Friday, July 4, 2008

Summer Theatre in Southern Vermont

Summer is off to a great start! The days have been warm and the nights cool and the activities are abounding. There is a lot of great summer theater in our area if you are a theater buff like I am.

I have some friends with whom it has become a summer tradition for us to go to a series of plays at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Williamstown is about 40 minutes south of us and always has a "star" or two on its roster each year, so it is fun to pick out the actors we have seen before. Right now Cambell Scott is starring in The Atheist and has been getting rave reviews. You can check out their schedule at www.wtfestival.org.

Also to the south of us, just outside of Bennington, the Oldcastle Theatre puts on some great plays - right now The Grass Is Greener has gotten some great reviews ("Brilliant" says the Albany Times) in a nice, intimate theatre. Their schedule can be found at http://www.oldcastletheatreco.org/.

To our north, the Dorset Theatre Festival has been active for many years putting on plays in their old (now new) barn theatre. Starting this weekend they will be having A.R. Gurney's The Dining Room, which I am very interested in seeing, since it got great reviews in its off-Broadway production. Their schedule is at http://www.dorsettheatrefestival.org/.

The Weston Playhouse is also a long-running summer theatre spot in a wonderful old theatre. Right now Doubt is playing, which is a Tony Award winning play - that I would like to see as well. They are even putting on Les Miserables later this summer, which shows how ambitious they are! Their schedule can be found at http://www.westonplayhouse.org/.

This, of course, does not even include all of the outdoor productions that are popping up all over the place. So, if you are interested in visiting a beautiful place and getting your theatre on - we are it!

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