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

CATFISH ROW an’ WEST 64th

Editor’s Note: “Catfish Row” that follows is the initial offering to be a section of this website, to be titled Commentary. The site is under revision. Please excuse.

CATFISH ROW an’ WEST 64th

J. A. Di Bello

     For a slice of time, it appeared the hands on the wall clock continued to move forward at an increasing speed. It was clean-up or take-it-to-the-dump week and the cardboard box I had just struggled with remained in the center of the den. It didn’t move, quiver, or shake; it just sat there; like dead. It endured without injury the trip from over-the-barn, and contrary to appearances, I knew with certainty its contents were full of youth, visions and magic.

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Keith Dougherty’s review of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

September 13, 2019

County Players

Falls Theatre

Wappingers Falls

     I love going to see shows that I have never seen, especially when they are done as well as this one. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn with a Tony Award winning book by Rachel Sheinkin. I knew I enjoyed County Player’s production but didn’t realize how much until I found myself repeating lines, mimicking movements and checking my calendar to see if I could squeeze in seeing it again.

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Brittany Pierce-Caiazza’s Review of Flint

September 13, 2019

Shadowland Stages

Ellenville

     When I was asked to review Flint by Jeff Daniels, I was super excited because, well, Jeff Daniels. I had only been to one Shadowland production before and it was enjoyable. This is the East Coast premiere of Flint, so that was also exciting. I knew nothing about the show, save that it was set in Flint, Michigan and dealt with both the closing of auto factories and the water disaster (let’s call it what it is). Going in blind was the best thing I could have done.

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J. A. Di Bello’s Review of The Savannah Sipping Society

 

September 13, 2019

Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop

The Rivoli

South Fallsburg

     If there’s one sure-fire thing to say about Director Harold Tighe, it’s that he sure knowns how to throw a rip-roarin’, knee-slappin’ party. And if the digs of Sullivan County don’t fit your fancy, there’s a host of intriguing locations south of that ol’ Mason-Dixon Line. That’s right. South of the Mason-Dixon is the land nostalgically called “Dixie.” And in the heart of Dixie is one of Georgia’s juiciest peaches: Historic Savannah, currently brought face-to-face on the Rivoli stage by the notorious women of The Savannah Sipping Society.

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