Theater Barn readies 35th anniversary season


NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — Three popular musicals — "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "She Loves Me" and "Pump Boys and Dinettes" — highlight The Theater Barn's 35th anniversary season.

The non-Equity professional theater's 2018 summer/fall schedule begins June 22 with Larry Shue's "The Nerd" and ends in September with Donald Churchill's farce, "The Decorator."

The opening night performance of "The Nerd" will be followed by a complementary wine and hors d'oeuvres reception with the cast and crew

This year's Agatha Christie — a standing feature of The Theater Barn season — is "The Mousetrap" (July 5-22).

"The Nerd," which runs through July 1, centers on the dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he's never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. The visitor turns out to be an incredibly inept "nerd" who outstays his welcome.

"Pump Boys and Dinettes" — by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann — spins an evening of original country western music about the comings and going at the Double Cupp Diner and the neighboring garage/gas station on Highway 57. The musical runs July 26-Aug. 5.

Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff's "She Loves Me" (Aug 9-19) focuses on the employees of a Budapest parfumerie in the 1930s, particularly one salesman and a new female employee who are at constant odds with one another in the workplace but, without knowing it, are falling in love with each other through a series of pseudonymic letters written through the auspices of a matchmaking agency for the lovelorn.

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (Aug. 23-Sept. 2) was developed at Barrington Stage Company in 2004. The William Finn (music and lyrics)-Rachel Sheinkin (book) musical tracks the fortunes and misfortunes of the young competitors in a countywide school spelling bee.

The season-ending production, "The Decorator" (Sept. 7-23), is a farce about a single woman, the man with whom she is having an affair and a housepainter she has hired to impersonate her non-existent husband.

The Theater Barn is at 654 Route 20. Summer performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays. Fall shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Complete ticket and season information is available online at or by phone at 518-794-8989.


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