CNY Playhouse

Sep. 11 CNY Playhouse: 9 to 5 The Musical

Doralee (Korrie Taylor, left) and Violet (Shannon Tompkins, right) enlist the help of a junior accountant (Mike King) to check the company books in the CNY Playhouse production of "9 to 5 The Musical" (photo: Amelia Beamish)

CNY Playhouse’s ‘9 to 5 The Musical’ offers ribald humor with plenty of laughs

But Patricia Resnick’s book is too weak to make credible the oppressed office workers’ character transformations

By Michael O’Connor

The Central New York Playhouse production of “9 to 5 The Musical,” Dolly Parton’s reworking of the 1980 hit film by the same name, provides laugh-out-loud comic moments. What’s lacking is a believable story arc that allows the audience to buy in to the radical transformation the characters undergo…

April 18 CNY Playhouse: Glengarry Glen Ross

CNY Playhouse closes the deal in ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’

A fine ensemble of actors all but ooze oil in David Mamet’s look at the unctuous business of the hard sell

By Barbara Haas

The Central New York Playhouse isn’t afraid to tackle the important American plays. Last spring the company staged a fine Death of a Salesman, directed by Kasey Marie McHale. Now they’ve put on an equally creditable production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, again under McHale’s direction…

Mar. 13 CNY Playhouse: God’s Favorite

CNY Playhouse’s ‘God’s Favorite’ a divine comedy

Like the hero in the biblical tale, the company’s well-crafted reworking of the ‘Book of Job’ passes every test

By David Abrams

With friends like Joe Benjamin’s God, who needs enemies? That’s the question Neil Simon appears to raise in his quick-witted comedy God’s Favorite, a modern day setting of the Book of Job that opened on Broadway in 1974…

Jan. 10 CNY Playhouse: Lend Me a Tenor

CNY Playhouse’s ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ keeps the laughs coming and the action going

Who knew a performance of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ could be this amusing?

By David Abrams

What can possibly be funny about Verdi’s Otello, the opera generally acknowledged to be the culmination of Italian tragic opera? Kenneth Ludwig believes he found the answer — and three Tony Awards say he’s on to something…

September 6 CNY Playhouse: Spamalot

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CNY Playhouse’s ‘Spamalot’ draws laughter galore — and every Monty Python fan in town

The area’s newest theater troupe mounts the first local production of this whacky Broadway megahit, and gets it (mostly) right

By Laurel Saiz

Judging from the reaction of the near-capacity crowd at Friday’s opening night performance…

August 17 CNY Playhouse: Unwrap Your Candy

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CNY Playhouse pulls off ‘Unwrap Your Candy’— and without a crinkle

‘Wildwood Park’ proves the most engaging of the three one-act plays in this alternately dark and humorous production

By Laurel Saiz

The title Unwrap Your Candy, the set of one-act plays currently being offered by the Central New York Playhouse, is rather misleading…