Cher Public

Crimes of a ragged century

Quite by chance—en route to Tanglewood—I stumbled upon the Mac-Haydn Theatre, which has held the fort for fifty years in Chatham, New York. Besides a seven-musical mainstage (ten days each run), the company gives three Children’s Theatre shows a summer. This week (through next Sunday), by chance, they are giving Ragtime, a musical about turn-of-the-century race relations, unwelcome immigrants, labor revolts against brute force and the collapse of the traditional family. Too timely for coincidence. Read more »