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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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Dueling Divas

by Ralph Hammann July 24, 2014

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  Former artistic director Jenny Gersten has given WTF audiences a terrific parting gift with this beautifully mounted, deftly written and gloriously acted and directed production. A musical or two aside, it is the best comedy ...

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Best of Arts & Entertainment

by The Staff July 24, 2014

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  Best Museum Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute 225 South St., Williamstown, Mass. They always were the best. With the major expansion/renovation of the Clark grounds and campus, there’s just a lot more to love. Best Art Gallery The Foundry ...

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Good Grief!

by Alexander M. Stern July 17, 2014

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  Long before everyone's childhood was ruined by the Internet, a few things were still sacrosanct. Chief among these was Peanuts, Charles Schulz's ode to childhood fears, failure, and disappointment. Schulz never sugar-coated childhood; never romanticized ...

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Better Than Broadway

by B.A. Nilsson July 17, 2014

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  On the heels of Oklahoma, their first collaboration, came Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, based on a depressing but popular play by Ferenc Molnár. Liliom presented a charming but hotheaded protagonist who gets a chance to ...

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Chimps Ahoy

by Shawn Stone July 17, 2014

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  When last we left the rebooted Planet of the Apes series, Caesar (Andy Serkis) had led his genetically enhanced ape friends into the forests north of San Francisco, and the genetically engineered drug that altered ...

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Lost Intentions

by Ralph Hammann July 17, 2014

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  Jeffrey DeMunn suffers indignities well and is always a compelling victim. He was ingested by alien jello in the remake of The Blob, given a bloody nose by a tentacled monster in The Mist, and ...

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Not Forgotten

by Alexander M. Stern July 17, 2014

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  An elderly father and his family face Alzheimer’s and the right to die with dignity. Sounds like a rollicking good time. Oddly enough, the production of Bruce Graham’s impressionistic black comedy The Outgoing Tide, currently running ...

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The Nihilism Express

by Ann Morrow July 10, 2014

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  Snowpiercer is a train, but it might as well be called the Ark, for it contains the only survivors of an environmental apocalypse. This near-future scenario, starting 17 years after the Earth’s surface froze over ...

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Jazz Bard

by B.A. Nilsson July 10, 2014

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  It’s party time in New Orleans--but wasn’t it always during that city’s fabled era as the wellspring of jazz? As a motley set of white-clad instrumentalists strikes up a rousing “Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives ...

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A Truck With a Soul

by James Yeara July 10, 2014

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  “Can I do it?” one of the last contestants asks, standing just stage right of the Nissan pickup center stage, his left hand touching the truck’s body. As he looks out into the night, a ...

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Feeling Blue

by Ralph Hammann July 10, 2014

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  Let me be clear. George S. Kaufman is one of my heroes, and his collaborations with Moss Hart were defining moments in the golden age of American comedy. But his partnerships with other others were ...

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It’s My Life

by John Rodat July 3, 2014

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  Chances are, Obvious Child will not be a particularly controversial movie. Few indie romantic comedies are; they just don’t have the visibility. (And, the armchair sociologist in me thinks, they tend to be screened at ...

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