Plenty of pro­duc­tions set for the fall

The Record (Troy, NY) - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Bob Goepfert

AL­BANY, N.Y. » Most of the sum­mer the­aters have closed, but not-to-worry. In the world of area the­ater there is hardly a beat be­tween the sum­mer clos­ings and fall open­ings.

A quick glance at the plays of­fered in Septem­ber would have you think it to honor the re­cently de­ceased play­wright Neil Si­mon. Of course, the plays were se­lected in the spring, but none­the­less Septem­ber is a ter­rific trib­ute to a great play­wright.

Al­bany Civic The­atre opens the Neil Si­mon dra­mady “The Gin­ger­bread Lady” on Septem­ber 7.

On the same day, The­atre Barn, a sum­mer troupe, presents its 2018 sea­son end­ing show, the com­edy “The Dec­o­ra­tor.” It plays Septem­ber 7 to Septem­ber 23.

Cur­tain Call The­atre is of­fer­ing an­other Neil Si­mon play to open its sea­son on Septem­ber 13. The com­ing of age com­edy- drama “Biloxi Blues,” plays at the Latham the­ater through Oc­to­ber 13.

If you want the­ater that is the po­lar op­po­site of Neil Si­mon, the month of Septem­ber will of­fer an evening of plays writ­ten by Samuel Beck­ett. Troy Foundry is fol­low­ing up on its suc­cess­ful first year of pre­sent­ing bold the­ater in un­usual spa­ces by of­fer­ing “Catas­tro­phe Car­ni­vale,” an evening of Beck­ett one acts plays in Troy’s Gash­older Build­ing. It’s a truly unique space that should be per­fect for sev­eral rarely pro­duced the­ater pieces. It runs Septem­ber 20 -30.

Lake The­atre is of­fer­ing its sec­ond show of the sea- son open­ing on Septem­ber 14 and run­ning through fo­liage sea­son, clos­ing on Oc­to­ber 13. The ro­man­tic com­edy “The Long Week­end” isn’t by Neil Si­mon, but is the next best thing. The play­wright Norm Foster is re­ferred to as “the Cana­dian Neil Si­mon.”

If you pre­fer mu­si­cal the­ater, Sch­enec­tady Light Opera Com­pany opens “In the Heights,” on Septem­ber 21. If the ti­tle is un­fa­mil­iar, Lin-Manuel Mi­randa cre­ated the Tony Award­win­ning show just prior to “Hamil­ton.”

Cap­i­tal Reper­tory Com­pany starts its sea­son on Septem­ber 21, with “The Royale” a story in­spired by boxer Jack John­son.

That’s not a bad Septem­ber. Two drama- come­dies, a mu­si­cal, a night of Beck­ett and a rel­a­tively new play that ad­dresses a se­ri­ous so- cial is­sue.

And it’s just a warm-up. There are an­other dozen plays that will be of­fered start­ing in Oc­to­ber and con­tin­u­ing through New Year’s Day. They in­clude Broad­way mu­si­cals “Anas­ta­sia” (Oc­to­ber 9-14) and “A Bronx Tale” (Oc­to­ber 23-28). HomeMade The­atre in Saratoga also presents a pop­u­lar mu­si­cal, “Young Franken­stein,” Oc­to­ber 13-28

Look over the list below and you’ll find mu­si­cals, com­edy, drama and works that are fa­mil­iar and some that are new. One thing is for sure – there will be some­thing avail­able that will please you.


Sept. 7 - The Gin­ger­bread Lady, Al­bany Civic The­atre, Al­bany

Sept. 7 - The Dec­o­ra­tor, The­atre Barn, NewLe­banon

Sept. 13- Biloxi Blues, Cur­tain Call The­atre, Latham

Sept. 14 - The Long Week­end, Lake The­ater, Lake Ge­orge

Sept. 15- HIR, Shake­speare & Com­pany, Lenox, Mass.

Sept. 20 - Catas­tro­phe Car­ni­vale, Troy Foundry, Gash­older Build­ing, Troy

Sept. 21 - In The Heights, SLOC, Sch­enec­tady

Sept. 25 - The Royale, Cap­i­tal Rep, Al­bany


Oct. 3 - The Glass Menagerie, Bar­ring­ton Stage Co., Pitts­field, Mass

Oct. 4. – Al­ways… Patsy Cline. Park Play­house at Co­hoes Mu­sic Hall, Co­hoes

Oct. 9 - Anas­ta­sia, Proc­tors, Sch­enec­tady

Oct. 12 - Mad Woman of Chail­lot, Sch­enec­tady Civic The­atre, Sch­enec­tady

Oct. 23 - A Bronx Tale, Proc­tors, Sch­enec­tady

Oct. 25. – Ev­ery Bril­liant Thing, Cur­tain Call The­atre, Latham


Nov 1. Mil­lion Dol­lar Quar­tet, Park Play­house at Co­hoes Mu­sic Hall

Nov. 2 - Glo­ria, Al­bany Civic The­atre, Al­bany

Nov 13. - Grease, SLOC, Sch­enec­tady

Nov. 27. – Miss Ben­nett: Christ­mas at Pem­ber­ley, Cap­i­tal Rep, Al­bany

Nov. 29 - Com­edy of Tenors, Cur­tain Call, Latham


Dec. 5. - Dr. Suess’ The Grinch, Proc­tors, Sch­enec­tady

Dec 7 - A Christ­mas Story, Home Made The­atre, Saratoga Springs

Dec 7. - Look­ing at Christ­mas, Sch­enec­tady Civic Play­ers, Sch­enec­tady

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