Lady With All the Answers
40 years, the two most popular newspaper advice columns
were written by Midwestern, Jewish twin sisters, rivals
who wrote under the pen names Abigail Van Buren and Ann
Landers. David Rambo’s “chatty” (per the The New York
Times) play The Lady With All the Answers is
about Ann Landers (real name, Eppie Lederer), whose barbed
wit and sympathetic advice on sex, marriage, and current
events was syndicated in more than 1,200 newspapers.
While the fun and drama of writing Landers’ column would
in itself provide enough material for a one-woman show,
this play’s dramatic hook is appropriately personal: It’s
set on the eve of the columnist writing about her own crumbling
Ms. Landers will be brought to life by Broadway and TV vet
Charlotte Booker, whose performance in the Connecticut production
of the play (the same one being presented at Capital Repertory
Theatre) earned warm praise from The New York Times:
“Under the direction of Steve Campo, Ms. Booker captures
Ms. Lederer’s appealing mixture of corny good humor and
hardheaded good sense.”
Wake up and smell the coffee with The Lady With All the
Answers at Capital Repertory Theatre (111 N. Pearl St.,
Albany). Previews begin tomorrow (Friday, April 16) at 8
PM, and continue Saturday (April 17) at 3 and 7:30 PM, Sunday
(April 18) at 2:30 PM, and Tuesday (April 20) at 7:30 PM.
Opening night is Wednesday (April 21) at 7:30 PM, and the
show runs through May 9. Tickets are $31 to $46. For more
info, call the box office at 445-7469.
Dylan and Three Legs
it comes to musical pedigree, the surname “Dylan” is like
a royal title. But, just as great power carries great responsibility,
being the son of a legendary musician comes with lofty expectations
For Jakob Dylan, early-’90s Los Angeles was his proving
ground. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, his band the Wallflowers scored
two Grammys for Bringing Down the Horse in 1996,
but quickly disappeared into ’90s marginalia like tourmates
Toad the Wet Sprocket and the Spin Doctors. It wasn’t until
2007 that Dylan got behind his namesake and released a bona
fide solo debut, but it’s his latest, Women and Country,
that’s being touted as making good on the Dylan promise.
Despite the big guns he’s hired this time around—producer
T Bone Burnett and back-up singers Neko Case and Kelly Hogan—the
songs are direct, not unlike those of another familiar Dylan.
Jakob Dylan and Three Legs come to the Egg (Empire State
Plaza, Albany) on Saturday (April 17) at 7:30 PM. Tickets
are $33. Call 473-1845 for more info.
month’s installment of WAMC’s Food for Thought socially
relevant film series takes a harsh look at the New York
state prison system with a screening of The Visitors.
The award-winning 2009 documentary examines the impact
that our flawed legal system has on underserved poor and
minority populations by following the weekly bus pilgrimage
of visitors from New York City to see loved ones incarcerated
in prisons upstate.
Friday night about 800 people, mostly women and children,
almost all of them African American and Latino, gather at
Columbus Circle in Manhattan and board buses for the north,”
says director Melis Birder on the film’s Web site. “Depending
on the destination, the whole visiting trip can take up
to 25 hours.” And she would know. She began making the grueling
trip not to make a film, but to visit her fiancé at Clinton
Correctional Facility near the Canadian border.
Following the screening, there will be an open discussion
with guest panelists Dennis Mosley, Alison Coleman, Judith
Brink and Charles LaCourt. Between them, the panelists have
put in decades of work as prisoner advocactes and activists.
Visitors will be screened at the Linda, WAMC’s Performing
Arts Studio (339 Central Ave., Albany), tonight (Thursday,
April 15). The reception, which features a sampling of foods
from Honest Weight Food Co-op, kicks off at 6 PM, followed
by the feature film and panel discussion at 7 PM. Tickets
are $6. For more info, call 465-6233 ext. 4.