Bob Goepfert

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.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Newsies" At Proctors

Oct 14, 2014

SCHENCTADY -  “Newsies” is starting its first national tour at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady and it appears the Disney company has another cash cow on its hands.  This is a musical that should please almost everyone and fill the house at every show before its final performance on Friday night. And, it’s likely to do the same on the road.

ALBANY – “Other Desert Cities” is a play about the collateral damage of keeping secrets.   It’s a work that stresses the fragility of trust and the need for families to be honest with each other.

“A Couple of Blaguards” can be termed an Irish reminiscence.   The work that continues at the small G.E. Theatre at Proctors through Sunday concerns two brothers who tell about their upbringing during the 1930s in Limerick, Ireland and their eventual assimilation into American culture as émigrés in the 1950s.

Our theater reviewer Bob Goepfert discusses "Character Man" at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield.

LATHAM   - A.R. Gurney is as much a historian as he is a playwright.  His newest play, “Family Furniture,” being offered at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through October 11, is a detailed portrait of life as it was lived in the 1950s.

New Lebanon - If all it took to write an enjoyable play was a good premise “Half and Half” would be a terrific piece of theater.

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