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The Stars Aligned

by James Yeara August 28, 2015

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  Summertime is a season of rare celestial occurrences: conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, Perseid meteor shower, blue moons, super moons. But few things are as rare, and never to be repeated, as what is happening ...

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Framed in Truth

by James Yeara August 28, 2015

  The moment American interloper Ira Aldridge (the deservedly much-lauded John Douglas Thompson) first meets the much-lauded Victorian actress Ellen Tree (Kelley Curran, star of Shakespeare & Company’s The Comedy of Errors here showing a range ...

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A Supposedly Fun Tour

by John Rodat August 27, 2015

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  I loved David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, and consumed it in a near-nonstop multi-day bout. When the novel was released in 1996, I was 28 years old and, more or less, still in college. I ...

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American Story

by Shawn Stone August 20, 2015

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  When N.W.A.’s album Straight Outta Compton was selling millions of copies in the late 1980s as a genuine critical and pop-culture phenomenon, one of the least likely long-term prospects would have been the group becoming ...

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Poor Relations

by Shawn Stone August 20, 2015

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  Superheroes are the dominant movie form, and there is one aspect of this genre that has proven particularly irksome: the origin story. Sony swaps out the actor playing Spider-man and what happens? They go back ...

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Friendly Maneuvers

by Ralph Hammann August 20, 2015

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  At the season’s end, the WTF is certainly pulling out the heavy artillery and scoring direct hits. The titular intervention is intriguingly complex in this American premiere, which boasts dialogue that is refreshingly literate and naturalistic. ...

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The One-Act Life

by James Yeara August 20, 2015

  Kaliyuga Arts presents theater that you won’t see on any other stage in the region. A worthy inheritor of StageWorks/Hudson’s mantle of ballsiest theater in the region, the latest production on the Bridge Street Theatre’s ...

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How I Botched That Story

by Ralph Hammann August 20, 2015

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  In program notes for the London premiere of His Girl Friday, John Guare correctly called The Front Page, his source material, “the secret great American play.” As a tribute to its greatness, he has written ...

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Cato in Utica

by B.A. Nilsson August 20, 2015

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  “Et in Arcadia ego” is inscribed on one of the trompe l’oeil stones forming the backdrop to Cato’s encampment in north Africa. “I am in Paradise,” the phrase suggests, and it’s an inscription often found ...

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Broad Intimacy

by James Yeara August 13, 2015

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  Saratoga Shakespeare Company chose an excellent locale, the intimate and versatile black box theater at Skidmore College, and play, Donald Marguiles’ popular 2007 fantasy Shipwrecked!, for their first indoor summer production. The black box created ...

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Super Failure

by David King August 13, 2015

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  Director Josh Trank shouldn’t take all the blame for the cinematic atrocity that is Fantastic Four. No, we all should. Spend the hour and 40 or so minutes actually watching the movie and it quickly ...

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Adventures in Mexico

by B.A. Nilsson August 13, 2015

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  You can count on the Bard Music Festival for textural extremes. Last Saturday’s programs ran a gamut from a charming sonata for guitar and harpsichord by Manual Ponce to the outsized, relentless Piano Concerto by ...

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Seeing Double: The Anaglyphs of Eric Egas

by Shawn Stone August 13, 2015

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  Eric Egas works with anaglyphs, three-dimensional stereoscopic images that “trick the eye into seeing depth” with red-blue 3D glasses. A few minutes before a recent press preview of his new exhibition at the Albany Institute ...

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Cape of Beauty

by B.A. Nilsson August 6, 2015

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  Nature is shameless about offering its beauty, leaving it up to us to interpret the aesthetics. It’s easy to take it for granted—to stop looking and to see very little. Joe Schuyler never stopped looking, ...

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Deep Feelings

by Ralph Hammann August 6, 2015

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  Williamstown Theatre Festival has a winner in this world premiere. Everything about Unknown Soldier works wonderfully and generously fulfills the contract that theater should make with its audience. It won’t remain unknown outside of Williamstown ...

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Bonding

by Shawn Stone August 6, 2015

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  “I am Tom Fucking Cruise! There is no greater action star in the world!” Ethan Hunt, the character Cruise plays in the Mission: Impossible films, doesn’t actually break character and scream this in the latest edition, ...

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Was This Trip Necessary?

by John Rodat August 6, 2015

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  In an age of billion-dollar franchise movies, it’s not surprising that producers would get behind an attempt to revive the popular, if (ahem) artistically inconsistent Vacation series, originally put out under the National Lampoon banner. ...

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A Study in Mortality

by Ann Morrow August 6, 2015

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  “The deerstalker? I’ve never worn one.” So says Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen), and he would know. His Japanese host (Hiroyuki Sanada) is disappointed to learn that the most beloved facts about the famous sleuth (no ...

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Endured, Not Enjoyed

by John Rodat July 30, 2015

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  Comedian Amy Schumer has been on a roll, recently. Her sketch-comedy show Inside Amy Schumer is both popular and highly acclaimed. Even her professional peers—perhaps the pettiest, bitchiest profession on the planet—heap praise upon it, ...

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Winter Storms

by James Yeara July 30, 2015

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  As titles go for a world-premiere play, I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile isn’t promising, but it’s thematically apt. When the piano player enters downstage center and adjusts, slightly, ...

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Fires Burn Softly

by Ralph Hammann July 30, 2015

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  The Paradise is a jazz club and boarding house owned by Blue (a trumpet player) and located in the Paradise Valley area of Detroit in 1949. The area was also known as Blackbottom due to ...

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Entry-Level Mozart

by David King July 30, 2015

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  The Magic Flute has and always will be absurd, nonsensical and up for wide interpretation. The Glimmerglass performance of the piece wasn’t designed to change any of this but instead offer modern audiences, youth especially, ...

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The Best of All Possible Shows

by David King July 30, 2015

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  Voltaire’s Candide is a satire aimed directly at the teachings of philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who preached that our world is the best of all possible worlds that God could have created despite the horrors ...

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Art Space Invaders

by Ali Hibbs July 30, 2015

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  Two local art spaces will be trading places this week in an effort to bridge the creative scenes between Albany and Troy. The Argyle Gallery in Troy will be presenting work by core artists from ...

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Crimes of Nonpassion

by James Yeara July 23, 2015

  Deathtrap on the Fitzpatrick Main Stage of Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge has the feel of classic summer stock theatre. Ira Levin’s 1978 play was well-regarded, it’s light and tight (six scenes in two acts ...

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