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MAN OF LA MANCHA – Kentwood Players at Westchester Playhouse

Photo by Shari Barrett

Photo by Shari Barrett

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Although the musical “Man of La Mancha” premiered in 1964, in the current production by Kentwood Players at Westchester Playhouse it feels timeless and yet a balm for today. Read more…

Now running through April 16

A RAISIN IN THE SUN at the Westchester Playhouse

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Instead of seeming dated, Lorraine Hansberry’s classic 1959 two-act “A Raisin in the Sun” is more burnished than ever. Read more…

Now running through February 13

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RAVENSCROFT – Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse

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Photo by Shari Barrett

Dany Margolies – The Daily News

When is an English drawing-room murder mystery not an English drawing-room murder mystery? Or perhaps playwright Don Nigro’s Ravenscroft is not even a murder mystery.Read more…

Now running through October 17.

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS – Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse

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Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

For good reason, playwright Neil Simon has been loved by the theatergoing public for decades. For even better reason, his “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is widely considered to be among his best plays. Read more…

Now running through August 15.

MAME at the Westchester Playhouse

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Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

The rarely revived “Mame” is running at Kentwood Players’ Westchester Playhouse through April 18, and that alone should evoke gratitude. But only the memorably joyous melodies of Jerry Herman’s score, the set, and very few competent performances keep this production from verging on the disastrous. Read more…

Now running through April 18.

ORPHANS at the Westchester Playhouse

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Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

The three actors of Orphans hurl themselves to the floor, barrel across the stage, and bound around with their ankles tied together. Theirs are athletic, fully energized portrayals that turn Kentwood Players’s Westchester Playhouse into a virtual athletic field.
   But their subtle and truthful internalized reactions to their characters’ circumstances, as well as Kentwood’s choice of this brutal yet tender allegory, make this the most daring, exhilarating piece of theater seen on this stage in a long while.
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Now running through Oct. 18.

SORDID LIVES at the Westchester Playhouse

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Photo by Shari Barrett

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Give Kentwood Players credit for mounting this production. Del Shores’ “Sordid Lives,” at Westchester Playhouse through Aug. 16, focuses on social outcasts who ignite ire, if not disgust and even hatred.  Read more…

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Pity the survivors of the late Peggy Ingram, whose bizarre demise is the talk of Winters, Texas. Elder daughter Latrelle drowns her mortification by fighting wildcat sister La Vonda over burying Mama in a ratty mink stole. Sissy, Peggy’s sibling, has more nicotine withdrawal angst than sisterly grief. Read more…

Now running trough August 16.

 

THE HOLLOW at the Westchester Playhouse

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Photo by Shari Barrett

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

This Agatha Christie play might be a classic murder mystery, but the legendary author underpins the script with her perceptiveness about human behavior. As directed by George Kondreck, Kentwood Players’ production, pretty much finds the undercurrents. They flow while the characters spend a long weekend in 1948 at an English country manor, where embers of old loves are fanned into flames—albeit British ones. Read more…

Now running through June 21.

BECKYS NEW CAR at the Westchester Playhouse

Dany Margolies – Arts In LA

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The audience plays an active part in Becky’s New Car, and Becky is very much the hostess of this evening of theater. She greets us immediately, hospitably offers a beverage, and shows us around her world. She also asks for our help, but if her ethics are not our own, our help may be hard to come by. Steven Dietz has penned this play about our need to peek around for greener pastures. Read more…

Now running through February 15.

LEND ME A TENOR at the Westchester Playhouse

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How might you know a play is a farce? Normally, the set offers a clue, and in particular the set will include several doors that allow characters to barrel into situations and then quickly escape the consequences. This production of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor boasts six doors. Hilarity, you can be sure, ensues.
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Now running through August 17.