Bob Goepfert

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.

In “God of Carnage,” the play starts with parents discussing the “uncivilized” behavior of their two 11-year old boys who get into a fight at the school playground. The “civilized” parents are meeting to see what lessons the children can gain from the experience.

  ‘Shipwrecked,' being produced by Saratoga Shakespeare at the back box theater at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, is a very theatrical event in which three actors play 25 roles and create a number of locales with minimal scenery and costumes.  It’s an often funny work that is deliciously performed and imaginatively staged.   

The humor is not always laugh out loud, but it always charming enough to bring a smile to your face.  

The other night I went to the theater in Glens Falls and a rock concert kept interrupting the play. To be clear, the music interrupted the drama it did not intrude on it.   But to be blurry, neither did it always enhance the story.

Williamstown, Mass.  – He’s known throughout most of the world as Vincent Von Gock but in the United States he’s Vincent Van Gogh.

ALBANY -   Last year Park Playhouse lost half its outdoor performances because of the rain. This year the audience cheers and applauds as the stage at the amphitheater in Albany’s Washington Park is pelted by a rain storm.

SARATOGA SPRINGS:   The production of “Dido and Aeneas,” which is performed outdoors in the courtyard of the Museum of Dance in Saratoga, leaves no doubt that the company’s new Artistic and General Director, Lawrence Edelson, is taking Opera Saratoga in a new direction.  Thankfully, it is a promising direction.

GLENS FALLS:    The play “Kalamazoo” which is at Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls through Saturday is a delightful and funny play that is also quite wise.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Kinky Boots" At Proctors

Jun 18, 2015

SCHENECTADY – Not all plays have titles that perfectly prepare you for what you are going to experience.

Anton Chekhov often complained that the comedies he wrote were often turned into serious dramas by actors and directors. 

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Pippin" At Proctors

May 28, 2015

In today’s world of entertainment the big thing is the cirque shows where young, muscular people perform acts of amazing strength, balance and dexterity.  Usually the separate numbers are linked with a pretentious theme.

Pittsfield, Mass. – First things first.  “Butler,” playing at Barrington Stage Company in Pittfield, Mass. through June 13 is not a play about a White House butler- or any other butler.   Butler is the name of a major-general who inadvertently shaped the Union’s policy towards slavery during the Civil War.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Hamlet" At Capital Rep

Apr 28, 2015

There is much to like and even admire in the Capital Repertory Theatre production of “Hamlet,” which continues through May 10.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Electric Soup"

Apr 24, 2015

Sometimes being a transitional figure who exists between two important art movements can be a guarantee you will be neglected by history.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Spring Awakening"

Apr 23, 2015

During the pre-show curtain speech on opening night at the Theatre Institute at Sage production of “Spring Awakening,”  the director, Leigh Strimbeck, told the audience, “Sometimes the right cast comes together for the right musical at the right time and the right place.   This is one of those times.”

Michelle Checchi

It’s spring and once again Major league baseball is stating its claim as “the National Pastime.”

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Dinner With Friends"

Apr 18, 2015

"Dinner With Friends," playing at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through May 9, is a richly textured play filled with insights on human nature. It also has wise observations on the complicated dynamic of relationships.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Tigers Be Still"

Feb 1, 2015

LATHAM:   “Tigers Be Still,” a play that is being given its regional premiere at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham, is off-beat fun filled with what we love to call quirky characters.   

Bob Goepfert Reviews "How Water Behaves"

Jan 27, 2015

“How Water Behaves,” a world-premiere comedy-drama that’s  playing at Capital Repertory Theatre through February 8, is an easy play to like – or at least, want to like. 

 SCHENECTADY – For those of you who are like me and tend to dismiss musicals in favor of dramas, the musical “Jersey Boys” playing at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through Sunday is for you.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Elf" At Proctors

Dec 26, 2014

SCHENECTADY – For those who want to extend Christmas I recommend a trip to the production of “Elf the Musical”, which is playing at Proctors Theatre through Sunday.  It’s hard to imagine another musical that celebrates the holiday spirit more effectively than does this adaptation of the film that starred Will Ferrell.

ALBANY - “The Secret Garden” is probably not the show you would think of as Christmas entertainment.  But as the Capital Repertory Theatre production illustrates, any musical about love, rebirth and reconciliation is ideal material for this holiday season.

Latham - If you want proof of the theater axiom that claims comedy and tragedy are two sides of the same coin, attend Curtain Call Theatre’s production of “The Lyons.”

A theater tradition is to give a star performer applause upon making an entrance.   At the opening night production of “The Addams Family” at Home Made Theater in Saratoga the audience applauded when the stage lights came up.

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