NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — A backstage farce, a revue, an Agatha Christie murder-mystery and two musicals are on tap this summer at The Theater Barn. In addition, the non-union professional theater at 654 Route 20 will produce A.R. Gurney's "The Cocktail Hour" in the fall.
The Barn's 2016 season begins June 24 with Tom Dudzik's "Don't Talk to the Actors" (through July 8) and ends in September with "The Cocktail Hour" (Sept. 9-25), The comedy deals with a confrontation among family members as their playwright son returns home to seek their approval of his new play, which is about them.
"Don't Talk to the Actors" also deals with a playwright — this one a naive, novice writer from Buffalo who gets caught in the New York theater scene when his play is optioned for Broadway.
Two musicals — one from Off-Broadway, the other from Broadway — are on tap. The Broadway show is "The Wedding Singer" (Aug. 25-Sept. 4) by Chad Beguelin (book and lyrics), Matthew Sklar (music) and Tim Herlihy, based on the Adam Sandler movie about a popular wedding singer whose personal life goes off the rails when his fiancee leaves him. from Off-Broadway comes "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" (Aug. 11-21), using songs by Alan Sherman to spin the tale of Barry Bockman and his beloved Sarah from birth to summer camp through marriage and retirement in Florida.
The Off-Broadway revue "Forever Plaid" retruns to The Theater Barn July 28-Aug. 7. This show mis built around pop music of the 1950s oerformed by a doo-wop a cappella male group known as The Plaids, who have come back to Earth to perform the show they were on their way to performing when they were killed in a crazy automobile accident.
The Agatha Christie tradition continues at the Barn with "Towards Zero" (July 7-24) about a severe old widow is murdered in her seaside house filled with guests.
Performances are Thursday through Saturday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
"Cocktail Hour" performances are Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.