Review and photograph by Susan Brink
They came slowly into the theater, leaning into each other, dressed in their finest, recalling a time when people dressed for the theater. They came in their new age finery, with a look of both gravitas and excitement, and they came from as far away as Quebec City, a look of joy on their faces. They really were here, at Proctors in Schenectady.
The Main Stage was set with a very small table and a very large blue club chair. The audience had taken their seats amidst pre-show chatter, when the air became electric – people leaped to their feet applauding, some eyes misting, Miss Shirley MacLaine had quietly taken the stage. The ovation built as she took in her audience, moving with the grace of a dancer and evoking old Hollywood glamour.