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“The unCivil War”: A Bluegrass Musical Comedy, Cabaret Style [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, June 24th, 2016
The cabaret show features J. Robert Spencer as Lincoln and Brian Charles Rooney as Mary Todd

The cabaret show features J. Robert Spencer as Lincoln and Brian Charles Rooney as Mary Todd

At the Wood Theater in Glens Falls, the Adirondack Theatre Festival’s 22nd summer season continues this weekend with its cabaret series featuring the return of The unCivil War in a special concert performance. This special event will feature an updated script and score, with changes made based on reactions of ATF audiences from last summer’s performance, complete with multiple new songs and scenes. The concert performances will be held at 7:30pm on Sunday and Monday (June 26 & 27).

150 years after the final gunshot, the Civil War’s six lone survivors grab their banjos, washboards and what’s left of their sanity to retell the story of the infamous conflict…as it really happened. Complete with singing, dancing, outrageous humor and biting historical satire, The unCivil War is a wild, bluegrass-fueled ride that re-examines one of the country’s darkest moments and sheds a hilarious new light on the leaders we’ve long considered heroes.

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Adirondack Theatre Festival Announces 2016 Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Carner & Gregor Cabaret

Sam Carner and Derek Gregor

The Adirondack Theatre Festival has announced its 22nd season – the second for Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz, who will again bring an entire season of major new works to ATF including two new musicals, magic cabaret and a play. After a record-breaking season of sold-out performances last year, the 2016 season will expand by one week with performances running from June 21–August 13 at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls.

Tickets: With ATF’s popular Subscription Package, season subscribers can use their tickets for any show, any time. Subscribers can use one ticket for each performance or all tickets for one performance. Ticket reservations can be changed to any performance without any exchange fees. If a subscriber is out of town for a performance, they can see another show twice or give their ticket to a friend. Subscribers also have the opportunity to reserve their favorite seats first before single tickets go on sale on April 1.

Here’s the schedule of shows for ATF’s 2016 season:

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Mentalist Max Major Reads Minds at Adirondack Theatre Festival [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
Max Major can be a pretty amazing guy, and promises to amaze his audiences at the Adirondack Theatre Festival.

Max Major can be a pretty amazing guy and promises to amaze his audiences at the Adirondack Theatre Festival.

The Adirondack Theatre Festival continues its 21st summer season with its “Mind-blowing Entertainment” as it presents Think Again: An Evening of Mind Reading & Magic. Renowned mentalist Max Major is in Glens Falls to develop his latest theatrical production that will premiere tonight (Tuesday, August 4) with ATF before it tours across the country. Performances will be held at the Charles R. Wood Theater in downtown Glens Falls at 7:30pm nightly through Friday (August 7). Tickets are $26-$40 and are available at the Wood Theater Box Office, online at, or by calling (518) 480-4878.

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Adirondack Theatre Festival Has Fresh Direction with Bluegrass, Rock & Kid’s Comedy [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, May 15th, 2015
Three of the planned shows: (l to r) Kalamazoo, The UnCivil Wars, J. Robert Spencer.

Three of the planned shows: (l to r) “Kalamazoo,” “The UnCivil Wars,” J. Robert Spencer.

As the Adirondack Theatre Festival begins its 21st season, it also has fresh new direction as it enters its third decade. 2015 is the first season under the festival’s new producing artistic director, Chad Rabinovitz, who has overseen and incubated many new plays at the helm of the Bloomington IN Playwrights Project. That enterprise grew and greatly expanded under his leadership. He also has a history of working with magicians, among them Washington, D.C. mentalist Max Major, who is planning to further develop his new stage show this summer at ATF.

In addition to magic being in the air, there is also a comedy about a wild-oats-sowing older couple, a rock musical about memory, a bluegrass Civil War musical starring an original Broadway Jersey Boy and a reading of a script by veterans of “The Simpsons” – including Homer himself. The selection of offerings is a happy blend of edgy contemporary theater works on crowd-pleasing themes, all to be staged this summer in Glens Falls at the Adirondack Theatre Festival.

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New Leadership, Fresh Approach as Adirondack Theatre Festival Unveils Daring 21st Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Spun is a high-octane musical that weaves together the memories of siblings with comedy, wit, and rock.

“Spun” is a high-octane musical that weaves together the memories of siblings with comedy, wit and rock.

By Larry Murray

There’s a wonderful summer ahead for those who live in the Glens Falls/Lake George area as the Adirondack Theatre Festival’s new producing artistic director Chad Rabinovitz lays out his inaugural season for this fine company. Frankly, it’s a stunningly ambitious and diverse array of shows that he is planning. Berkshire on Stage has plans to preview and/or review several of them. You know how you sometimes get the feeling of something special in the air? Its siren call is clearly at work here.

As the new guy, Rabinovitz emphasized that he will continue the vital and longstanding mission of ATF to champion the presentation of new and contemporary works. Says Rabinovitz: “The company will continue to focus on the development and production of new works, offering experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in the world – only in Glens Falls. With a team of top-level professional artists, ATF’s 21st season will be entirely new plays and musicals.” While our whole region is known for its ground-breaking work in these areas, Glens Falls might be added to Pittsfield and Williamstown as cities where Broadway producers scour the boonies for new shows. The ATF season will run from June 23–August 7 at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls.

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Adirondack Theatre Festival Plans Four Major Plays for its 20th Season in Glens Falls [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Adirondack Theatre Festival

Adirondack Theatre Festival (ATF) celebrates its 20th anniversary with a collection of shows and a team of professional artists honoring ATF’s past, present and future. Performances will be June 24 – August 2 at the Charles R. Wood Theater, 207 Glen Street, in downtown Glens Falls, NY.

A 20-Year History Built on a Crazy Dream

In 1994, a group of theatre professionals from NYC had what many said was a crazy idea: create a fully professional summer theatre in the Glens Falls/Lake George region of upstate New York. Starting a nonprofit professional theatre company hiring actors from NYC and across the country in a town with a population of 14,600 is crazy enough, but ATF’s founders upped the ante when they announced ATF would not produce the proven titles that usually appear on summer stages, but instead embrace the excitement, adventure and risk of new and contemporary shows. Their dream was embraced by enthusiastic audiences, business people, civic leaders and today ATF celebrates its 20th year. The dream has become a reality.

Since its founding, ATF has launched 19 world premieres (many of which have gone onto receive productions in NYC, across the country and internationally). These include “Murder for Two” (currently running Off-Broadway), “It Goes Without Saying,” “Mimi Le Duck,” “Barbara’s Blue Kitchen” and “Fully Committed.” The new play development process succeeds at ATF by engaging the audience as active participants in the process through readings, post-show discussions, open rehearsals and “meet the writer” events. ATF has also brought many Off-Broadway, Broadway, and regional theatre hits to its stage so local audiences could experience them. These include “Next to Normal,” “Avenue Q,” “Black Tie,” “Altar Boyz” and “Stones in His Pockets.” For a full list of past ATF productions and premieres, visit

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Broadway Veterans Bring “Avenue Q” to Adirondack Theatre Festival, July 25 – Aug. 3 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
Puppet Filled Musical for Adults – Avenue Q – Lands on Glen Street in Glens Falls

Puppet-Filled Musical for Adults – “Avenue Q” – Lands on Glen Street in Glens Falls

Adirondack Theatre Festival’s summer season continues with AVENUE Q – the smash-hit Broadway musical about real life, as told by a cast of people and puppets through a hilariously irreverent, Tony Award-winning book and score. Onstage July 25 – August 3 at the Charles R. Wood Theater, 207 Glens Street in downtown Glens Falls.

Tickets are going fast (less than 900 remain for the two-week run) and may be purchased online at, over the phone at (518)874-0800 or in person at the theater’s box office.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, AVENUE Q tells the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who moves to NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. The only apartment he can afford is way out on Avenue Q, where everyone’s looking for the same things he is: a decent job, a stable relationship, and a “purpose.” He meets the girl next door, a Republican, an internet sexpert, Gary Coleman, Lucy the Slut (need we say more?) and many other colorful types who help him embrace the ups and downs of city life and realizes that “the real world” isn’t so bad, after all!

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“Heartbreaker: Two Months with Judy Garland” in Glens Falls, NY [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, June 24th, 2013
“Heartbreaker” Stars Broadway’s Christine Andreas.

“Heartbreaker” Stars Broadway’s Christine Andreas.

Glens Falls, NY: The Adirondack Theatre Festival (ATF) kicks off its 19th summer season with the world premiere of Heartbreaker: Two Months with Judy Garland by John Meyer. This new musical is on stage at the Charles R. Wood Theater (207 Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls) on June 26th‐29 and July 3, 5 and 6 at 7:30pm. Opening night is Thursday, June 27. There is a matinee performance on Wednesday, July 3 at 2pm. Tickets are available at the Wood Theater Box Office, online at or by phone at (518)874‐0800.

Inspired by John Meyer’s memoir of the same name, Heartbreaker focuses on the two months John Meyer spent getting to know troubled Hollywood star Judy Garland. This true, first‐hand account sheds new light into the star’s troubled life and penchant for self‐destruction. Funny and touching with a hint of drama, this show gives the audience an intimate look into Garland and Meyer’s time together, including sharing his childhood bedroom at John’s parents’ home, singing at nightclubs in London, and many adventures in between. Included in the show are some of Meyer’s songs, such as “I Want to Hate Myself in the Morning,” which Garland sang on national TV.

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