Bob Goepfert

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.

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.

New Lebanon - Theater Barn in New Lebanon is ending their summer season with “The Addams Family,” a happy, bright and enjoyable musical. 

With the play “Tomorrow in the Battle,” Stageworks in Hudson, NY has coined a new term - “World Premiere Revival.”

“Dancing Lessons” is a delightful theater experience.  That, despite the fact, it is a  romantic-comedy that does not offer a look at anything new.  Instead it’s refreshing look at a familiar story.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Cirque Eloize" At Proctors

Aug 5, 2014

Every summer there is one sleeper event – a show that is unexpected in the fun it provides.  This year that show is “iD,” performed by Cirque Eloize at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady.

Bob Goepfert: Saratoga Shakespeare's "MacBeth"

Jul 22, 2014

At the top of the conventional wisdom list is the assumption that if you do a play of William Shakespeare in an outdoor setting, you must choose a comedy or a romance.  Under no circumstance should you do a tragedy outside.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Hands On A Hardbody"

Jul 20, 2014

“Hands on a Hardbody,” is a tender, contemporary musical about the American dream.  It’s about ten people who enter a contest that demands a person keep at least one hand on a truck until all others drop out.  The last person standing wins the vehicle.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Outgoing Tide"

Jul 19, 2014

“The Outgoing Tide” looks at a small family who is spending time at their seasonal home on the Chesapeake.   The parents, Gunner and Peg, who have been married over 50 years, are visited by their only child, Jack. 

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Whale"

Jul 15, 2014

GLENS FALLS – “The Whale” is more than a good drama – it’s a genuine tragedy. It is about good people who succumb to their flaws and live lives that are hurtful to themselves and others. The work, which continues at Adirondack Theatre Festival through Saturday, is especially unique in that its central character is physically grotesque and self-destructive in nature. The emotions of the other characters are equally as disturbing.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "You Should Be So Lucky"

Jul 2, 2014

New Lebanon - “You Should Be So Lucky,” a farce playing at the Theater Barn in New Lebanon through Sunday, is proof that to be totally satisfying a comedy needs more than a funny premise.

The production is very funny when showing what happens to the very shy Christopher when he inherits $10 million from a casual acquaintance.   

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Magic Flute"

Jun 22, 2014

“The Magic Flute,” which is being presented by Opera Saratoga in repertory through June 28, is a remarkable opera in all ways.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Other Place”

May 29, 2014

 Pittsfield, Mass. – One of the many good things about Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass. is they don’t play it safe. “The Other Place,” the opening play of their summer season, is a rewarding and complicated work that demands concentration from the audience.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The God Game"

May 15, 2014

“The God Game,” a new play being offered at Capital Repertory Theatre through May 25, tells a thoughtful story in a totally engaging manner.  It has enough drama to keep you interested during its two hour running time but it doesn’t depend on the scandal of the moment to drive the story.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Flashdance: The Musical"

May 8, 2014

SCHENECTADY – The film “Flashdance” was a surprise hit in 1983.   It wasn’t a musical but the music and dance in the show about a female steel-worker who moonlights as a dancer in nightclubs and dreams of being a ballet dancer won over audiences.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Boeing, Boeing"

Apr 22, 2014

There’s a thin line between a funny play and a farce.  It’s as subtle as the difference between humor and comedy.

Great playwrights do not always write great plays.  However, even in minor works by great playwrights there is usually something of value to be found.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Figaro"

Mar 11, 2014

When you see a play titled Figaro, the mind leaps to the opera The Marriage of Figaro.  Which leads to the logical question “Why would I want to see the story about the comic rogue Figaro without Mozart’s music?”

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Good People"

Jan 20, 2014

LATHAM – David Lindsay-Abaire is the best playwright you’ve probably never heard of.  And, his ”Good People,” is likely the best play you never heard of.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Plaid Tidings"

Dec 12, 2013

Fellow cynics beware the production of “Plaid Tidings” playing at Cohoes Music Hall through Sunday.  It’s like being trapped in an elevator that has an endless loop of music that plays every holiday song ever written.