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Transformed

by Ralph Hammann August 21, 2014

  Beautifully sung, smartly set and energetically staged at Oldcastle, My Fair Lady is a splendid fit for the company’s winningly intimate theater, which is currently brimming over with some of the loveliest songs in American ...

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The Odd Couple

by James Yeara August 21, 2014

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  The single most romantic scene this summer theater season is in Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons, currently having its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company. And it’s not the obvious one in this fast-paced, well-crafted, ...

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Ale to the King

by Rick Marshall August 21, 2014

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  In the world of comic books, the late Jack Kirby is king. Kirby is the artist responsible for bringing visual form to Captain America, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and countless other superheroes known ...

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And Then We Grow Up

by Laura Leon August 21, 2014

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  By now, anybody with a modicum of interest in cinema knows that Richard Linklater’s Boyhood was filmed over the course of a few days every year for 12 years. What seems rather gimmicky on the ...

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Nothing Up His Sleeve

by Ann Morrow August 21, 2014

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  In the sumptuous opening to Magic in the Moonlight, there is real magic, both on the stage—with a couple of grand illusions from a magic show—and in the film, which enchantingly captures the swank and ...

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Master Director

by B.A. Nilsson August 14, 2014

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  “The performing arts, literature, the visual arts—these are what draw our attention to aspects of our lives that we otherwise wouldn’t notice,” says Jonathan Miller, who celebrated the uniquely human ability to suspend belief during ...

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A Romantic Weekend in Annandale

by B.A. Nilsson August 14, 2014

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  In the end, Malcom Bilson was right. The distinguished pianist and early-music specialist spoke and performed during a 10 AM panel titled “Invention and Reinvention: Who Was Schubert?” and, comparing a piano from Schubert’s time ...

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Timeless Audacity

by B.A. Nilsson August 14, 2014

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  It’s a story of great sweep, a David Lean epic, but, as Shakespeare wrote it, laced with comedy of the Richard Lester variety. Henry IV is one of the Bard’s history plays, which right there ...

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High and Low

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

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  Two fish-out-of-water stories that nevertheless couldn’t be more dissimilar find a young Japanese woman trying to please her American lover by herself becoming as American as possible--and a starry-eyed composer forced to allow a commedia ...

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Doom, Glorious Doom

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

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  Poor Grace Brown! She was a small-town factory worker who would have lived an anonymous life had she not drowned in Big Moose Lake in 1906. Instead, she achieved a posthumous fame that lives on ...

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Starship Enterprise

by Laura Leon August 7, 2014

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  When the first Star Wars came out—and by that, I mean the real first one with Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill—my sister and her then-boyfriend insisted that I see it. “You’ll love it,” they exclaimed. ...

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Less Than Meets the Eye

by Ann Morrow August 7, 2014

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  The human eye: a window to the soul, inspiration for great poetry, evolutionary trump card and favored feature of advertising artists. In I Origins—yes, the title is used for all sorts of allegories—eyes are an ...

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Revenge is Sweet

by Ralph Hammann August 7, 2014

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  I had misgivings about this. First, it is an adaptation of a seemingly unadaptable morality play. Second, it bode ill that, given its songwriters’ stature, it never made it to Broadway when written in 1998 ...

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Condensed King

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

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  Much as the royal families depicted in Henry IV celebrated marriage and consanguinity, so too does Shakespeare & Company’s current production of the play. Shakespeare wrote two plays to depict the title character, but Jonathan ...

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Thinking Inside the Machine

by Carson Frame August 7, 2014

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  “Welcome, my son, welcome to the machine.” These Pink Floyd lyrics, blasting from a car stereo, normally would remind the listener of his/her place within an all-seeing, ironclad system. They point to the dilution of creativity ...

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A Compelling Enigma

by James Yeara July 31, 2014

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  Is it a fairy tale if the poison apple is dipped in cyanide, or does the cyanide make it a spy story? Like the math equations literally hanging over the characters or framing them on translucent ...

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Smoke Not Fire

by Ralph Hammann July 31, 2014

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  Tortured lovers in a way station on the outskirts of hell are at the center of Sam Shepard’s 70-minute propulsive one-act play. A number of patrons on opening night voiced puzzlement at what the meaning ...

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The Old Master

by B.A. Nilsson July 31, 2014

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  Although the protean Peter Schickele has proven himself a success as a composer of an enormously wide variety of music; a songwriter; a performer of great skill who can play piano and bassoon and, when ...

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Really, Really Ready for Hillary

by Katelynn Ulrich July 31, 2014

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    On a sunny Tuesday afternoon (July 29) in Saratoga Springs, Broadway bustled as nearly 1200 people lined up at the entrance of Northshire Bookstore, awaiting their moment to meet Hillary Rodham Clinton. The line of bodies ...

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Russian Fireworks

by Lynn Hasselbarth July 31, 2014

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  Saratoga Performing Arts Center pulled out all the stops on Tuesday night for the opening performance of the Bolshoi Ballet’s Don Quixote. With only three cities on their U.S. tour, the company was welcomed with ...

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Dude, Where’s My Brain?

by Shawn Stone July 31, 2014

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  It’s hard not to be impressed by Luc Besson’s audacity in his latest actioner, Lucy. The director and/or producer of such decade-spanning, high-octane entertainments as La Femme Nikita, The Professional, The Transporter and Taken isn’t ...

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Popcorn Gods

by Ann Morrow July 31, 2014

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  The ancient Greece of Brett Ratner’s enjoyably silly Hercules is mostly backdrop for an action-packed tale of a wandering warrior and his merry band of followers, and as such, the classical world works well enough ...

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Shadows Enthrall

by Laura Leon July 31, 2014

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  Out of the roiling murk of a river in Hamburg emerges Issa (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a bearded mess of Chechen humanity seeking asylum. Through the kindness of a Turkish family, he is put in touch with ...

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Fence Select at Troy Night Out

by The Staff July 24, 2014

    Friday (July 25) is Troy Night Out. And the Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River St., Troy) is hosting a reception from 5 to 9 PM for three exhibits. First is Fence Select, ...

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The Last Silly Walk

by Alexander M. Stern July 24, 2014

  The parrot is finally dead . . . for now, anyway. Surviving members of Monty Python took their final bow Sunday evening (July 20), bidding a fond farewell to fans across the globe. The simulcast event ...

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