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James Yeara

Smells Like a Rose

by James Yeara March 27, 2014

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  If Shakespeare had written a musical, it would have been Gypsy: A Musical Fable, a play with songs about theater, not a franchise collection of songs with some words between them. Gypsy has soul, and ...

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A Rich Vein

by James Yeara February 19, 2014

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  Ten plays @ 10 minutes each = comic gold. That equation is true this year at Barrington Stage Company’s annual New Play Festival, now in its third year. Directors Julianne Boyd, Christopher Innvar, and Kristen van ...

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All Too Human

by James Yeara January 30, 2014

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  In The Mountaintop, a 2009 hit play in England, American playwright Katori Hall presents a unique version of American icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: orator, preacher, activist, adulterer, chain smoker, male egoist. Set on ...

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Best Theater 2013: James Yeara

by James Yeara December 24, 2013

  1. Stockholm Stageworks/Hudson Having its American premiere at Stageworks/Hudson, Stockholm was riveting. The play was a dash of Mamet, a pinch of Ruhl, a sweating of Pinter, a snap of LaBute, sprinklings of Albee, a zest of ...

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Prescription for Happiness

by James Yeara October 17, 2013

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  “It does what a musical is supposed to do; it takes you to another world . . . a little something for when you’re feeling blue.”—Man in Chair Home Made Theater’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone ...

Spa Little Theater

Fully Able

by James Yeara October 17, 2013

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  In the darkness, the sound of waves splashing in a lake is heard, followed soon by the call of a loon. The lights then come up on a ratty-looking bathtub downstage center, a black mechanical ...

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I’m Your Girl

by James Yeara October 10, 2013

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  According to the annual survey in American Theatre magazine, Venus in Fur is the most produced play in Equity theaters across the nation today, and on Capital Rep’s stage it’s not hard to see why. ...

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Movable Fisticuffs

by James Yeara August 28, 2013

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  Ernest Hemingway reputedly accepted this bar bet: Write the shortest story possible. His reputed winning response: “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” In an interview with George Plimpton for The Paris Review on “The Art ...

Barrington Stage Company

Golden

by James Yeara August 22, 2013

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  The white-haired woman is sitting in a cozy chair in a cozy room under the light of a cozy lamp. She is counting her rosary beads, the paternoster whispered, her head inclined so that the ...

The Mount

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

by James Yeara August 22, 2013

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  “But you do want to talk to them sometime today on your birthday, even if she is Sheriff Cunt-Fuck of Cunt Fuck City?” says Kali to her husband. Stockholm is a 2007 British hit having its ...

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Who Needs a Drink?

by James Yeara August 7, 2013

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  The theater gods smiled on the beginning of the sixth scene of Shakespeare & Company’s Mother Courage and Her Children Saturday afternoon. Mother Courage (Olympia Dukakis) greeted the return of the long-absent Cook (John Douglas ...

Shakespeare & Company

Adirondack Delight

by James Yeara August 1, 2013

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  Avenue Q is a musical triumph: a feel-good, laugh-out-loud, surreal hallucination. See it. It’s still playing off-Broadway in Manhattan, where it played on Broadway for six years after starting as an off-Broadway hipster affair. It’s ...

Charles R. Wood Theater

Spy Games

by James Yeara July 18, 2013

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  Hapgood is the sort thing that shines on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery; I expected the resplendent Alan Cummings to introduce the show with his eyes widening in mischief while caressing his rolling rrr’s. Or if Shakespeare ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Art Inspires Art

by James Yeara July 18, 2013

  From the dark a loon calls. Soon the sun rises on a center-stage rock outcropping, seemingly carved into the mountainsides surrounding Lake George. As the stage light warms over the top of the outcropping, Max ...

Charles R. Wood Theater

Lovers, Blues Skies and a Few Clouds

by James Yeara July 10, 2013

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  Called back for a second curtain call, Curly (Jarid Faubel) encourages the audience to sing along with the cast in a reprise of the title song, and boy, do people sing: loud and lustily, as ...

Colonial Theatre

Hooray for Captain Spaulding

by James Yeara July 3, 2013

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  Wedding Crashers fans, fans of any of the Hangover or Bridesmaids films, Stephen Colbert/Jon Stewart stalwarts, people obsessed with Mel Brooks movies, SNL groupies, lovers of Woody Allen’s writing/directing, or Three Stooges aficionados will love ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival Main Stage

A Helluva Show

by James Yeara June 26, 2013

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  Succinctly, “flat-out phenomenal” is the least that should be said about John Rando’s current staging of On the Town at Barrington Stage Company. As befits this late 1944 musical’s roots as a ballet by Leonard ...

Barrington Stage Company

Bound

by James Yeara June 19, 2013

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  The signature moment of this 17th annual festival of new one-act plays occurs appropriately between plays: After the opening play ends with its three characters watching an It’s a Wonderful Life-worthy snowfall, there’s a blackout. ...

Stageworks/Hudson

Gonzo Theater

by James Yeara May 15, 2013

  They’re all locked in the room with no means of communicating with the outside. Only one man knows their specific purpose. Everyone else knows they’re desperate to do something, with someone, somewhere. Some have been ...

Schenectady High School

One Hot Mess

by James Yeara May 15, 2013

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  Local theatergoers aren’t likely to see Brad Fraser’s True Love Lies on other professional stages in the area. As with Fraser’s earlier Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love (which received a local ...

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Pinkish

by James Yeara May 1, 2013

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  “What do you see?” asks painter Mark Rothko, facing the audience, in Red. Rarely in theatre is a question more to the heart of the matter, unless it is “To be, or not to be,” and ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

Frank Conversations

by James Yeara January 23, 2013

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  Set designer Ken Goldstein gives Capital Rep’s Race a stately law office lined with orderly law books to backdrop the pristine wooden conference table edged with chrome. Deborah Constantine gives Race a clean, well-lighted look, ...

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The Year in Theater

by James Yeara January 3, 2013

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  Best of 2012 1. Tomorrow in the Battle Stageworks/Hudson The world-premiere production of Tomorrow in the Battle was an experience to revel in. Playwright Kieron Barry presented conflicts, crises, and climaxes for his characters that engaged both intellectually ...

Short and Too Sweet

by James Yeara December 6, 2012

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  Frank Capra’s 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life is a beloved holiday classic today. The two-hour-and-10-minute black-and-white film is as sentimental as movies come (“Capra-corn”), but there’s an edge to it, as there is in ...

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#Jane Austen #Funny

by James Yeara October 17, 2012

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  Fans of Jane Austen will swoon over Pride@Prejudice, a smartly rendered saunter through the key characters and relationships of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with added footnotes, side notes, literary and psychological analysis, letters from Austen ...

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