NEW LEBANON – The Theater Barn announces that season 38 will open with major American playwright and author David Mamet. Boston Marriage is no ordinary mamet play featuring powerful ruthless male characters like his 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross or his play American Buffalo, which is currently being revived on Broadway. Instead, Mamet transports us to a late-Victorian parlor in turn-of-the-century Boston, where we witness the slanderous wit of its female heroines, Anna and Claire. Mamet brings his signature sharp dialogue and impeccable storyline to this wickedly funny comedy. Join us on June 3rd and stay for an opening gala of hors d’oeurves and drinks with the cast and crew of Boston Marriage.
The annual tradition continues at the ‘Barn with Dame Agatha Christie’s Murder and Mayhem as the ‘Barn hosts another Berkshire premiere. Christie fans will be thrilled to see the very last stage play she ever wrote, Fiddlers Three. Critics claim her play, written in 1972, relegated the classic who-done-it thriller to black comedy realms. The first of three musicals is a rousing rock musical, Murder Ballad, directed by Juliana Nash and Julia Jordan. Murder Ballad is a steamy and hilariously hilarious thriller with razor sharp edge, and also a territory premiere. Then, The ‘Barn brings back these fun-loving plaids to sing tight harmonies, pay a hysterical tribute to Ed Sullivan, and have you hum along on a nostalgic ’50s road trip in Forever Plaid. The final musical promises to be fun for all ages as abandoned, gentle flower assistant Seymour Krelbourn delivers a powerful message in Little Shop of Horrors: “Don’t feed plants.” Rounding out the season is Theater Barn veteran and fan favorite Kathleen Carey in Willy Russell’s one-woman comedy Shirley Valentine. Carey is a regional actor and a Berkie Award winner for Best Actress as Margie in the ‘Barn’s production of Good People.
Since 1984, The Theater Barn has had a tradition of producing quality, family-friendly plays, comedy, mystery and musicals from Broadway and beyond at an affordable price. This year, matinees will continue on select summer days at 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays, and Saturday matinees at 4:00 p.m. will continue throughout the fall. There are additional performances for this year’s Agatha Christie at 7:00 p.m. Sundays and 7:00 p.m. the second Wednesday. Tickets are $32-$35, and a 6-show concession ticket is $175. The theater is air-conditioned and has accessible seating following CDC recommendations that masks must be worn in the theater and vaccination verification is required for all visitors. For a complete listing of performance times and to order tickets, visit www.thetheaterbarn.org or call the box office at 518-794-8989. MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover are accepted.