"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

Barry Plaxen’s Review of Borisevich Duo

October 6, 2019

Shandelee Music Festival

Bethel Woods

     On October 6, 2019, the Shandelee Music Festival presented the internationally acclaimed Borisevich Duo for the P.L.A.Y. the Classics series at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Margarita Loukachkina (piano) and Nikita Borisevich (violin) treated the audience to an exciting afternoon with two masterworks, two musical pastiches and one of the greatest of violin virtuosic works.

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J. A. Di Bello’s Review of Cry It Out

October 4, 2019

Shadowland Stages


     Cry It Out, a play by Molly Smith Metzler, is a startling, frequently comic yet heroic saga of motherhood. It shimmers with a naked truth, reflecting the realities of love, life and the unanticipated impact society has on each. As a home-grown account, Cry It Out’s dialogue and literary complications toll loud and clear with reverberating tones of an experiential narrative. Molly Smith Metzler’s timely drama surrounds an appropriately anxious Shadowland audience with pertinent thoughts about life’s oldest, most cherished occupation: Motherhood.

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J. A. Di Bello’s Review of The Fantasticks

The Rhinebeck Theatre Society

The Centre for The Performing Arts


Try To Remember

     With the sure-fire blessing of Dionysus, et al, the Rhinebeck Theatre Society presented The Fantasticks to an appreciative audience this Friday evening past. Aside from the remarkable, this musical comedy is one of the silliest, most whimsical plays ever to brighten marques, from the Great White Way to Poughkeepsie, Buffalo, and yes, Rhinebeck, too. So creative, unusual and magical is this musical, it ran continuously at the notorious Off-Broadway Sullivan Street Theatre for 42 years (until 2002), and, just sayin’, that’s 17,162 performances!

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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.


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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