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“Galas”. Theater Review.

Robert Massimi.
It was good seeing Everett Quinton playing in a role that Charles Ludlam wrote. In the 70’s and 80’s, the two ran The Ridiculous Theater Company. Many great plays were put on at various theaters, the company ended up at 1 Sheridan Square theater.
Quinton went on to have a terrific career, Ludlam succumbed to AIDS. I was able to catch part of the show last evening at Theater at St.Johns in the West Village. St Johns Theater puts on many magnificent performances and last night was no exception. “Galas” was humorous, playing to the absurd.
On a simple stage, the actors kept the audience in stiches the entire evening. Great costumes by Romona Ponce and set by Jim Bountin. Lighting and sound design by Robert Neapolitan. The show was directed by the show’s star, Everett Quinton.
Charles Ludlam is gone, but his memory went on last evening. Ludlam was a very talented writer and actor.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising- the resident companies who call St John’s their home have joined together, along with a couple of guest companies, to celebrate the spirit of Stonewall. Putting on “Galas” brought to the forefront the spirit of the legendary and cultural-shifting Ridiculous Theater Company, the writing of Charles Ludlam and the brilliance of Everett Quinton.
St Johns next production will be “A Dolls House”, August 8th-11th.

robert massimi
I have been writing on theater since 1982. I currently am Chief Drama Critic for Metropolitan Magazine. I have produced 12 shows on and off Broadway. Former member of board Metropolitan Playhouse.
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