of the Future, Ebenezer Scrooge exclaims to his ghostly
guide, I fear you more than any spectre I have seen.
. . . But I am prepared to bear you company, and do it with
a thankful heart.
New York State Theatre Institute is mounting their production
of Charles Dickens beloved A Christmas Carol once
again this holiday seasonand this year the story resonates
with the companys uncertain future.
more than 30 years NYSTI has presented professional theater
and enriching educational programming, but the state-funded
theater is facing a budget shortfall steep enough that this
production risks being their last. Like the persevering
and cheerful Cratchit family, however, NYSTI is determined
to spin a beautiful, fresh and heartwarming holiday tale
in spite of their struggles.
Scrooge, the company is hoping for a new beginning, and
this is a chance to join them in revisiting the memories
they shaped in decades past. For as the reformed-humbug
himself attests, I will live in the past, the present,
and the future. The spirits of all three shall strive within
Carol opens at the New York State Theatre Institute (Schacht
Fine Arts Center, 5 Division St., Russell Sage College,
Troy) on Saturday (Dec. 4) at 8 PM and runs through Dec.
19. Tickets are $22, $18 for students and seniors and $12
for children 12 and younger. For more info, or to purchase
tickets, call the NYSTI box office at 274-3256.
Griffin: Cold Spring
curious theatrical collision of hijacked music and theateran
abduction of the audience into a pageant of disturbing 20th
how EMPAC describes Sean Griffins theatrical creation
Cold Spring, which plunders a variety of sources,
from the storehouse of the Schenectady Museum and Suits-Buche
Planetarium to the Eugenics Archive at Cold Spring Harbor,
N.Y., to tear into our often twisted takes on technology
and humanity. Drawing on actors and musicians from all across
this great landL.A., Chicago, Montreal, Minneapolis,
N.Y.C. and the Capital RegionCold Spring is
meant to challenge, disturb and, of course, entertain.
Spring will be performed at EMPAC (EMPAC Theater, Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, Troy) on Friday and Saturday (Dec.
3-4) at 8 PM. Tickets are $15, $10 and $5. For more info,
Test Dummies, Lonesome Val
Roberts, the Canadian who more or less is Crash Test Dummies,
gave us one of the iconic sounds of the early 1990s: Namely,
his freaky-deep baritone voice. Thats not to say that
the acoustic (and semi-acoustic) sound of the band was chopped
liver; they explored a range of genres from funk and
soul, folk and electronic music [to] . . . Christmas tunes.
Its just that when you think of CTD, you think of
that majestic croak on the hits Mmm, Mmm,
Mmm, Mmm, and Superman.
Roberts and company are back with a new album, Oooh La La,
and are coming to The Linda on Saturday.
just as excited about the opening act, Lonesome Val. Were
not going to rehash Val Haynes whole musical life
story from the Units and Fear of Strangers to her solo career;
well just say shes one of our all-time favorite
performers and leave it at that.
Test Dummies, and Lonesome Val, will perform Saturday (Dec.
4) at 8 PM at The Linda, WAMCs Performing Arts Studio
(339 Central Ave., Albany). Tickets are $20. For more info,
call 465-5233 ext. 4.