By EVE MARX in the Bedford Pound Ridge Record Review, January 15, 2010
Psst! Longing to see a wicked good play but don’t want to drive all the way to Manhattan? Surprise: awesome theater is right here in Bedford Hills, but you need special permission to see it. Oh, and the show goes on at 9 a.m. and be prepared to pass through a metal detector and undergo a noninvasive body search before you can enter the theater.
One of the most audacious, innovative, thoroughly entertaining live theater experiences you can imagine takes place at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison for women. “What you will see tonight is entertainment, but what I see is rehabilitation,” Commissioner of New York State Department of Correctional Services Brian Fischer said of a similar performance. And while rehabilitative, restorative and healing as these shows may be, from an audience perspective what you get is as good as, if not better, than anything you’d buy a ticket for at Long Wharf” or The Orpheum or Lucille Lortelle. ‘When inmates take the stage, it’s electric.
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