Theater Barn readies six shows (two area premieres) for 2016

Scene from 2014's "You Should be so Lucky" at the Theater Barn.

Scene from 2014’s “You Should be so Lucky” at the Theater Barn.

The Theater Barn in New Lebanon, New York opens for the Summer on Friday, June 24th beginning its 2016 season with the show biz comedy Don’t Talk to the Actors by Tom Dudzick. Get ready for manipulation, diva-like behavior, and chaos that provide plenty of great laughs. Following the show the audience will be invited to stay for a complementary wine and hors d’oeuvres reception with the cast and crew to kick off the company’s exciting 33rd Season. The 2016 season features two area premieres, lots of laughs, great music and their always popular Agatha Christie mystery.

Summer-Fall Season 2016

June 24 – July 3
Don’t Talk to the Actors Written by Tom Dudzick

This farce has been called “A love song to the theater, laugh out loud funny, witty and delightful.” A young playwright from Buffalo, New York is suddenly swept up in the whirlwind of New York’s theater scene when his play is optioned for Broadway. He soon finds himself hilariously in over his head dealing with egocentric actors.

July 7 – July 24
Towards Zero Written by Agatha Christie

Lady Tressilian, an old and humorless widow, invites several guests into her seaside home of Gull’s Point for two weeks at the end of summer. Events become sinister when Lady Tressilian is killed and Superintendent Battle, who is on holiday nearby at the home of his nephew, finds himself in a labyrinthine maze of clues and deception. Theater Barn loves their Christie mysteries.

July 28 – August 7
Forever Plaid Written by Stuart Ross

This deliciously fun show is chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch perfect melodies! The “Plaids” are a guaranteed smash hit with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that will keep the audiences rolling in the aisles, when they’re not humming along to some of the greatest nostalgic pop tunes of the 1950’s.

August 11 – August 21
Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, The Allan Sherman Musical

A zany cast of characters are woven into this merry musical about the lives of Barry Bockman and his beloved, Sarah Jackman. The show highlights the satirical song parodies for which Allan Sherman was most famous, including the Grammy Award winning song “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!” and his eight albums.

August 25 – September 4
The Wedding Singer Written by Mathew Sklar, Chad Beguelin, & Tim Herlihy

It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, the show is composed of ’80s pop hits that will leave you singing and dancing in the aisles.

September 9 – September 25
The Cocktail Hour Written by A.R. Gurney

In this comedy by A.R. Gurney the author of Sylvia, a playwright returns home to seek approval of a play he has written about his family only to have his wealthy, proper parents and sister object. Their confrontation takes place during the ritual of cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant.

For reservations and information call 518-794-8989 or visit www.tbarn.org Just ten miles from Pittsfield, MA, for GPS directions use: 654 US Rt. 20, or 654 Columbia Pike, New Lebanon, NY 12125. Look for the roadside sign. The theater is set back, off Route 20 with plenty of parking.

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