It’s A Wonderful Life at The Center

It’s A Wonderful Life at The Center

by Kevin T McEneaney Yes, life, theater, and Christmas can be wonderful! The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck is producing a stage version of Frank Capra’s 1946 classic film, which was a flop at the box office, yet is ...
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Kinky Boots Rocks the House in Rhinebeck

Kinky Boots Rocks the House in Rhinebeck

by Kevin T McEneaney The rollicking punk musical Kinky Boots (2012) by Cindy Lauper is a sold-out sensation at The Center for Performing Arts. Based on the 2005 British film of that name, set in the disappearing Northampton industrial landscape, ...
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Samuel Beckett: Conor Lovett Towers at Hudson Hall

Samuel Beckett: Conor Lovett Towers at Hudson Hall

Samuel Beckett by Kevin T McEneaney The Beckett Trilogy (dramatic monologue excerpts from the novels Molloy, Malone Dies, and the Unnameable) performed by Irish actor Conor Lovett will convince you that Samuel Beckett was (and remains) the greatest writer of ...
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Stephen Sondheim Tribute at Rhinebeck Center

Stephen Sondheim Tribute at Rhinebeck Center

Partriarcho, Crispel, Olson, Sheehy, Boice, Haines, Bradley, Warren, France by Kevin T McEneaney Last year the theater world lost Stephen Sondheim, one of the giants of musical theater. Sondheim was especially gifted in creating both intimate and broadly sweeping conversations ...
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Demons and Lovers at Hudson Hall

Demons and Lovers at Hudson Hall

by Kevin T McEneaney There is a crisis in this country concerning the arts: most people want stories, drama, and poetry to be realistic, aligned with truthful portrayal of life. Such perception strips the arts of essential tools: Allegory, Parable, ...
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Morning’s at Seven with Frank Arcaro

Morning’s at Seven with Frank Arcaro

From left: Jeff Savage, Roger Netzer, Christine Olson, Daniel Basiletti, Jody Bayer by Kevin T McEneaney Some years ago, I saw Director Frank Arcaro’s production of Noël Coward’s 1930 play Private Lives. I was stunned by the production, and thus ...
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Lend Me a Tenor Sings in Rhinebeck

Lend Me a Tenor Sings in Rhinebeck

Cast from left: Bongiorno, Borscheva, McCarthy, Carrothers, Remington, Caviglis, Truin, Hepburn by Kevin T McEneaney First performed in England’s West End, Lend Me a Tenor (1986) by Ken Ludwig underwent a face transplant from black-face to white-face, from employing riffs ...
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The Trojan Women Lament at The Center of Life and Death

The Trojan Women Lament at The Center of Life and Death

The Trojan Women (415 BC) by Euripides is a classic. Not because it belongs to the Greek Classical era, but because after nearly two-and-a-half centuries it stands as the greatest anti-war play ever written. The play needs little in the ...
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Curtains: Hilarity & Song at The Center for Performing Arts

Curtains: Hilarity & Song at The Center for Performing Arts

Cast bow by Kevin T McEneaney When this curtain opens at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, you are in for a remarkable treat! When is the last tine you had a deep, good laugh? How about three or ...
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Really Rosie Rumbles and Rocks at the Center

Really Rosie Rumbles and Rocks at the Center

Curtain Bow by Kevin T McEneaney Really Rosie is a children’s musical with book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak, and music by Carol King, now playing in Rhinebeck at The Center for Performing Arts. Originating as a half hour PBS ...
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