and Old Lace
farcically macabre classic Arsenic and Old Lace kicks
off the 31st season of the New York State Theatre Institute.
The tale, which originally opened on Broadway in 1941, follows
the escapades of the grandmotherly Brewster sisters who
have taken up the charitable cause of poisoning lonely old
men. Their three nephews round out the mayhem. One believes
he is Teddy Roosevelt, burying yellow-fever victims in the
Panama Canal. A second arrives with a corpse of his own,
while the third attempts to manage the domestic madness
and the ebullient affections of his new fiancée. Arsenic
and Old Lace is a comedy classic.
and Old Lace opens at NYSTI (Schact Fine Arts Center,
Division Street, Troy) on Saturday (Oct. 13) at 8 PM and
runs through Oct. 24. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for
students and seniors, and $10 for children to age 12. For
showtimes and more info or to make reservations, call the
NYSTI box office at 374-3256.
of the Stone Age
sounds of the California desert, such as they are, will
come alive this Wednesday when Josh Homme and the Queens
of the Stone Age roll into Northern Lights. Frankly, we’re
surprised to see them still playing on the club level—in
the year following the breakthrough Songs for the Deaf
album, the Queens appeared poised to take over the rock
universe. But things happen: For instance, the firing of
band cofounder Nick Oliveri; a rather lackluster follow-up
(Lullabies to Paralyze); and the unreliable short-term
memory of the listening public. Still, they’re a badass
live band, and their recent Era Vulgaris is their
best disc in years, so if you have a fever for the flavor
of the rock, look no further.
Queens of the Stone Age, plus guests the Black Angels, the
Clay People and Biffy Clyro, perform this Wednesday (Oct.
17) at Northern Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton Park). Tickets
for the 8 PM show are $22. To reserve tickets or for more
info, call the box office at 371-0012.
October, month of harvest, falling leaves, and ghastly,
bloody horrors. Ultimate Terrors has returned to the Altamont
“Scaregrounds” for another frightening Halloween season.
Ultimate Terrors is based around the creepy legend of the
Skull family, and features the area’s largest haunted house
(more than 3,100 square feet), a mad scientist’s laboratory-gone-wrong,
and a stadium length maze of “3-D Chaos,” not to mention
an explosive fire show, psychic readings, black light paintball,
stage shows, food, and more.
Ultimate Terrors is open for scaring Friday, Saturday and
Sunday nights through Oct. 28 at the Altamont Fairgrounds
(129 Grand St., Altamont). Parking lots open at 6 PM, admission
and attractions begin at 6:30, Haunted Houses open at 7.
Admission ends at 10 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and 9:30
PM on Sundays. Tickets are $21 for adults, $16 for children
ages 6-10 and free for children under 5. All children must
be accompanied by an adult. For more info, go to www.ultimateterrors.com.