DON’T TRY THE COBBLER The big news this week is the opening of the regional premiere of Yasmina Reza’s hit comedy God of Carnage at Capital Repertory Theatre (111 N. Peal St., Albany). It’s been tagged a comedy of manners “without the manners,” and that seems just about right. After their sons skirmish on the playground, two sets of upscale New York City parents meet in a very tasteful apartment setting for a peace conference. (Peace is not what ensues.) Class, status, values and an unusual cobbler recipe are the basis for some very pointed—and hilarious—exchanges. And if you develop an uncontrollable urge to take one character’s cell phone away, you’ll know the actor playing that part is doing a swell job. Capital Rep’s producing artistic director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill directs; Brigitte Vielieu-Davis (The Sweepers), Brenny Ravine (To Kill a Mockingbird), Nicholas Pym (The Sisters Rosensweig) and Ken Krugman (making his Capital Rep debut) star. There’s no intermission; God of Carnage is a 90-minute-short comedy cannonball. Previews start tomorrow (Friday, April 27) and continue through Sunday (April 29); opening night is Tuesday (May 1) at 7:30 PM, and God of Carnage runs through May 27. Tickets are $20-$60. Call the box office at 445-7469 for tickets and info.
THEY REPRESENTED Kudos to Confetti Stage, who competed and won at the Eastern States Theatre Festival in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the weekend of April 20-22. They presented Albany playwright Nate Beynon’s Safe Words, and were awarded 3rd place for Outstanding Production, 1st place for Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble Acting and the People’s Choice award for Best Production. They are currently in rehearsal for their next Albany production of two plays by Ionesco. Watch the calendar section in mid-June for details.
TROY NIGHT OUT Hey, it’s that time of the month again. Tomorrow evening (Friday, April 27) offers another good reason to visit the Collar City: Troy Night Out. As usual, a number of galleries have shows opening. Among these exhibits are Alternatives Views, new work by Luba Ricket and Ken Deitcher, opens at the Photography Center of the Capital District (404 River St.); Welcome Inside My Head, work by steampunk artist and new Troy resident Gregory Charde opens at the Art! Gallery (200 1st St.); and Late Light Leaving, a selection of all-new paintings by regional treasure Harry Orlyk, which opens at the Clement Art Gallery (201 Broadway). Check the ad in this week’s paper or visit troynightout.org for complete details.