Ah, the Wide Open Spaces… of the Weston Playhouse

Dateline: Weston VT. The first thing you notice about the Weston Playhouse, after the lovely building and waterside setting, is the legroom in the theater. This, if nothing else, tells you that you are far from the dark warrens and wailing sirens of New York City and its performance spaces.

The 200-seat theater is full and pleasantly buzzing for Sunday night’s performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). The audience of regular folks, young kids, centenarians, summer-home people, and possibly even some true locals, comes ready to laugh. And if the play is really funny, which this one certainly is, you can laugh yourself right out of your seats and onto the floor in front of you. There’s that much room.

Weston Playhouse

The excellent cast of three included Sam Lloyd, Jr., nephew of the famous movie actor Christopher Lloyd. I’m told the casts of these shows are always this good. They sell darned good ginger cookies at intermission, too. (Not the cast.) I recommend catching a show at the Weston Playhouse if you’re traveling in New England.