J. Peter B. at Steepletop in 2007 (I still think I look like this!!)
There is a relief and a let-down at the same time once Labor Day rolls around. The summer theatre season is done and only a handful of production companies are still offering new things to see (A list is in the the box below.) New friends - those plays and musicals that had impact - have moved away and filling the holes they leave behind is difficult.
Luckily there are compatriots to talk with, compare notes and even rip open the well-kept secret packages we've not spoken about before now. A production that struck a chord unveils a symphony of recollections. The show we've hated the most takes on a paler shade of grey as we try to recall what so turned us off. Theater has a soul all its own and it is wide and deep and never devoid of interest, even in conversation. That is the thing that makes it so special, so cherished.
Each season it is up to different companies to create the lure that pulls me into another building in another town to witness another miracle of invention that entertains. That's why I go - to see and discover and enjoy.
Keep in touch; visit often; go to the theater!!
Coming Soon Watch this space for Things to focus on:
An Iliad at Shakespeare and Company
Little Shop of Horrors at the Ghent Playhouse
GRINDER'S STAND at the Bridge Street Theater in Catskill
Holy Laughter - a WAM Theatre Production at Barrington Stage Company
and there'll be much, much more
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