Bridge Street Theatre’s New Mainstage Opens with “The Tavern” [Berkshire on Stage]

September 13th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara

Kane Prestenback as The Vagabond & Louise Pillai as Violet.

Kane Prestenback as The Vagabond & Louise Pillai as Violet.


Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre, the newest addition to the Hudson Valley theater scene, presents the first full production on its new Mainstage — George M. Cohan’s classic, The Tavern, with performances running from Thursday (September 15) through Sunday, September 25.

On a dark and stormy night, a rural inn shelters an unlikely assortment of oddball characters, including a mysterious vagabond who’s almost certainly not what he appears to be. Kane Prestenback stars as The Vagabond with a cast that features some of the finest local talent in the Hudson Valley region – Gabriel James, Lindsay Cahill, Robert Ragaini, Art Skopinsky Louise Pillai, David Smilow, Elisabeth Henry, Alexandra Doggette, Brett Owen, Keith Mueller and Parker Cross.

When The Tavern originally premiered in 1920, it utterly baffled a majority of the critics. But the play was championed by Robert Benchley, who called it “the biggest night in my theatergoing career, for it marked the birth of something new on the stage, a gorgeous insanity from which it is to be hoped the drama as an institution will never recover.” And by Dorothy Parker, who proclaimed it “an entertainment sent from Heaven, via Mr. Cohan.” The play went on to become one of Cohan’s greatest theatrical successes, one in which he toured the provinces for years once the original production had closed.

Steven Patterson, who helms the current production, previously directed the play to great acclaim to open the 1977 summer season of the Lexington Conservatory Theatre in Lexington. Now, in 2016, Bridge Street Theatre is delighted to share this unique celebration of the joy of theater devised by a titan of 20th century American entertainment with a whole new audience in a gorgeous new performance venue.

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