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Thursday, October 27, 2011

last call for some theater

In this area most theater runs are about three weeks and that usually means three weekends. There is an exception. Lake George Dinner Theater opens in June and runs to Oct. 29 That's a bit over five months. That is longer than some shows run on Broadway.

A problem can be with a long run there is no urgency to see the show because you think you have plenty of time. If you haven't noticed Oct. 29 is Saturday. It's kind of last call.

"Skin Deep" is a show I can recommend to anyone. It's funny, touching, smart and well performed. It is about people who feel like outsiders who - in this case because of their weight, but it could be any imagined flaw - deny themselves love. The happy ending is well deserved.

"Skin Deep" isn't the only play closing this weekend. "Hair" the 60s rock musical at Home Made Theater in Saratoga closes a three weekend run after the Sunday matinee. I found some problems with the authenticity of most of the performers but the score remains fantastic and the cast sings it well.

This is also the final weekend for "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" playing at the Arts Center in Saratoga. If you are looking for mindless entertainment you have found the right show. It's everything the title suggests. It's silly campy fun. It has a good score that is well sung and at 90-minutes length it doesn't tax your brain in the slightest.

If you prefer a timely show - what could be better on a Halloween weekend than a musical "Zombie Prom" - especially when the show is offered free of charge. Sunday is the final performance. It's at the Shenendahowa HS East in Clifton Park.

Another Sunday losing is perhaps the biggest name of all. It's the national tour of "La Cage Aux Folles" at Proctors Theatre starring George Hamilton. It's a fun show that expresses some important values about love and family. It has a number of great songs and a lot of laughs.

Not every show closes this weekend, nor is every show frivolous fun. At Curtain Call Theatre in Latham their production of"The Diary of Ann Frank" plays until Nov. 9. It's the definitive play about the Holocaust and when seen through the innocent eyes of a young girl the tale remains touching and meaningful

This is the last weekend for a lot of good shows. But if you can't go to something, too bad. But one of the best things about this area for going to theater - you can be sure another good show will be opening soon.


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