01/23/14 3:00pm
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO  |  rehearse a scene from 'Steel Magnolias,'

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO |  North Fork Community Theatre presents ‘Steel Magnolias’ Fridays through Sunday until Feb. 2.

“Steel Magnolias” is one of those plays inevitably, eventually, produced by most community theaters. This is no huge surprise; if it’s done well, Robert Harling’s glimpse into the private world of six Southern women is both funny and heartbreaking. (more…)

11/21/13 12:46pm
Photo by Barbaraellen Koch | April Keogh (from left), Marion Stark and Marguerite Volonts in a scene from the musical comedy 'Nunsense."

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch | April Keogh (from left), Marion Stark and Marguerite Volonts in a scene from the musical comedy ‘Nunsense.”

The show must go on. This tradition illuminates the perseverance and work ethic of theater folk. When Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre found itself temporarily evicted from its home stage at Riverhead High School due to construction, members tapped their improvisational skills (in more ways than one) and, for the first time in the company’s history, rented another stage — at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall. As president Glenn Abramowitz declares in program notes for “Nunsense,” “but what a stage this is.” With its intimate ambiance and acoustics designed for an era without the dubious benefit of electronic sound enhancement, the historic hall is a delightful venue for RFTC’s exceptional production. (more…)

11/16/13 10:00am
Photo by Katharine Schroeder | "Hay Fever" continues at Northeast Stage Nov. 15, 16 and 17.

Photo by Katharine Schroeder | “Hay Fever” continues at Northeast Stage Nov. 15, 16 and 17.

Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever,” a farcical comedy of manners written in 1924 and set in an English country house, may not be one of the playwright’s most popular works, but it certainly seems to be an oft-produced one. Since its 1925 London debut, it has enjoyed numerous revivals, including two on Broadway. Northeast Stage adds to this mix its own take on the Coward comedy, presented over two weekends at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greenport. (more…)

11/08/13 8:00am
‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,’

Photo by Katharine Schroeder | “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at the North Fork Community Theatre.

The stages of the relationship between a man and a woman are excellent fodder for both comedy and tragedy. Looking for love, meeting, dating, sex, marriage, children, old age — these are universal experiences mined to perfection and dissected with wise humor in the hilarious musical sketch comedy, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” the current offering at North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck. (more…)