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The Daily Gazette's best of 2017: Theater

The Daily Gazette's best of 2017: Theater

Top shows included 'Fun Home,' 'Urinetown,' 'Patsy Cline'
The Daily Gazette's best of 2017: Theater
Molly McGrath (left) and Benita Zahn in Park Playhouse's "Always ... Pasty Cline."
Photographer: Provided

Five best productions, along with some honorable mentions, from Gazette theater reviewers Paul Lamar and Matthew G. Moross:

Paul Lamar

  • “Urinetown” —  Schenectady Light Opera Company, which followed up this sterling January production with a season that also included fine treatments of “Into the Woods,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and “Cabaret.” (Review)
  • “Beautiful” —  Proctors in April. The fast-moving, funny, and informative take on Carole King’s early life. 
  • “Company” — Barrington Stage Company in August. The Sondheim 1970 musical, refreshed by Julianne Boyd, starring a remarkable Aaron Tveit as Bobby. (Review)
  • “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” —  Albany Civic Theater in November. Sarah Ruhl’s thought-provoking piece, superbly directed by Katie Weinberg. (Review)
  • “She Loves Me” — Capital Repertory Theater in November. Magical words, music, story, and production (under Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill’s sparkling direction). (Review)
  • Honorable Mentions: “Doubt” at Schenectady Civic Players (review), “Buyer and Cellar” at Curtain Call Theater (review), ”The Color Purple” at Proctors (review)

Matthew G. Moross

  • “Always ... Patsy Cline” — Park Playhouse at Cohoes Music Hall in October. Fantastic performances from Molly McGrath and Benita Zahn lifted the material to something quite exceptional. Bring it back. (Review)
  • “Grand Concourse” — Albany Civic Theater in February. A smart and thoughtful play about forgiveness well produced and directed by Patrick White. (Review)
  • “Mamma Mia” — Capital Rep in July. Completely entertaining from start to finish featuring a great cast and a superb set. (Review)
  • “The Normal Heart” — Curtain Call in April. A well-acted and well-designed production of a modern classic with fine performances by Kris Anderson, Steven Leifer and Christopher Foster.
  • “Fun Home” — Proctors in October. Moving and relevant, this modern musical about a modern family was the year’s highlight. (Review)

Honorable mentions: “The Sound of Music” at Proctors (photo gallery), “Assisted Loving” at Capital Rep (review), “Children of a Lesser God” — Berkshire Theater Festival (review)

Best of 2017: The full list

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