Is there a thing Mr. Rabinovitz, Producing Artistic Director of the Adirondack Theatre Festival touches that doesn’t get more interesting? He can throw a fun fundraising party with quirky thematic elements, tout the heck out of a season until he’s grown attendance, season ticket holders and ticket revenues by the thousands; innovate programming with such events as the PB&J children’s dinner theater, a comedy cabaret, a post-show party with pizzazz.
Thanks to Chad Rabinovitz we have professional Broadway entertainment within access and it is not only affordable, but almost remarkable for this level of performance. As we come close to the end of another season, I want to thank Chad for turning our entertainment options upside down. I can’t travel to Broadway or even Albany and Schenectady very often, so I realize how fortunate I am to have ATF right outside of my own front door.
Chad connects people, businesses, the arts....I’d never seen a festival as well organized and orchestrated as this one. Chad does details. But he’s a big-picture guy, too
Named one of the 100 reasons to love Bloomington.
Rabinovitz takes seriously his belief that the arts drive economic growth, and sees attracting people to the theater festival and its events as a way to fuel it.
Chad on News at Noon
The Pavilion [directed by Chad Rabinovitz] is an undeniable success. It achieves a harmony unparalleled by any offering I have ever seen at Westport Country Playhouse.”
Chad Rabinovitz’s insightful direction brought this black comedy to life. (THE BOY IN THE BATHROOM)
The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers is produced with all the slickness and efficiency one would expect from the expert team that put it together.
Bloomington Playwrights Project producing artistic director Chad Rabinovitz directed SPUN, and what a superb job he did...if there were ever a fresh new vehicle destined for success, it would be SPUN.
By all accounts, Chad Rabinovitz’s first season at Adirondack Theatre Festival was a success.
I was positively emotionally attached to both Grace and Glorie. The standing ovation was indicative of an incredibly moving and gripping piece of work. (GRACE & GLORIE)
What a cast. What a performance...In myriad directorial touches, Chad Rabinovitz leads his ensemble in bringing life to a high school in gritty, industrial Lowell, Mass., circa 1940.
Rabinovitz’ direction is crisp and professional creating interesting movement on a deceptively small set.
Reviewers always hope they will be the ones to find the next great show. I have found it.
How Chad introduces each show to the audience is a performance turn in itself. He’s got stand-up comedian in him. And as a showman, some P.T. Barnum.
Under Rabinovitz’s leadership, BPP has quintupled its subscriber base, eliminated its debt, doubled its operating budget, expanded its education program, and renovated its building. Perhaps most impressively, BPP has sold out every performance of every production for four straight years—something that’s almost unheard of in professional theater.
Chad’s highly entertaining pre-show curtain speeches are a wonder of fast-talking side-show theatrics. They’re hilarious, but also arrow sharp: What might otherwise be a long and wearisome list of sponsor thank yous becomes a highly anticipated highlight of the evening. Imagine!
Thanks to the efforts of Rabinovitz...BPP has undergone a near miraculous renaissance. Subscriptions have doubled. More shows have sold out and more tickets have been sold in the past year than in any previous year.
Chad Rabinovitz, now in his second summer as producing artistic director of ATF, has already proven himself savvy in his selection of material. If the rest of the summer’s shows — three more world premieres — are anywhere near as good as “Island Song,” he will further burnish the company’s deserved reputation as a reliable birthplace for excellent new work.
Chad is absolutely brilliant. His excitement is contagious, like a little bonfire that’s grown into a forest fire.
This dazzling premiere, directed by Chad Rabinovitz...is an absolute must-see. Don’t miss it. (SPUN)
Sometimes at BPP, Rabinovitz, producing artistic director, almost steals the show with his creative and hilarious curtain speeches. As always, he warmed up the audience, reciting the names of BPP’s sponsors as easily as his abc’s — ever a wonderful and grateful touch.
Showman/magician Chad Rabinovitz is in his fifth season as ATF’s producing artistic director, growing the festival, growing the audience, generating big productions, adding one initiative after another. Don’t be fooled by the showbiz savvy. Chad has also directed some of ATF’s most heart-felt, sensitive shows, like HOME.
Chad Rabinovitz’s direction was intelligent and accomplished. (THE PAVILION)
Chad Rabinovitz has embraced the playwright’s feet-off-the-ground romantic possibilities. Audiences who believe in second chances will be engrossed throughout.
If artistic director Chad Rabinovitz gets any more unstoppable, we may have to call in the Avengers.
Nothing could have prepared me for HOME [directed by Chad Rabinovitz]. I was totally overcome by emotion. The show broke my heart, and I wasn’t alone. Around Charles R. Wood Theater, sobbing could be heard from every direction. Words can’t do what I experienced justice.
I would like to thank Adirondack Theater Festival Director Chad Rabinovitz for bringing a new and exciting energy to the North Country. I have been enjoying his handiwork since I attended the ATF ‘Undercover’ fundraiser earlier this year. He is a talented professional who has quickly and smoothly acclimated to a new situation and is able to fit in with a diverse population. He has been receptive, responsive and inclusive, and I really appreciate that.
I think Chad is the best Director ever.
We are lucky in the people we have now leading the downtown community, like ATF Director Chad Rabinovitz...
Chad on News Channel 13
GLITCHES [directed by Chad Rabinovitz] is a masterful journey toward the impossible.
Chad next to Cardboard Cutout Chad in BPP’s newest fundraiser: 30 Days of Dinner
THE BOY IN THE BATHROOM directed by Chad Rabinovitz is one of those productions that affects you in a way you don’t see coming...this musical is a poignant portrayal of life, love and the reality of living.
I can’t overstate Chad’s ability to work with businesses, bars, restaurants, you name it,” she says. “For BEAD [Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District] to work, there have to be connections between arts entities and businesses, and Chad and BPP have been great at building those connections.
Under the fine direction of BPP’s own producing artistic director Chad Rabinovitz...between bouts of riotous laughter, we gain valuable insight into the experiences of growing old and losing loved ones.
BPP’s producing artistic director, Chad Rabinovitz, directed this slick and absorbing production...a thoroughly captivating experience. (THE BULL, THE MOON & THE CORONET OF STARS)
Mr. Rabinovitz also directed the hit - the hit! - of last season, the heartfelt musical HOME, which deals in issues of powerful emotional import, beautifully and well.
“What makes this musical worth seeing is the combination of laugh-out-loud lines, near perfect staging and casting, spot-on choreography, contagious and meaningful lyrics, a whimsical musical score and a masterful set and costumes that subtly complement the overall performance.”
Virtually everyone involved with BPP, from sponsors to actors to patrons, credit Rabinovitz with turning the organization around, praising him as a visionary artistic director, savvy businessman, and inspirationalleader.
Kudos to Chad Rabinovitz, the Producing Artistic Director who makes through the roof promises and then delivers.
“[The cast] is ably directed by Chad Rabinovitz.”
Chad Rabinovitz gave us ATF’s best season in years.
Popular cartoon’s response to the high attendance at the Adirondack Film Festival.
The Adirondack Theatre Festival producing artistic director bounces from one meeting to another; answers hundreds of emails a day; attends seven hours of rehearsals daily; sits in on conference calls; handles marketing, budgeting and ticket sales; and is overseeing the renovation of the cabaret space at Charles R. Wood Theater — all on two hours of sleep.But he knows what he wants: for Adirondack Theatre Festival to be better than it has ever been.
New Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz, emerged as the STAR.
The exclamation point to the festival was at the conclusion...where “Hoosiers” director Anspaugh stood up unsolicited and asked the crowd to get on its feet for a round of applause for Rabinovitz...
“With last fall’s appointment of Chad Rabinovitz as their new Producing Artistic Director, the Bloomington Playwrights Project has taken a decisive step toward increasing its stature as a national incubator for up-and-coming writers and new works.”
Artful direction … high quality theatre, funny and sad and true to the bone.
Bravos to the Adirondack Theatre Festival for its record attendance of 9,143 this year. What was even greater to hear was Producing Artistic Director Chad Rabinovitz’s commitment to the sponsors of the show in helping to drive their business as a partner. Dinner and a night at the theater has never been better than it was this year in Glens Falls.
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This show gets a 10. (GLITCHES IN REALITY)
We are so lucky to have Chad (Rabinovitz)...he’s very good at both business and creativity.
Director Chad Rabinovitz once again has demanded the utmost from his cast and skillfully uses the comedic elements to make a touchy subject matter palatable.