It would be a shame to see Center Stage Playhouse disappear. It's current production, 1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible by James McLure, is a fine example of the topnotch theatrical entertainment that Center Stage has consistently presented year after year. I saw it opening night and it was an extremely entertaining evening. Carolyn Fuchs, Holland Renton, and Michelle Brandt starred in the touching and funny first part, "Laundry and Bourbon," deftly directed by Ed Friedman. Tal Aviezer, Peter Lillo, and Ed Walsh brought the audience to riotous laughter in the second part, "Lone Star," exquisitely directed by Lisa Spielman. There is no finer praise than to say that although they are all friends of mine and people I have had the pleasure of seeing and working with before, they managed to make me believe the characters they were portraying, transporting me to Maynard, Texas, for a couple of hours.
If this is the last big play by Center Stage in a while, it is going out with a bang, because it's a terrific production that will leave a strong impression with its audience. It runs through this weekend at Mercy College's Bronx campus at 1200 Waters Place in the French Family Auditorium.
Here is the important notice from Center Stage's president. Let's all do what we can, even if it's just spreading the word, to keep this wonderful, beloved theater company going strong for decades to come.