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THEATER - Fall 2012 Preview

THEATER - Fall 2012 Preview

Gazette theater writer Carol King gives her Best Best for this fall. At left: “The Love List,” runni

The Theater Barn on Route 20 in New Lebanon is presenting “The Little Dog Laughed” Sept. 7 through 23. The last show I saw there, “The All American Trailer Park Musical,” was a theatrical gem and I expect no less of this next show.

Berkshire Theater Group is presenting “The Puppet Master of Lodz” Sept. 13 through Oct. 7. It’s the story of a puppet master who, having escaped Auschwitz prison, has hidden himself in an attic, preparing to tell the story of his life through puppetry. It is being presented on the 122-seat Unicorn stage in Stockbridge, Mass. — a theater I love.

After running “Dr. Ruth, All the Way” for 36 performances last summer, Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass., is reprising the show this fall, from Sept. 19 through Oct. 7. It tells the story of the famous TV sex therapist, from the little girl who fled Nazi Germany on the Kinder Transport to her current fame.

If you haven’t checked out Lake George Dinner Theater yet, I would do so this season. Our reviewer, Paul Lamar, gave it excellent points both for its food and for the current show, “The Love List” which runs through Oct. 20.

C-R Productions in Cohoes does fabulous work, and their production of the perennial favorite “Hello, Dolly!” (Nov. 1-11) should be smashing fun. Costumes will undoubtedly be glorious.

Home Made Theater is presenting “The Wizard of Oz” from Dec. 7-16. The story of Dorothy, her dog, Toto, and all the wonderful characters who inhabit the strange and magical land could be a winner for the entire family.

Schenectady Light Opera Company should do very well with its production of that edgy little musical “Little Shop of Horrors” Dec. 7-16. Don’t forget about their new location, 427 Franklin St., in downtown Schenectady.

Also downtown, Schenectady’s Proctors is presenting the Classic Theater Guild’s production of “A Christmas Story” Dec. 14-23. I have not seen the play, but I have always enjoyed the Jean Shepherd movie.

— Carol King, Gazette theater reviewer

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