we received notice about this Classic Theater Guild production
of Christopher Durang’s durable comedy, we must admit to
having no idea that May is National Mental Health Month.
We were thinking, at first, that May is entirely too bright
and cheerful for such a designation; on second thought,
we realized that many people do not want to contemplate
such matters in the dead of winter.
The folks at the Classic Theater Guild see Beyond Therapy—an
“absurdly comical” play about the lovestruck and their therapists—as
a contribution to this celebration. We won’t disagree; go
to the theater at 440 Upstairs at Proctors and see for yourself.
Classic Theater Guild will present Beyond Therapy
beginning tomorrow (Friday, May 16) through May 25 at 440
Upstairs at Proctors (440 State St., Schenectady). Shows
are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM.
Tickets are $15. For reservations and information, call
weekend, Capitol Chamber Artists will conclude their 39th
season with a program titled European Romantics. Of course,
at the top of the “romantic” list is Beethoven; they will
perform the “Archduke” trio and the “Spring” sonata. Also
on the program: Benjamin Godard’s Legende Pastorale
and Jodi Harris’ Three Poems for Flute and Piano.
(Harris is American, not European, but the approach is definitely
The fact that these will be performed on an original 17th-century
Viennese fortepiano—CCA are one of only six U.S.-based ensembles
to have one—allows, as CCA’s Mary Lou Saetta explained in
an e-mail, “all of the instruments to be equal partners
in performance because the fortepiano sound is not overwhelming
as is the sound of the modern piano.”
Capitol Chamber Artists will perform Saturday (May 17) at
8 PM at the First Congregational Church (405 Quail St.,
Albany). There is a preconcert recital at 7 PM. Tickets
are $16, $8 students. They will present the program again
Sunday (May 18) at 3 PM at the Community Hall (Stage Road,
Benson, Vt.). The preconcert recital is at 2 PM; prices
are the same. For more info, call 458-9231.
scale-shredding, polyrhythm-exploiting metal orgy Batman!
Four of metal’s most proficient, time-change-molesting,
thrash-your-mom’s-ears-out bands will be taking to the stage
at the Armory to blow your minds and throw all you aspiring
air guitarists and drummers into conniptions.
Dream Theater, the old guard of progressively ridiculous
thrash-metal, will play big-brother to Sweden’s masters
of schizophrenic death metal Opeth and North Carolina’s
progressive-hardcore spastics Between the Buried and Me
(pictured). 3, who are buddies and friends of Coheed and
Cambria—and sound just as semi-metal as Coheed do—will open
the show. Let’s hope they survive, because the level of
metal in the Armory will be at a peak on Sunday night. Anyone
entering the building who is not 110-percent metal will
surely die a gruesome Dethklok-esque death. (Think heads
exploding, eyes bleeding, hearts rupturing and bowels emptying.)
But don’t worry—as metal as the night may be—each of the
bands bring a not-so-metal calling card with them. Like
Between the Buried and Me’s jazzy Queen or Smashing Pumpkins-y
interludes, or Opeth’s swamp balladry, or Dream Theater’s
. . . um . . . who are we kidding. Dream Theater are just
plain fucking metal.
The Progressive Nation 2008 tour will kill at the Washington
Avenue Armory (195 Washington Ave, Albany) beginning at
5:30 PM on Sunday (May 18). Tickets are $35. For more information,
call 694-7160 ext. 26.