Area Theaters are Bursting Into Fall with Special Shows and Great Packages

Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham has ushered in its Fall season with a series of specials and special packages. The Full Monty winds up its run this holiday weekend. They are also introducing the resident company in a production entitled Showstoppers which will be playing throughout the month of September. The review highlights some of the season’s “stars” but mainly offers the chorus performers a chance to shine. Mac-Haydn regular Gabe Belyeu continues his one-man concert, A Call to Places through the month. Patrons can purchase packages of two productions to save 25% off standard pricing, or three shows and save 30% off regular priced tickets. Those attending the Columbia County Fair may bring their fair ticket or proof of Fair entry one hour before any performance through the 4th and receive $15 off their walk-up ticket.

For more information on these contact the Mac-Haydn box office at 518-392-9292 or online at www.machaydntheatre.org.

Meanwhile. Back in Albany, Capital Repertory Theatre is presenting the first of what they hope will be an annual event entitled Pearl Side Community Arts Festival from Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 12th

Produced by theREP, and in partnership with Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY, African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Troy Foundry Theatre, and Albany Center Gallery, this five-day festival is FREE and open to the public and will feature theatre productions, specifically commissioned for the festival; visual arts, including the creation of a community mural; African drumming; poetry, including a slam contest (with monetary prizes) hosted by D. Colin; Story Hour sessions with Barbara Howard, Jizabell Lee and the RED Bookshelf; and an Open Mic where the community can let their light – and talents – shine on theREP’s mainstage. This event is free, no tickets are necessary.

Playhouse Stage is readying their 35th season kick-off in October with Assassins at The Cohoes Music Hall. A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Stephen Sondheim’s stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it. Check out their website at www.playhousestage.org for more details and a full list of their 35th anniversary season.

Curtain Call Theatre in Latham opens its 30th season with Founder Carol Max directing Tiny Houses. Tiny Homes are all the rage! Here is a comedy filled with lovable idiosyncratic characters, each on a quest to find a place to call home. A surprising view about what happens when the world shrinks. More info on their season can be found online at www.curtaincalltheatre.com 

Harbinger Theatre at Albany Barn, 56 2nd Street in Albany begins its fall season on September 2st1 when director-and-founder Patrick White puts his performers through their paces in Andy and the Orphans. Tickets for Andy… are $15. and may be purchased at the door or online at www.actingclasswithpatrickwhite.net 

Theater throughout the region continues to make a comeback after our long dark silence. This is just a sampling of what’s available in the coming weeks. Plan early and get it on your calendar. It remains imperative for the survival of all of these venues and many others throughout the region that patrons turn out to support them.  Whether community theatre, semi-professional, or full-on professional equity productions every one of these groups lives only by and for your support. Please do your part and support area theatre.

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