that it creates a world that is so honest it reflects an entire culture at a specific place and point in time.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Marriage of Figaro"

Jun 30, 2016
Principal Artists of The Marriage of Figaro
Susan Bardack / Buzz Media Solutions

Troy Record theater reviewer Bob Goepfert takes a look at Opera Saratoga's production of "The Marriage of Figaro."  

GLENS FALLS – “Island Song,” a musical which opens Adirondack Theatre Festival’s season, is an exciting production with a lot of talent on stage and behind the scenes.  It plays at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls through July 2 and I guarantee you will remember the show and be proud that you saw these actors before they became well-known.

LATHAM  -  “Bakersfield Mist” is an imperfect play that overcomes its limitations to provide a pleasant night of theater.  It continues at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through June 11.

PITTSFIELD, Mass – Once to be a triple treat in theater meant being able to act, sing and dance.  In the charming musical, “Presto Change-O,” playing at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass., triple threat means to act, sing and perform slight-of-hand magic.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Once" At Proctors

May 14, 2016
Bristol Pomeroy, Jenn Chandler, Patricia Bartlett
Joan Marcus

SCHENECTADY -  “Once” is one of the most Irish musicals you will experience.  But some clarification is needed.  If you assume Irish as The Clancy Brothers or Riverdance think again.   “Once” is closer to the plays of Sean O’Casey and Brian Friel, or even the literature of James Joyce.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Clybourne Park"

May 10, 2016

One of the great treats for theater lovers is when the quality of a performance is equal to the excellence of the material.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Calendar Girls"

Apr 29, 2016

Saratoga Springs – “Calendar Girls,” which is at Home Made Theater in Saratoga Springs through May 1, is that rare theater event – a play about female empowerment.   

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Trip To Bountiful"

Apr 29, 2016

ALBANY:  “The Trip to Bountiful, currently at Capital Repertory Theatre through May 15, is an American fable.  It’s filled with people we feel we know, or ought to, and tells a sentimental story at a leisurely pace.

“Living on Love,” a shallow comedy playing at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through April 30, is a guilty pleasure that, thanks to the work of a very likeable cast, you can enjoy without any morning-after guilt.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Lion King" At Proctors

Mar 31, 2016

SCHENECTADY - “The Lion King” playing at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through April 17, bills itself as “The World’s #1 Musical.”  While that’s true, it also reminds me of the ringmaster at a circus calling, “Boys and girls of all ages, welcome to the greatest show on earth.”

Your enjoyment of “The Blue-Sky Boys,” playing at Capital Repertory Theatre through April 3, will depend on your ability to suspend disbelief.  

LATHAM – When David Mamet’s play “Glengarry Glen Ross” opened in 1984 it was a controversial work.  Its language which is loaded with f-bombs seemed profane and the central characters in the play were deemed unworthy tragic figures because they were con-artists who were bilking average people by selling them worthless Florida properties with exotic names like Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Naked Influence"

Feb 5, 2016

“Naked Influence,” a play being given its world premiere by Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, is one of those works that might be unfairly be overlooked or even dismissed by the public.  

LATHAM – There are few things in theater more satisfying than a mystery.  The good ones keep you engrossed as you try to match wits with the playwright as each new twist and turn leads you down a confusing labyrinth of mystery.   The very best usually have plenty of humor to keep things light.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "White Christmas" At Proctors

Dec 26, 2015
Kevin White

  Yes, the musical does open on Christmas Eve 1944 on a battlefield in Europe and the first songs you hear are “Happy Holidays” and the title song.”  Too most of the show takes place at Christmastime at a Vermont inn.  Also the production ends, a decade later, with the cast gathered about a large Christmas tree reprising the song “White Christmas,” while inviting the audience to sing along as snowflake fall at the rear of the stage.

Douglas C. Liebig

“A Christmas Story the Musical” is a happy adaptation of a classic holiday story.  It’s at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany until December 27 and should make your holidays a little brighter.

“When I Grow Up” - The Company of Matilda The Musical National Tour
Joan Marcus

“Matilda the Musical,” which is at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through Sunday, is a work that respects its audience. The show is the most mature young person’s entertainment you can imagine and should be appreciated equally by young and old.  But a word of caution – not too young as this is a thoughtful but dark story.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Charley's Aunt"

Nov 28, 2015

If this holiday season you get a yearning for chestnuts roasting on an open hearth, a visit to Curtain Call Theatre in Latham might satisfy you.  There’s no open hearth, but the comedy “Charley’s Aunt” is a certainly a theatrical chestnut.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Motown The Musical"

Nov 21, 2015

SCHENECTADY - “Motown the Musical,” which is at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through Sunday, lists almost 60 songs in the program. Each of them should be familiar to everyone in the audience because they were the heartbeat of the country during 1960s, 70s and 80s.

THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour Company
(c) Joan Marcus, 2014

SCHENECTADY - It is easy to be cynical about “The Book of Mormon” which is playing at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through Sunday. That’s before you see the show, afterwards you’ll likely be a big time fan.

Chris Foster, John Noble, Patrick White
Kevin Gardner

“The Night Alive” playing at Curtain Call Theatre through November 7, is a wonderful character study of a man who by society’s definition is a loser. He is slothful, dirty, unreliable and not very trustworthy.

Bob Goepfert Reviews 4000 Miles At Capital Rep

Oct 15, 2015

 Albany – The play “4000 Miles,” which is at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany through October 18, is a small, gentle play that is more about the emotions generated by the characters  than it is the events of the plot.   It’s a warm and compassionate work that is without bells and whistles or powerful climactic moments.  Yet it is a work that should linger in the memory for a long time.

There are few areas of entertainment more maligned than dinner theater.  The genre is considered the place where real actors go to end their careers. As for the productions they are usually defined by the second and third most maligned terms in entertainment - comedies by Neil Simon and served with a banquet-style dinner.

SCHENECTADY – Who would think that cold-blooded murder could be so much fun? For sure all the people who attend “Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” playing at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady will easily understand how enjoyable a murder or two - or eight can be.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Common’s Of Pensacola"

Sep 22, 2015

LATHAM - There are certain plays that read much better than they play on stage. My guess is that is why “The Common’s of Pensacola,” a first play by actress Amanda Peet, was produced by the prestigious Manhattan Theater Club in 2013 and was selected to be the fall production at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham.

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