I had the delightful pleasure of going to Syracuse University Drama’s production of the TONY AWARD winning musical of “Avenue Q”. As SU Drama director Brian Cimmet says, “‘A Chorus Line’ isn’t about dancers, it’s about pursuing dreams. ‘Sweeney Todd’ isn’t about eating people, it’s about revenge. And ‘Avenue Q’ isn’t about puppets, monsters, or racism (although the show does deal with these themes using puppets at the forefront of it all). It’s about growing up, learning, teaching and educating. It was the letter ‘a’ and the number four, when we were kids, and it’s tolerance and compassion, when we’re adults. The lessons don’t stop!”
I recently saw The Central New York Playhouse’s newest production of the gritty drama, “Glengarry Glen Ross.” This play is set in Chicago in 1983 with act one in the fall of that year and the second act taking place a week later; telling the story of real estate workers who are trying to compete with one another by getting leads and closing on properties in the neighborhoods of Glengarry and Glen Ross. A robbery is staged in the office and deceit ensues.
“Other Desert Cities,” is notably a play with no curtain. Though what may seem only a matter of imagination soon becomes a coincidence in the powerful themes of a play that not only demands recognition but in a way, expects it.
The musical “Jekyll and Hyde,” put on by the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild at the First Presbyterian Church in Baldwinsville, is a powerful show featuring some excellent design work, direction and beautiful vocal talent.
“Sizwe Banzi is Dead” at Syracuse Stage, is a profound piece of theater, blending the sour notes of history with the exasperation of human desperation and the little joys in actualization through the incredible storytelling of Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona.
“RFK” by Appleseed Productions is a powerhouse performance in its elegant simplicity.