Lake George Dinner Theatre’s name is a little backward. The normal impression of dinner theater is that they are places that offer mindless theater productions (usually comedies) that are presented after being served an average meal.
You should think of Lake George Dinner Theatre as a place that offers excellent theater and also serves a good dinner.
For instance, through October 12, Lake George Dinner Theatre is offering a really good production of “Moonlight and Magnolias,” a play about the rewriting of the screenplay for the legendary film “Gone With the Wind.”
For some reason you are supposed to warn people about plays that do not have loveable central characters. The same is true for plays that make you feel and think. Too, people feel they should be cautioned about plays that force them to understand life is complicated.
“Big Maggie” playing at Albany Civic Theater is all of the above. Nonetheless it is a brilliantly executed piece of theater that proves depreciating the taste level of audiences is humbug. This is a production that deserves an audience.
If you wish to celebrate the Labor Day weekend on a silly but happy note you can’t do much better than to attend the Theater Barn production of the musical “Young Frankenstein.” It continues at the New Lebanon theater Thursday to Sunday.
“Young Frankenstein” is the musical created by Mel Brook as a follow-up to his successful Broadway hit “The Producers.” It’s adapted from a very popular Brooks 1974 film that starred Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman and Teri Garr, all of whom are in some degree, channeled in this Theater Barn production.
Stageworks in Hudson has a reputation for producing cutting-edge theater. Their current offering,-the American premiere of “Stockholm,” - elevates that reputation for creating provocative and disturbing theater.
“The Bridges of Madison County,” which is being given its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival through August 18, is a musical that is often beautifully romantic. At other times the production boarders on the tedious and cloyingly sentimental.
“Southern Comfort,” the musical being given its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass., is a tender, story about love, courage and most of all family. It’s a lovely show with excellent music and a story that will make you feel good as it breaks your heart.
“Johnny Baseball” playing at the Nikos Theatre of the Williamstown Theatre Festival is both a musical about baseball and an interracial love story. The two are connected through the racism of baseball, specifically the Boston Red Sox, who were one of the last team in major league baseball to sign a black ballplayer.
If you only know of the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmallion” as the source material for the musical “My Fair Lady,” you really don’t know the work. “Pygmailion” is a biting, funny social satire about women’s rights and class distinctions.