REVIEW: “Ragtime” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

by Lisa Jarisch As a former librarian, I  am almost always wont to pronounce “the book was better” or “read the book” when presented with a film or stage adaptation of a printed or published work. And like thousands of readers, I devoured E.L. Doctrow’s best seller of 1975 and extolled its virtues to anyone…

REVIEW: “Curtains” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

by Macey Levin   From the mid-60’s into the 21st century John Kander and Fred Ebb were major figures in Broadway theatres.  Their notable musicals include Cabaret (1966), Zorba (1968) Chicago (1975) Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993) among many others.  Curtains (2007) was their last show but it was incomplete at the time of…

The Kander and Ebb Whodunit “Curtains” Makes Its Mac-Haydn Debut

CHATHAM, NY— The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical comedy Curtains, running June 6 through June 16. This brassy and bright broadway smash makes its Mac-Haydn debut! It’s opening night at the Colonial Theatre when the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage. The cast and crew are all suspects when the leading…

GhostLit Repertory Theatre Company Presents Semi-Staged Concert Performance of “Sweeney Todd”

GhostLit Repertory Theatre Company, under the leadership of Harrison Lang and Caitlin Teeley, is pleased to announce that a semi-staged concert performance of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award-winning classic Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be performed on Saturday, January 19 at 7:30pm at The Egremont Barn. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of…

REVIEW: “Rigoletto” at the Berkshire Opera Festival

by Fred Baumgarten For nearly three hours last Saturday afternoon, you could hear a pin drop inside the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at the Berkshire Opera Festival’s presentation of Verdi’s classic tragedy, Rigoletto. That, and the sounds of splendid music, which the audience drank in with rapt attention. So good was this performance that a five-minute…

REVIEW: “Mamma Mia!” at the Mac-Haydn

by Barbara Waldinger The local go-to venue for big, splashy summer musicals is usually Chatham’s Mac-Haydn Theatre.  The tiny stage is  characteristically populated with dozens of talented young singers/dancers/actors, energetic and beautifully costumed.   However, the latest production, Mamma Mia!, despite showcasing all the usual ingredients, is largely a disappointment. Part of the problem may be…