Apr 5, 2022

Croissants, Biking and Whale Watching With The Devil

Witch by Jen Silverman
Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble 
Alvina Krause Theatre - Bloomsburg, PA
I haven't been to very many plays in my life, and the vast majority of the ones that I have been to were musical theater productions at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater.  There are only two non-musical plays that I can remember going to.  One was a second grade field trip to the Kirby Center to see Daedalus Productions put on Man Of La Mancha in March 1988.  The other was much more recent, when we saw Ed Asner performed a one-man stage play of A Man And His Prostate just a month before he passed away.

In contrast, my dad has probably been to well over a hundred different plays at this point.  He and my stepmother frequently go to New York to see a show, and they've been members of the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble for about ten years.  We joined them on Sunday to see their production of Witch, and I'm very glad that we did.

Marquee photo source: BTE Instagram

I didn't really know what to expect with this, but I walked away with a new respect for the format and for the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble.

Kimie Muroya as Winnifred and Aaron White as Frank (source: BTE Instagram)
Dre'land Goar as Cuddy (source: BTE Instagram)
Elizabeth Dowd as Elizabeth and Eric Wunsch as The Devil (source: BTE Instagram)

The acting was absolutely incredible.  Dre'land Goar was both hysterically funny and heartwarming as Cuddy.  Eric Wunsch and Elizabeth Dowd played off of each other brilliantly as The Devil and Elizabeth.  The rest of the cast, which included Aaron White as Frank, Andrew Hubatsek as Sir Arthur, and Kimie Muroya as Winnifred.

As you can see, I am the furthest thing from being qualified to write a review of a play, but if you're like me and have little to no experience with stage performances such as this, please do yourself a favor and go see Witch.  It was a very funny, but also very touching story that will leave you thinking about gender norms and the limits that this world can put on what we could hope to achieve in our time.  It will be showing at the Alvina Krause Theatre through April 16th.  If you go on April 8th, 100% of your ticket price will go towards buying supplies, like sleeping bags, boots, and other necessary items, for the people on the ground in Ukraine.

While you're in Bloomsburg, if you like Italian food, I strongly recommend That's Amore on West Main Street.

The pasta dishes come with either soup or salad.  I had the lobster bisque, which was very good.  The carbonara was also delicious.  I had it with the gnocchi, and it made me happy to see that the shape of the white plate and the color of the creamy alfredo sauce made the dish look a bit like a giant deviled egg.  My dad raves about the veal parmigiana at this place.  I'm not a big fan of veal, but I think I'll have to try the eggplant parmigiana next time.