Tall Stories Theatre Company brings Snow White to
town, the kids’ classic will take on some unexpected twists—unexpected
for those accustomed to the cheerful Disney version of the
The London-based troupe’s adaptation of Snow White is
heavy on the fairy tale’s more barbaric aspects,
harking back to the darkness of the original Brothers Grimm
In Tall Stories’ hands, for example, those seven once-adorable
gnomes are downright rude and crude (and oddly, all seven
are played—brilliantly, we hear—by the very same actor).
The true identity of the wicked queen is served up by Tall
Stories with a chilling twist. And even the sugary Snow
White herself boasts a few malevolent character flaws. The
bottom line? Jaded adults will likely enjoy this show as
much as kids.
Staged with a scant three actors and relying on minimal
sets and props, the production is driven by a mix of music,
mime and physical theater—all hallmarks of the 7-year-old
internationally honored company.
White comes to the Hudson Middle School (Harry Howard
Avenue) on Saturday (March 2) courtesy of the Hudson Opera
House performance series. Shows (intended for those age
6 and up) are staged at 10 AM and noon; tickets are $5 adults,
$3 children, $10 family. Call 822-1438 for reservations
Craddock and Sarah Sterling
exhibit of recent work by painter Daisy Craddock and photographer
Sarah Sterling—opening this weekend in the Main Gallery
of Time & Space Limited—seems designed to foster quiet
Sterling looks for what she calls “found compositions.”
Whether in nature (Ice Woods #2, pictured) or in
a cityscape, she does not set out with any preconceptions.
Sterling lets the images find her.
I am working,” she has said, “I am either drawn to a place
or I’m at the right place at the right time with my camera.
. . . I contemplate things as they are and use that to describe
my private world in not just its emotional, but also its
Craddock has also taken the inspiration for her recent work
from nature. As the gallery notes explain, the palette for
these new paintings originated a few years ago in three
small studies on paper, made from a Catskill farmhouse window
on different mornings. Like the artists she admires—such
as Mark Rothko—Craddock strives for deceptively simple images.
In these paintings, she balances capturing the image with
more formal considerations.
This delicate balance of beauty and formal rigor has earned
Craddock critical praise. The New York Times said
of Craddock’s work, “One feels timeless rhythm and summery
light, and Emersonian divinity that may be comforting in
times of mourning, confusion and fear.”
Works by Daisy Craddock and Sarah Sterling will open Saturday
(March 22) and run through April 19 at Time & Space
Limited (434 Columbia St., Hudson). Gallery hours are 11
AM to 2 PM Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 4 PM Saturday
and Sunday, or by appointment. There will be an opening
reception this Saturday from 6 to 8 PM. For more information,
please call 822-8448.
Division I Men’s Hockey Championship
for local college-hockey fans, neither Rensselaer nor Union
made it this year to the final four of the Eastern College
Athletic Conference hockey tournament, to be held tomorrow
(Friday) and Saturday at the Pepsi Arena. The Skating Dutchmen—who
have never made the ECAC final four—had one of their best
seasons ever, finishing sixth to earn home ice in the first
round of the playoffs, but were swept in two games by resurgent
Rensselaer. The Engineers—who have made the final four more
often than not over the last dozen years—finished 11th in
a dismal regular season, then suprised Union but, predictably,
were ousted in two games by powerhouse Cornell, currently
ranked No. 2 in the nation.
The Big Red of Cornell are the team to watch in this weekend’s
tournament; they’ll face off against Brown at 3:30 PM Friday.
At 7 PM Friday, Dartmouth will take on Harvard. The third-place
game will be at 3:30 PM Saturday, followed by the championship
at 7 PM. The tournament winner gets an automatic bid to
the NCAA Division I hockey tournament. This is the first
time the ECAC tourney has been held at the Pepsi; for the
past 10 years, it has been at the Olympic arena in Lake
The ECAC Hockey Championship takes place tomorrow (Friday,
March 21) and Saturday (March 22) at the Pepsi Arena (51
S. Pearl St., Albany). Adult tickets are $52 for both days
or $30 for either the Friday or the Saturday session; students
are $45 all-session and $25 single-session. To purchase
tickets, call 476-1000.