When a play is staged in Central New York, you can expect to find reviewers Tony Curulla, Len Fonte, Linda Lowen and Dan Poorman in the audience taking notes. We asked them to share their favorite moments in local theater from 2017.

“Precious Nonsense” by Auburn Public Theater

Former Kitchen Theatre artistic director Rachel Lampert brought “Precious Nonsense,” her wind-up toy of a backstage farce set to the music of Gilbert and Sullivan (with some altered lyrics) to the Auburn Public Theater. The plot about a threadbare company performing operetta in the boonies is paper thin, but a great time, especially for folks familiar with G and S. The whole show is so arch that you can hang a curtain on it. Fueled by fine comic performances, “Precious Nonsense” was perfect summer fun.

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