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Rich Mehrenberg

Rich Mehrenberg

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.




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Review: FOR COLORED BOYZ at Fulton Theatre
September 19, 2022

it will get you talking and get you thinking. It will stay with you. Theater on Fulton's 4th floor is often more complex, more intense, and more thought-provoking than what is performed on the main stage. Past shows such as Blackbird, Sweat, and I Am My Own Wife are perfect examples of this mission. However, their current production of FOR COLORED BOYZ on the verge of a nervous breakdown/ when freedom ain't enuff takes those expectations to a whole new level.

Review: KINKY BOOTS at Fulton Theatre
September 18, 2022

Kinky Boots is a show about acceptance, friendship, and making the best of a situation when faced with adversity.  Fulton’s current production exemplifies all of those facets and makes for a great night of theater.

Review: JOLENE: A DOLLY PARTON SONG CYCLE at Open Stage Of Harrisburg
September 11, 2022

Who doesn’t love Dolly Parton?

Review: AMADEUS at EPAC
September 11, 2022

With a performance that is complex, compelling, and sympathetic, Weinhold proves why he is among the biggest talents on the Central Pennsylvanian stage.

Review: THE ODD COUPLE-THE FEMALE VERSION at Little Theatre Of Mechanicsburg
September 6, 2022

What did our critic think of THE ODD COUPLE-THE FEMALE VERSION at Little Theatre Of Mechanicsburg? Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg puts a new spin on an old favorite with their recent production of The Odd Couple-The Female Version. The classic comedy by Neil Simon, tells the story of bickering roommates, lifelong friendships, and second chances. Nancy Meister stars as the messy and carefree Oliver Madison-a woman long on sports knowledge and short on patience. Andrea Stephenson plays the uptight, fussbudget, Felicia Unger.

Feature: FREEKBASS AND THE BUMP ASSEMBLY at XL Live Harrisburg, PA
August 22, 2022

XL Live in Harrisburg was taken over by the crunchy sounds of Freekbass and the Bump Assembly on Friday. This Cincinnati funk band put on a great show for the small but appreciative crowd. The group played tune after tune that were slick, tight and ready for a party.

Review: CHICAGO at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
August 13, 2022

Dutch Apple celebrates the jazz age in their newest production of Chicago. Although the playbill references a cast of 22, the orchestra is the true star of this show. The ten-piece ensemble is bold and brassy. They are placed prominently and permanently onstage with good reason. They serve as the engine that propels the story.

Review: THE ELEPHANT MAN at The Belmont Theatre
August 8, 2022

A powerful and thoughtful drama that questions the concept of normalcy. Currently on Belmont Theater's stage is a challenging, yet rewarding production of The Elephant Man. The play, like the film, concerns nineteenth-century, London doctor, Fredrick Treves and his attempts to bring dignity and normalcy to the severely disfigured, John Merrick.

Interview: Logan Floyd of CHICAGO at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
August 6, 2022

Broadway World talks with Dutch Apple's Velma Kelly.

Review: THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL at EPAC
July 30, 2022

What did our critic think of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL at EPAC?

Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
July 18, 2022

What did our critic think? Dutch Apple’s production of The Little Mermaid will be loved by kids, but if you are older than ten, it probably won’t be “part of your world”.

Review: JERSEY BOYS at Fulton Theatre
June 30, 2022

What did our critic think of JERSEY BOYS at Fulton Theatre? Jersey Boys made its local premiere at Fulton Theatre recently. While there were certain pandemic related setbacks and obstacles, it was definitely worth the wait. Fulton's production of Jersey Boys is an amazing combination of blockbuster songs, amazing harmonies, and engaging storytelling.

Review: Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE at Ephrata Performing Arts Center
June 18, 2022

The Crucible is a timeless story of the dangers of authority, the problems with the over-reliance of religion, and the value of self-integrity.  EPACs production highlights these themes through an compelling story and a high quality production.

BWW Review: GREAT BALLS OF FIRE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
June 12, 2022

Chances are good that you will also find something to like and might end up dancing in the aisles. The limited run of the show plays now through June 25th. A wop bop a loo bop a wop bam boom!

BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Theatre Harrisburg
June 11, 2022

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is an enjoyable night of entertainment.  Contrary to the show’s title, knowledge of Anton Chekov is not necessary to enjoy the show.  It runs now through June 19th at Krevsky Center in Harrisburg.

BWW Review: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE at Fulton Theater
June 6, 2022

Fulton's newest fourth floor production will definitely make you want to come back for 'Moe'. Five Guys Named Moe is a peppy, cheerful musical dedicated to the music of jazz giant, Louis Jordan. Davon Williams stars as Nomax, a down on his luck fella who would rather spend an evening with the bottle than his best girl.

BWW Review: MAN OF LA MANCHA at Fulton Theatre
May 29, 2022

Sometimes life imitates art in strange and unpredictable ways. On Friday May 27th, I saw Fulton Theatre's production of Man Of La Mancha. For reasons that will soon become clear, my commentary will be presented alongside select lyrics of the show's iconic number, The Impossible Dream.

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Hershey Theatre
May 4, 2022

Dance the night away with Hairspray at Hershey. The musical adaption of the John Waters' film is a celebration of acceptance and individuality. Niki Metcalf stars as vibrant teen, Tracy Turnblad. Metcalf is a joyful performer who exudes confidence. Metcalf has a good voice and uses it to great effect. One minor critique is that while she is a competent dancer, her moves don't really pop like I have seen in other productions. Tracy usually sticks out (in a good way) compared to the other teens, but that just wasn't coming across. Perhaps the flaw lies the choreography, not the dancer?

BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at EPAC
April 30, 2022

Feel free to disagree, but EPAC's current production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is a great example of attempting to create a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
April 23, 2022

Fog machines! Stripper poles! Poop jokes!  This ain’t your Grandma’s dinner theater! Dutch Apple goes outside their comfort zone with the funny and fun musical, Rock of Ages.