At CRT, murky play attacks big issues

Reviewed by George Basler

Steven Dietz has said “conspiracies are catnip to a playwright” because of the level of obsessiveness and outlandishness for the personalities involved, and because there’s always enough “truth” to ground their actions.

Obsessiveness and outlandishness are certainly on display at the Chenango River Theatre in Greene, which is ending its season with a production of Dietz’s Yankee Tavern, a play about the conspiracy theories and paranoia surrounding the attacks of 9/11. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unappealing protagonists sink ‘Separation Rapid’ at Chenango River Theatre

Reviewed by George Basler

I wish I could say I liked Separation Rapid, which is getting its world premiere at the Chenango River Theatre in Greene. Unfortunately, I can’t.

The professional, non-profit theater company should be given credit for taking the risk of mounting a new work. And the staging is extremely creative in spots as director and set designer Bill Lelbach (who is also CRT’s artistic director) recreates a 20-foot,wooden boat careening down the mighty Colorado River. Read the rest of this entry »

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Top-notch performers create great ‘Of Mice and Men’ at CRT

Reviewed by Nicholas Linnehan      

Coming from New York City, home of some of the best theater in the world, makes you sometimes doubt whether you can see great theater anywhere else. This was my notion as I went to see Chenango River Theater’s production of “Of Mice and Men.” However, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that my notion was false. CRT in Greene offers up a stunning production of this classic play. Read the rest of this entry »