The summer season of the Weston Playhouse is in full swing. What a wonderful place to see live theatre. Over the past few years we have seen some first rate performances there. We have seen Les Miserables and Hair Spray. These productions are as close to Broadway as you can get, without going to New York city. The seasons’ schedule is quite diverse, year after year. You can choose from a drama, comedy, or a musical. They also have something for children. The theatre itself, is terrific. There isn’t a bad seat in the house AND you can’t believe the leg room! For those of us who like to stretch our legs out a bit and not feel like a pretzel, this place is tops! All of this, in Weston Vermont, just a 40 minute drive from Woodstock.
Every March, when the playhouse posts their summer schedule, we look it over and pick a show to see. This year we were so impressed with the choices of shows, we decided, along with some friends to become season ticket holders. We have tickets for 5 performances. We saw our first show, The 39 Steps, on this past Tuesday. (more on this show later) The others we will be seeing are…Avenue Q, Damn Yankees, Death of a Salesman and The Marvelous Wondrettes. Quite a diverse playbill. Along with our decision to become season ticket holders, we thought it would be fun to “do the pre-theatre dinner”.
So, here we go, “Dinner and a Show”. We started the evening out at Sam’s Steakhouse, on Route 103, in Ludlow. It was our first time there, and although we have heard over the years that lots of skiers go there for a steak, frankly, it was off of our radar, so we went in not knowing much about it. We were pleasantly surprised. We arrived around 5:30….show starts at 7:30….need 15 minutes for the drive to the theatre, so plenty of time for dinner. We were unaware of the fact that they had early bird specials that night for $11.95 per person. I think there were 5 entree choices, with a potato, vegetable and their salad bar. Two of us ordered london broil, two ordered salmon. Nicely prepared, beef was moist and tender, salmon flaky and also moist. The salad bar was fresh and had a nice variety of items. Portion sizes were not huge, but more than enough food. Service was attentive and quick. (nice when you have a show to see!) All in all,very nice. It certainly wasn’t fancy, but it suited our needs for theatre night.
Now, on to the Show! This play is based on the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name. If you have seen the movie, you know it is a murder mystery, with some esponiage thrown in, certainly not a comedy. The play is “sort of” like the movie……NOT! First off, only 4 actors play ALL the roles. It is funny, physical and clever.There is a train chase, plane crash and some romance thrown in. Bottom line fun and entertaining. We were amazed at the casts’ ability to jump from character to character. The set design and staging for this smaller stage was ingenious.
It was a fun night out. We are already looking forward to the next show in two weeks (Avenue Q). Dinner plans are being formulated as I type. We are thinking it might be fun to do a picnic supper on the Weston Green, weather permitting . In the coming weeks, I will give you my “reviews” of the shows and our dining escapades.
We think the Weston Playhouse is another Vermont gem. If you want an evening of theatre in a beautiful setting come visit. Check out their website, you don’t have to get a season ticket, check out the schedule and order YOUR tickets. www.westonplayhouse.org