not at all a stretch to imagine James Joyce’s short story
“The Dead” as a musical. Using Irish sounds and dance, composer
Shaun Davey and lyricist Richard Nelson helped create a
show that, in its Broadway incarnation, The New York
Times called “enchanting.”
Also the subject of an acclaimed John Huston film, “The
Dead” is a portrait of family and friends in early 20th-century
Dublin—and a marriage that may not be as solid as it seems
on the surface. The center of the action is a wonderful
party. Here, Joyce’s Dubliners are brought to life by a
singing (and dancing) cast of 13.
Capital Repertory Theatre’s Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill promises
theatergoers that “if you were not Irish when you went in,
you’ll be Irish when you come out.” We don’t think that
will be much of an issue around here.
Preview performances of The Dead begin tomorrow (Friday,
March 13) at 8 PM and continue through Tuesday (March 17).
Opening night is Wednesday (March 18) at 7:30 PM, and the
show continues through April 5. Tuesday through Thursday
shows are at 7:30 PM; Friday shows at 8 PM; Saturday shows
at 4 and 8:30 PM; and Sunday shows at 2:30 PM. Tickets are
$31 to $46. For more info, call 445-7469.
Ginn and the Taylor Texas Corrugators
about it: What’s the most radical thing you can do with
the twilight of your career after having founded a seminal
hardcore punk band and popularized atonal guitar soloing?
If you said “start a jam band,” then not only are you right,
but you’ve nearly described the direction Black Flag guitarist
and principal songwriter Greg Ginn has taken. See, Ginn
started two jam bands, and they’re both coming to
We’re willing to bet there’s going to be slightly less blood
and screaming than when Ginn shared the stage with Henry
Rollins, but the loping Western swing that the Corrugators
deal in could still make for some pleasant crowd surfing.
Come early for Jambang, a fuzzier psych project that Ginn
Greg Ginn and the Taylor Texas Corrugators come to Valentines
(17 New Scotland Ave., Albany), Tuesday (March 17) at 8
PM. Tickets are $10. Call 432-6572 for more info.
Vivo! Carlota Santana
in 1983, Flamenco Vivo! Carlota Santana, according to artistic
director Santana, aim to uphold and extend the “purity and
traditions” of flamenco, that traditional Spanish dance.
(Think precision, excitement, and sensuality.) They do this
by expressing the “richness” of the form in new choreographies,
including works by Santana and associate artistic director
magazine wrote of a November 2008 performance that the company’s
“brand of flamenco is fiery and sensuous and extremely enjoyable.”
Flamenco Vivo! Carlota Santana will perform tomorrow (Friday,
March 13) at 8 PM at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany).
Tickets are $13 to $26. For more info, call 473-1845 or