REVIEW: “The Snow Queen” at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger Fairy tales never lose their power to affect us, no matter how old we get.  Jeffrey Mousseau’s beautiful production of The Snow Queen at Ancram Opera House both moves and delights us as we root for the good guys to triumph over evil. Mousseau, co-director of Ancram Opera House (with Paul Ricciardi)…

REVIEW: “The Brothers Size” at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger Nestled in the southeast corner of Columbia County is The Ancram Opera House, formerly a grange hall built in 1927.  Currently, according to co-directors Jeffrey Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi, one of the missions of this intimate performing space is to “showcase contemporary theatre and alternative cabaret” by “visionary theatre artists at the…

REVIEW: “Homebody” at the Ancram Opera House

A middle-aged Englishwoman, identified only as Homebody, tries in vain to remember the name of her anti-depressant:  “a portmanteau chemical cocktail word confected by punning psychopharmacologists.”  She imagines her “brain floating in a salt bath, frosted with a rime of salt, a pickle-brine brain, pink-beige walnut-wrinkled nutmeat within a crystalliform quartzoid ice-white hoarfrost casing, a…