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Endured, Not Enjoyed

by John Rodat July 30, 2015

TRAINWRECK - 2015 FILM STILL - Pictured: Amy (AMY SCHUMER) chats it up with LEBRON JAMES as himself - Photo Credit: Mary Cybulski

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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, ...


Winter Storms

by James Yeara July 30, 2015


  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


  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


  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


  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


  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 ...


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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Glimmerglass Festival

by B.A. Nilsson July 23, 2015


  Even as the characters of Macbeth and his wife inspire each other to greater acts of infamy, so too do the roles that Verdi created vie in the realm of vocal demands. But with two ...

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Best of 2015: Arts & Entertainment

by The Staff July 23, 2015

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  Best Museum The Hyde Collection 161 Warren St., Glens Falls The Hyde Collection as it stands today is the product of generous 20th-century philanthropy and deft 21st-century vision. Earlier this month TripAdvisor, aka “the world’s largest travel website,” ...


Dark Magic

by Ralph Hammann July 16, 2015


  This is the best stage production of Cabaret I’ve seen, or am likely to see, in my lifetime. The Bob Fosse film, still the best film musical ever, rang the death knell for the original ...

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Crazy Fun

by James Yeara July 16, 2015

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  It was a tough off-season at Shakespeare and Company: Tony Simotes, 2014 artistic director and founding member of the troupe, “left” and was soon picked up by the Berkshire Theatre Group; the new executive director, ...

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A Joyful Sound

by Ralph Hammann July 16, 2015


  One of the best seldom-produced musicals, Bells are Ringing, is getting the full bells-and-whistles treatment at the Colonial by the most ridiculously talented cast and crew artistic director Kate Maguire has ever assembled. It is ...

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Opera Saratoga

by B.A. Nilsson July 16, 2015


  As Brian Castner and three of his fellow Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists are driving back to base from yet another mission while deployed in Iraq, the tension of the moment is jolted by a pigeon. ...

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Hearts Beat Faintly

by Ann Morrow July 16, 2015


Adapted from Vera Brittain’s much-admired, best-selling memoir of World War I, Testament of Youth should be better than it is. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander plays Vera with a flawless British accent and impeccable, lip-trembling emotion, ...


Berkshire Memories

by Shawn Stone July 16, 2015


  If you’ve ever hung out on the lawn to enjoy a concert at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., the new book by Gina Hyams, The Tanglewood Picnic, will stir your memory. It’s a ...


Love Among the Floribundas

by Ann Morrow July 9, 2015


  Louis XIV, the Sun King, who made absolute monarchy a divine right, is getting older. And his new palace at Versailles has been under construction for ages, and still isn’t worthy of his absolute divineness. ...


False Hearts

by Ralph Hammann July 9, 2015


  The WTF’s new artistic director, Mandy Greenfield, is boldly setting her own course at the theater that built much of its reputation on reviving classics of American and world theater. Of the eight plays (two ...

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Drops of Magic

by James Yeara July 9, 2015


  Owen Smith, producing artistic director, gave the best criticism for Park Playhouse’s 27th annual production, this year’s Singin’ in the Rain, a 1983 musical based on the immortal MGM 1952 film of the same name ...

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Addled and Elevating

by Ralph Hammann July 2, 2015


  When one first encounters David Adkins as Henry David Thoreau on the Unicorn’s dark stage, he is crowing in discordant concert with a rooster, putting one more in anticipation of Peter Pan than the transcendentalist ...

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From Court to Battle to Bar, Bracingly

by B.A. Nilsson July 2, 2015


  It’s almost insulting to our received images of warfare, this Battle of Agincourt, with a handful of black-clad actors suffering slo-mo agonies while the stage is littered with drapes of red. Since scenes of actual ...

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Life Lessons

by Shawn Stone July 2, 2015


  Spoiler alert: The “girl” dies. The “me” in the title Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann), an awkward high school senior wracked by self-loathing who has worked really hard to ...


Live and Let Laugh

by Shawn Stone June 25, 2015

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  The latest Melissa McCarthy comedy is a shrewd, funny send-up of spy films, complete with a Bond-style theme song, a smashing opening set piece and enough world travel to give Daniel Craig jet lag. McCarthy ...


Boston Early Music Festival

by B.A. Nilsson June 25, 2015


  The greatest tribute to the power of Claudio Monteverdi’s music (and the damn fine story it set) occurred during the second half of Orfeo, as the title character made his way out of the underworld, ...

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Candy-Colored Despair

by Shawn Stone June 25, 2015


  The hitmakers at Pixar—led by Pete Docter, director of Up and one of the key writers on the Toy Story series—take us literally into the mind of a girl on the cusp of childhood’s end ...


Good Grief

by B.A. Nilsson June 25, 2015


  Before God, there was Gilgamesh. His story is one of the oldest known narratives, with many of its elements echoed in later sacred and secular epics. The Epic of Gilgamesh tells the story of the ...

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