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James Yeara

James Yeara

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, ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

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 ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

#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 ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

This Is Louis, America

by James Yeara September 7, 2012

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  “I shit myself tonight.” The first line spoken in Satchmo at the Waldorf, having its world premiere production currently at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer’s Playhouse, startles the audience. It grabs their attention. There are a ...

Shakespeare & Company

Love Greed Sex War

by James Yeara August 23, 2012

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Simon (Timothy Deenihan), the handsome, sophisticated heart surgeon, stands upstage left. Anna (Celia Schaefer), the winsome nuclear-arms regulator, stands upstage right. Jennifer (Danielle Skraastad), a vivacious bonds trader, stands midstage. Each character is on a ...

Stageworks/Hudson

Comedy Tonight

by James Yeara August 16, 2012

See How They Run is tons of fun. When this 1943 British farce sticks it into high gear, the rowdy chase leading into intermission seems to follow the audience to the concessions and back in ...

Barrington Stage Company

Personal Politics

by James Yeara August 8, 2012

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Having its world premiere at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge under the aegis of the Berkshire Theatre Group, Kelly Masterson’s Edith is a 21st-century history play centering on Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, second wife ...

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Spells Cast, Spells Broken

by James Yeara August 2, 2012

At its best, Shakespeare and Company’s The Tempest is best critiqued by the playwright: “This is a most majestic vision, charming and harmonious” . . . “something rich and strange” . . . “Now I ...

Shakespeare & Company

Wilkommen!

by James Yeara July 25, 2012

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The Kit Kat Club set thrusts a slender runway, complete with large round bulbs for footlights, into the audience, like a slender pinkie sneaking into the Lakehouse’s formerly sacrosanct pit; instead of paying patrons sitting ...

Park Playhouse

Bummer

by James Yeara July 19, 2012

Parasite Drag begins with Joellen (Elizabeth Aspenlieder) looking out of the upstage center door, a gold cross prominently place centered over the jamb. There’s a tornado watch in effect, Joellen announces to her husband Gene ...

Shakespeare & Company Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre

Mugs

by James Yeara July 5, 2012

The laughs come regularly at Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2012 season-opening Main Stage production. This isn’t surprising: Oscar Wilde was a genius, and The Importance of Being Earnest is his comic masterpiece. It’s a damned funny ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Among the Living

by James Yeara July 5, 2012

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  The annual Play by Play festival of new one-act plays at Stageworks/Hudson always has something to please almost everyone, and this year the eight one-acts, the performances, and the staging are uniformly excellent. Play by ...