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Follow You Down

by Laura Leon October 2, 2014

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  Somewhere in L.A., a despondent Milo (Bill Hader) slits his wrists to a blaring backdrop of Blondie. Across the country, his estranged twin Maggie (Kristin Wiig) contemplates swallowing a handful of pills. The symbiotic cord that ...

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No Blarney

by James Yeara October 2, 2014

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  Two wooden chairs flank one wooden table, and a wooden podium stands downstage right. The curved two-story projection screen runs the 40-plus feet wide upstage, a soft green light cast from the top of the ...

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Fear and Loathing in Palm Springs

by Alexander M. Stern October 2, 2014

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  Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities is—on the surface—another play about dysfunctional family dynamics. What revelations will surface, like bloated corpses, from the murky bottom of everyone’s collective past once granny’s had one too many ...

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The Bing Bamboo Room Shows Its Legs

by Ann Morrow October 1, 2014

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  “Never, ever, did I think it would last this long,” says Jim Romano, AKA Mr. James, of his burlesque show, the Bing Bamboo Room. “Every year, Guy Smiley and I would have to pinch ourselves ...

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Are We Related?

by Laura Leon September 25, 2014

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  Based on the popular (or so I’m told) novel by screenwriter Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I Leave You is one of those movies whose preview has garnered a lot of buzz. I can’t tell ...

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Paris When It Drizzles

by Ann Morrow September 25, 2014

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  The old lady in My Old Lady is played by Maggie Smith, but don’t let the cast—which includes Kevin Kline and Kristen Scott-Thomas—lure you into this tepid-at-best family drama centered on a genteel apartment in ...

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Mr. Broadway

by James Yeara September 25, 2014

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  The genius of Jim Brochu’s Character Man: A Musical Memoir shows smartly in its simple setting: “Now and Then, Backstage or out front of a theatre.” A concert piano sits upstage right; two red theater ...

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A Really Big Show

by Shawn Stone September 25, 2014

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  After Stanley Kramer’s 1963 smash It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, “big” comedies became the fashion. Traditionally, comedies were usually 90 minutes or less; after Mad squared, Hollywood considered comedy a genre worthy of ...

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Centuries House

by Ann Morrow September 18, 2014

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  At 48 Hudson Ave., where the Albany Convention Center was planned to be, a seemingly dilapidated building was festooned with fairy lights. Inside, past patchy brick walls and rough-hewn planks, there were streamers and champagne ...

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Minimal Rescue

by Laura Leon September 18, 2014

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  Soaking in the atmosphere of old bars where the leather seats are taped over and there are decades-old ghost vapors of thousands of cigarettes smoked, The Drop transports screenwriter Dennis Lehane’s usual milieu to Brooklyn, ...

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Shaken, Not Stirred

by Alexander M. Stern September 18, 2014

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  Curtain Call kicks off its 15th season with the regional premiere of A.R. Gurney’s Family Furniture, a wickedly funny piece of postwar Americana. It is summertime on the shores of Lake Erie. Here, Buffalo’s elite play ...

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Fall Arts Preview

by The Staff September 11, 2014

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  Pop Music The Armory 195 Washington Ave., Albany, 512-5203. 9/24: Safe in Sound Festival featuring Destroid, Flux Pavilion, Zeds Dead. 10/25: Festival of the Dead. 11/21: Pierce the Veil, Sleeping with Sirens. 11/25: Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies. Bearsville Theater 291 Tinker ...

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The Thrill is Gone

by Laura Leon September 4, 2014

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  I love thrillers in which you can’t tell who’s really the bad guy, and where there are suspenseful chase scenes, although, admittedly, my tastes kind of run the gamut from Charade to The Bank Job, ...

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Chekhov Chuckles

by James Yeara August 28, 2014

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  Christopher Durang’s 2013 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike does to Anton Chekhov what Durang’s surreal comedy classic The Actor’s Nightmare did to Beckett, Coward, Shakespeare, and Robert Bolt (A Man for All Seasons), ...

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Going His Way

by Shawn Stone August 28, 2014

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  A guy walks into Father James’ confessional and tells him he’s going to kill him in a week’s time. The guy explains that, as a kid, he was a victim of brutal sexual abuse at ...

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Me Me Me

by Shawn Stone August 28, 2014

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  Having never read the novel on which If I Stay is based, I can’t judge the merits of Gayle Forman’s book. But the film version, which tells the story of a talented teen named Mia ...

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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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