"I am confused
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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

Barry Plaxen’s Review of Neave Piano Trio & Carla Jablonski

P.L.A.Y. the Classics

April 14, 2019

Bethel Woods

The Shandelee Music Festival (SMF) presented its opening concert for another series of “P.L.A.Y. the Classics” in conjunction with Bethel Woods. For the past few seasons, these concerts were/are the only classical music events offered at Bethel Woods.

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Keith Dougherty’s Review of Proof

March 31, 2019

Cornerstone Theatre Arts

Goshen Music Hall.

David Auburn’s thought-provoking play is an extremely engaging character study, skillfully directed by Jacqueline Dion, that left me wanting more.  I left this little gem of a theatre literally exhilarated, and as an actor and director myself, inspired.  Originally developed at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays, Proof premiered Off-Broadway in May 2000 and moved to Broadway in October 2000.  Receiving national attention, it earned the Drama Desk Award, the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play.

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Brittany Pierce-Caiazza’s Review of The Wizard of Oz

March 23, 2019

The New Rose Theatre


We Followed the Yellow Brick Road…

...and were not disappointed with what we found. Under the careful, and very passionate, eyes of Dee Tabitha Wright, the dancers at The New Rose Theatre in Walden have once again delivered a delightful production with their rendition of The Wizard of Oz - A Contemporary Ballet. But don’t go looking for the usual fare - this is a full-on ballet. And what a joy it is!

Wright has created a version of The Wizard of Oz that brings together pieces of the original film, more “modern” music (modern in that it is within the last century), and homages to the Broadway show Wicked in a complete, fresh telling of the beloved classic.

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

Hudson Opera Theatre

First Presbyterian Church of Monroe

February 24, 2019



     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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