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

J. A. Di Bello’s Review of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto

Hudson Opera Theatre

First Presbyterian Church of Monroe

February 24, 2019

MALEDIZIONE

 

     On Sunday, February 24, the Hudson Opera Theatre, under the direction of the distinguished Maestro Ron De Fesi, brought one of the most significant works of the Italian Opera to the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe. In the heart of Hudson Valley, this production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto represented a continuation of the high quality of performance that is expected from the Hudson Opera Theatre, currently in its 42nd season.

Maestro De Fesi, as conductor, is undisputedly one who recognizes the quality and history associated with the Italian Opera. For many, Verdi’s, Rigoletto has stood as the foundation upon which “Italian Opera” is constructed.

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J. A. Di Bello's Review of Talking With...

Corerstone Theater Arts

Goshen Music Hall

February 17, 2019

No Fumbles; No Turnovers

     For the astute theatre goer, the diminutive stage nestled in Goshen’s famed Music Hall has been marked. The props are cautiously placed and in the obscure wings is assembled a full roster of able thespians. For the uninitiated, let them know without hesitation: Ken Tschan, Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theatre Arts, has assembled a team of steadfast and talented players, as he faces an exciting and challenging 2019 theatre season.

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Brittany Pierce-Caiazza’s Review of Exit Laughing

County Players

The Falls Theater

Wappingers Falls

February 2, 2019

Enter Laughing, Stay Laughing, Exit Laughing

         The old adage claims that laughter is the best medicine. Well, if that is true, the audiences of County Players’ Exit Laughing will be warding off disease for many months to come.

Exit Laughing, toted as “The Golden Girls meet Steel Magnolias,” is a quirky comedy by Paul Elliott. It centers around three friends, four if you count the absent Mary, gathering for their usual night of playing bridge. Toss in theft, a failed date, an unexpected visitor, and a LOT of booze, and you have the makings for a sure-fire hit. Michael J. Frohnhoefer has assembled a stellar cast and, in my humble opinion, created one of the best productions I have seen at County Players. The set is simple yet completely functional, the costumes are practical for the piece (and a little sassy during curtain call), and the performers are polished. Kudos to Frohnhoefer and his production crew.

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Brittany Pierce-Caiazza’s Review of Winter Wonderettes

Shadowland Stages

Ellenville

December 1, 2018

Giving the Gift of Wonder (ettes)

     It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and Shadowland Stages’ production of Winter Wonderettes is just the thing to help you get in the mood!  As an audience member at Winter Wonderettes, you are not simply watching the show – you are IN the show.

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