by Play: Desire Lines
14th annual Play by Play festival of new one-act plays brings
together work by some of the best contemporary dramatists
to explore this year’s theme, desire. Eight world-premiere
one-act plays will be performed by four regional actors;
each script examines the risky and often comical routes
people follow when coerced by their wants, needs and desires.
The scripts range from Samual Brett William’s Bobby Herbert,
which finds two average guys stranded on a rooftop with
a three-day supply of Twinkies and a newfound sense of their
own mortality, to Sybil Patten’s American Orchard, the
story of a white, upper-class couple who mistakenly adopt
a 22-year-old Afghan farmer, and Tom Coash’s Kamasutra,
in which a holiday visit to the illustrious temple explores
sex and love in the twilight years. Pictured are (l-r) Rachel
Sullivan and Richard G. Rodgers in Dearly Beloved.
This year’s Play by Play festival will be performed at the
newish venue 440 Upstairs at Proctor’s (440 State St., Schenectady).
The festival opens Wednesday (Nov. 28) at 8 PM and continues
through Dec. 9. Tickets are $26. For more information, or
to make reservations, call the Proctor’s box office at 346-6204.
local arts organization Black Dimensions in Art have teamed
up again with the New York State Museum, this time for the
exhibit Expressions in Blue: A Feeling, a Place, a Color,
a Sound. As the exhibit notes note, “The works in the
exhibition explore the meaning of the word ‘blue,’ whether
it is the musical legacy of the Blues, the natural environment
of sea or sky, or the portrayal of a mood.”
exhibit includes painting, sculpture, photography and textile
designs by 22 artists. Co-curator Stephen Tyson writes that
the exhibit strives to represent “an achievement in the
continuum of creative ingenuity and artistic integrity within
the African Diaspora—and beyond.”
Artists featured include Savannah, Ga.-based Jerome Meadows
(pictured is his assemblage Bennu’s Bounty, 2007)
and Saratoga Springs “textile collagist” Francelise Dawkins.
in Blue: A Feeling, a Place, a Color, a Sound is on
exhibit at the New York State Museum (Empire State Plaza,
Albany) through March 16, 2008. For more info, call 474-5877.
Yamin received his big break on American Idol season
No. 5, winning audiences over with his rich, jazzy R&B
selections. Well, Yamin has matured past his Idol days,
and he’s grown a beard to prove it. His self-titled debut
album, for which he finagled an industry-shocking 50/50
profit split with Hickory Records, has graced the Billboard
charts for 35 weeks. He’ll be joined at Revolution Hall
by Nashville-based up-and-coming R&B crooner Josh Hoge
and edgy alternative powerpoppers the Last Goodnight.
Elliot Yamin will bring his soulful pop to Revolution Hall
(425 River St., Troy) on Friday (Nov. 23) at 8 PM. Tickets
are $22. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call