The Return of Center Stage Playhouse

After a bit of a hiatus, it was great to see a new production by Center Stage Playhouse on Saturday night, this time Shetler Studios' Theater 54 in Manhattan. It was An Evening of One-Acts, featuring two engaging little plays -- Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage), written by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman, and Line, written by Israel Horovitz.  The cast gave it their all and they each had terrific moments to shine -- Roger Dykeman, Rhiannon McClintock, Ross Pivec, David Ryan, and Craig Campanaro. The crew also deserves praise -- choreographer Danielle Nichole Tyler, prop master Howard Brundage, and lighting/sound designer Chris Elwell.

The director, Elliott Robinson, who is also the current president of Center Stage, also earned an enthusiastic round of applause for making all this happen. I'll share his "Director's Note" from the program and let that speak for itself:

Note from the Director

For over 40 years, Center Stage has partnered with passionate, talented artists of all ages and backgrounds, introducing the craft of theater to new audiences and providing heartfelt, thought-provoking, and above all FUN shows to those who love the stage. Thank you to everyone who has supported us during the past few years. Some of you are discovering us for the first time, but many of you have been with us since the beginning, through the ups and downs that New York actors know all too well. We've searched for a new permanent home while continuing to work with local talent to bring affordable theater to the NYC community. 

Our home has been in the Bronx since 1969 and rest assured we will continue our mission of serving the Bronx community; but we will not be satisfied with just having audiences come to us during these difficult times for live local non-profit theater, we will also make it our goal to bring theater to others. This is not the first time (nor probably the last) that Center Stage has performed in Manhattan. Our 1980 production of Godpsell was proudly presented during the Lincoln Center Holiday Festival with well over 200 people in attendance each night. The following year we did Fiddler on the Roof in Damrosch Park in Manhattan for three nights to audiences well over 600 people for Lincoln Center’s Summer Theater festivals. 

Center Stage has a rich history that we hope will continue for many years to come. You are our greatest ambassadors.  Spread the word about us.  Volunteer with us.  Audition for our shows. Be a part of our stage crews. Visit our Web site at and join our contact list. Follow us on Facebook at Bring a friend (or two or three or ten) to see our upcoming productions.

Enjoy the show!
There's one more performance on Sunday at 3 p.m.  Don't miss it! Tickets are available at OvationTix.