EDITOR

"I am confused
by life,
and I feel safe within
the confines of the theatre."
Helen Hayes
 
It is the purpose of The Greenroom as a formal publication to distribute pertinent and germane information related, directly and indirectly, to live theatre and performance in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties, as well as contiguous fringes. The Greenroom is one easy to access central location designed for the promotion of theatres in general and theatre arts in particular.  To facilitate, include The Greenroom on your menu of favorites.
On this website the browser will find Reviews, Previews and Commentary on the art of theatre as well as performance.  Individual theatres and venues are not sponsors of this publication.  Integrity demands Reviews and Commentary to contain intelligent and educated criticism.  “The time for criticism is always now, because the imperative to think clearly, to insist on the necessary balance of reason and passion, never goes away.” 
A. O. Scott

Latest Reviews

Brittany Pierce-Caiazza’s Review of The Producers

August 13, 2019

Forestburgh Playhouse

Forestburgh

     Forestburgh Playhouse’s latest endeavor, Mel Brooks’s The Producers, is nothing short of enjoyable. With strong performances, simple sets, and great costuming and props (saluting birds anyone?), this is not one to miss.

The Producers has a lifespan well beyond the most recent Broadway run, although many will equate this show with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, when, in fact, Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel originated the roles in the 1967 film. Since the film, it has been on Broadway, on tour, and had a film reboot. And now it lands at the Forestburgh Playhouse with an all-star, tour de force cast. These performers hold nothing back, and in true theatre fashion, roll with the punches, or the ever-opening apartment door as may be the case.

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Brittany Pierce-Caiazza’s Review of Into the Woods

August 9, 2019

Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop

The Rivoli

South Fallsburg

     Into the Woods is one of Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved musicals. It intertwines the stories of some of our most memorable childhood fairy tale characters, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood for example, and turns them on their heads, creating a new fairy tale in its own right. The music is memorable, the book is quite witty, and the characters have tons of heart.

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Barry Plaxen’s Review of the Shandelee Music Festival 2019

August 7, 2019

The Shandelee Music Festival

Livingston Manor, NY

In the Heart of the Beautiful Catskill Mountains

Celebrate the 26th Season

     In Celebration of its 26th season, the Shandelee Music festival scheduled a delectable series of six quite-varied concerts. Opening on August 3 with Gladius and his solo guitar concert, which I was unable to attend, the August 7 return to the Festival of the Hermitage Piano Trio, last seen in 2016, was a happy occasion with this superb trio performing a mixture of well-known and not-so-well-known trios. “Each a soloist in his own right, they imbue their chosen selections with much technical power, inspired phrasing and, most importantly, profound emotion...” That quote comes from my witnessing the trio’s five-star quality, 2014 performance of Rachmaninoff’s Trio in G minor Elégiaque. Their performance of the one-movement masterwork was a shining example of the raison d’etre for attending ANY classical music concert. And they are Misha Keylin (violin), Sergey Antonov (cello), and (Ilya Kazantsev (piano).

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J. A. Di Bello’s Review of Orphans

Augut 9, 2019

Milford Theatre

Milford, PA

An Unholy Trinity

     The enthusiasm and tingles of excitement found to accompany opening nights were prevalent at the Milford Theatre Friday night. Though patrons were sparse, they delighted in an intense and penetrating delivery of Lyle Kessler’s Tony Award nominated drama, Orphans. Side of the Road Theatre Company’s (SOTR) thought provoking slice of life production falls into the category of “meaningful drama.” As noted in the August issue of “Delaware and Hudson Canvas,” “Meaningful drama is designed to confront the concepts that cause a person to be what he/she is, frequently triggering introspection, and evaluation of the self through focus and similar processes.”

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