Rich Mehrenberg was introduced to the magic of theater when he played "The Boy" in his first grade class production of "The Giving Tree". It has been a long term love affair ever since. He enjoys being both on stage and in the audience of Central Pennsylvania theaters and beyond.
Only a week ago, in my review of The Mousetrap, I praised the Fulton in their decision to bring a drama back to the mainstage. I will now 'double-down', and share how much fun it was to attend a musical in their intimate fourth floor theater.BWW Review: THE MOUSETRAP at Fulton Theatre January 19, 2018
Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap marks the welcomed return of drama to the Fulton Theater's mainstage. For far too long, the company has produced one big, splashy musical comedy after another. It is good for a theater to have some variety, something different now and then, and The Mousetrap fits the bill.BWW Review: TRUE WEST at Susquehanna Stage Company January 14, 2018
Considering it only has four characters and one setting, Sam Shepherd's True West has a lot going on. It is a show about the creative process, sibling rivalry and an exploration of the idea that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. The show is a character study, it has moments of great intensity, and moments of absurd humor. It is a difficult show to pull off, yet Susquehanna Stage Company hits all the right notes.BWW Review: SOMETHING'S AFOOT at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater January 12, 2018
Community, belonging, family-these are three words many people use to describe their experience with community theatre. In the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Gettysburg Community Theatre that sense of family is literal. One family has three generations represented on stage--Pat and Dave Conklin, their daughter and son-in-law Carrie and Greg Trax, and their daughters Tessa and Audrey Trax. Before opening night of Joseph, some of the family members were trying to recall when they started performing. Third grader Audrey Trax traced her stage experience back to when she was three years old. For Audrey and Tessa's grandmother, Pat, the answer was easy, as this performance of Joseph is her debut performance.BWW Interview: Jennifer Hope of SOMETHING'S AFOOT at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater December 23, 2017
BroadwayWorld of Central PA recently interviewed Jennifer Hope who is playing Miss Tweed in Dutch Apple's upcoming production of 'Something's Afoot' opening January 11, 2018. Check out the video below!BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at EPAC December 8, 2017
There's no place like home and there's no place like the Ephrata Performing Arts Center for the holiday season. EPAC sidesteps the glut of 'A Christmas Carol' productions performed at community theaters this time of year, and instead, puts on Decembers shows that are big, fun, and targeted for the entire family.BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater November 18, 2017
Dutch Apple's production of White Christmas is a great night of theater for those wishing for some nostalgic memories of holidays from long ago. Simply put, If the Ghost of Christmas Past had a favorite musical, this would be it.BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Fulton Theatre November 17, 2017
AMY MARIE MCCLEARY (Director/Choreographer) is currently a resident director/choreographer for Prather Entertainment Group where she has performed, directed and choreographed for the past twelve years. Most recently, she choreographed the new national tour of The Wizard of Oz with Apex Touring. At the Dutch Apple she has directed and choreographed Cats, Hairspray, 9 to 5 and I Love A Piano.BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD at Ephrata Performing Arts Center October 28, 2017
Sean Young and Bobbi Bear play Sweeney Todd and his partner in crime, Mrs Lovett. Young's singing and speaking voice has a clear deep register that is especially adept in expressing menace. Bear's voice and demeanor is complimentary with a more energetic, bubbly quality. The pair have good chemistry together.BWW Interview: Director, Jack Hartman of FRANKENSTEIN at The Belmont Theatre October 7, 2017
When was the last time you rented a car? Did Hertz immediately swap keys for your credit card, no questions asked? I doubt it. Instead, I bet you had to first initial and sign a substantial amount of paperwork.BWW Review: DOUBT at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center September 8, 2017
A long time ago, my drama professor told me that 'the surest sign of a good play is that you leave the theater thinking about something other than where you parked your car'. This particular quote nicely summarizes the strengths of Doubt, playing through September 16th at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center.