The lights will come back on again at Curtain Call Theatre.
The Latham-based theater company will reopen for the first time in over a year on May 20 with Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.”
“When we shut down last March, we had three more shows to go in our season,” said Curtain Call founder and producer Carol Max. “So of all those shows, one was in rehearsal and the other two had been cast.” So Max figured “We may as well pick up where we left off.”
“Erma Bombeck” is a one-woman show, coincidentally ideal for a COVID-era production. The iconic humorist Bombeck takes audiences through her journey from homemaker to columnist to feminist. The show will run through June 13.
Following that, the company will hold the Broadway hit “An Act of God,” from July 22 through Aug. 14. It follows God and his devoted angels as they answer questions that have haunted mankind since the beginning of time. The production includes a cast of three.
Seats in the theater will be blocked off so that each party can be socially distanced. Masks will be required at all times and capacity will be limited to 33%, as per New York State venue rules.
“Unfortunately, for now, as we get started we’re hoping more things will open up, so to speak, but our intermissions will not happen. So we’ll go straight through and our beverage, wine and dessert bar will be closed. But we’re hopeful that it will reopen,” Max said.
Curtain Call has not yet announced its full season, however Max said they plan to start up again in mid-September.
“We’re going show by show and see how we do. Because we don’t know, maybe we could up the capacity. No one seems to know,” Max said. “We want to make sure everything’s okay. I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I don’t want to jump the gun so we’re just going to take it slow.”
“We’re prepared for the safety of our patrons and following all the guidelines and we are absolutely hopeful that it’s going to work out.”
Curtain Call is one of few local theater companies that have announced shows this spring. Playhouse Stage Company will host “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” at the Cohoes Music Hall later this month, and two shows this summer in Washington Park, Albany.
While Max has been cautiously optimistic throughout this entire reopening process, she’s really looking forward to seeing the lights come back on at the theater, which has been essentially collecting dust and the occasional cobweb since Curtain Call shut down.
“I thought when we shut down, ‘It’ll only be for a few weeks.’ No one dreamed it was going to be what it was. I’d go in periodically and just sit in the theater seat and stare. It was surreal. But I went in the other day and it was like I’m getting teary-eyed. The magic is going to happen again,” Max said.
Individual ticket prices are $28. The shows will run during the evenings from Thur. – Sat., as well as matinees on Sunday. There will also be one Saturday matinee per show.
For more information, call 518-877-7529. Curtain Call is located at 1 Jeanne Jugan Ln, Latham.
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