Who says you can't see good theater on Long Island?
Who says only shows listed in
The N.Y. Times
theater guide are worth watching?
On Halloween night we attended a play at the Broadhollow Theater in Farmingdale. It was a fitting play for Halloween, because it was a dark, scary play. It was Henry James'
Turn of the Screw.
Two actors, one male and one female, played many roles. The acting was superb and I was truly frightened. We have seen other plays at this theater and they are indeed professional. We saw the play
Art, which we missed on Broadway and it was excellent.
Last Sunday, we traveled all the way to Bellmore to see a production of
Guys and Dolls. It was in a converted movie house and the stage was rather small. To our surprise, the theater was packed. Many local groups had purchased group tickets and seniors (of which there were many) were charged $15. The singing was wonderful and the voices were strong and true.
Guys and Dollsis a theater classic and it was given a hearty and marvelous treatment by the cast.
While I am mentioning theater, I should state that about three months ago we went to the John Engemann Theater in Northport to see
Lend Me A Tenor. The comedy was uproarious and very professional.
The truth of the matter is, that going to see a live performance is just a few dollars more than going to your local movie theater. A live production has so much more vitality and spontaneity that it is worth the time spent and the price to view it.
By the way, my son, Gregg Greenberg, columnist for Thirtyish appearing in this newspaper, has written and produced a live play called
Clemenza and Tessio Are Dead. It is now running for a limited engagement in New York City. Tickets are available at www.smarttix.com. If you have enjoyed his column, perhaps you will enjoy the play.
I hope I have proven my point that not only Broadway and Hollywood are capable of presenting good theater. Drama, comedy and musicals can be seen and enjoyed all over the metropolitan area, off-Broadway.