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'Ben Butler' playing to stellar reviews at Curtain Call in Latham; show ends Feb. 8

“Ben Butler,” a play about the challenges a Union general faces with a runaway slave during the Civil War, has opened to rave reviews by patrons at the Curtain Call Theatre in Latham, N.Y.

The play runs through Feb. 8 at the theater, located at 1 Jeanne Jugan Lane.

“Ben Butler,” which started Jan. 23, is part comedy, part historical drama and part biography, and often all at the same time.

The play is directed by Patrick White and includes cast members Chris Foster, Michael A. Lake, Dennis Skiba and James Wild.

The story is riveting: When a runaway slave demands sanctuary at a Union Army garrison, the general in charge is faced with a moral quandary -- follow the law or make a move that could alter the course of U.S. history.

Showtimes are at 8 p.m. on Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, 3 on Sundays, and 7:30 on Thursdays.

Tickets are $25 per person, payable by credit card in advance or by cash or credit at the door. Theater doors open at least 30 minutes before curtain time. Tickets also can be purchased by calling (518) 877-7529 or online here.

Among the comments from theater-goers, according to a release from the Curtain Call:

-- “Went to see ‘Ben Butler’ -- great set. But that’s not all -- the entire production is top notch, and everyone associated with the play deserves accolades!” -- Kathy Canary

-- "Just saw ‘Ben Butler’ at Curtain Call Theater. A fun show -- humor and history balanced perfectly. All the actors were wonderful, very engaging throughout the show. A great show, a must see. Get your tickets before they sell out.” -- Kimberly Mizeur Collins

-- “I completely enjoyed the preview (on Jan. 23)! Wondered how a topic I’ve read and learned so much about could be seen as comedy, but it was! This is a must see!

-- Wonderfully casted, smartly directed and beautifully executed! Bravo!” -- Mary Margaret Clement Corcoran

-- “‘Ben Butler’ is a witty and insightful and surprising comedy that will make you laugh and think." -- Mary Darcy

-- “At a sad time in American history when slaves were considered property, the brilliant and incisive dialogue -- expertly and understandingly delivered by your superb cast -- takes the audience into the humanity, kindness and empathy of people beyond their skin color. … I'm sure Patrick White’s direction in line delivery and timing brought out the humor without sacrificing the strength of the plot.” -- Dick Feldman

Cocktails, coffee and dessert are available for purchase in the lobby one hour before showtime and during intermission.

For more information on the play, call (518) 877-7529 or email


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