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A Building With History

by Ali Hibbs June 11, 2015

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  “Studio 40B is an art gallery and production studio,” said Alex Stokes Contompasis at the studio’s grand opening last weekend. “And the headquarters of News World: Albany Banana Corps.” In a loud floral shirt and aviator ...

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Generation Gap

by B.A. Nilsson June 11, 2015

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  It’s a confrontation between rival evolutionary biologists; between feminists of different generations with different generational opinions; between a mother and the daughter she gave up for adoption three decades ago. The conflicts cross, of course, from ...

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War Games

by B.A. Nilsson June 6, 2015

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  To anyone of draftable age when “Pippin” arrived on Broadway in 1972, it remains the oddball offspring of Woodstock and the Vietnam War. It straddles history and fantasy, casting far enough back for the war ...

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It’s No Game

by Shawn Stone June 6, 2015

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  This French thriller begins with the return of a prodigal. Twenty-something Agnes (Adele Haenel) is returning home after the failure of her marriage. When she’s met at the terminal by her mother’s lawyer, Maurice Agnelet ...

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Wide Awake Summer Reading

by Ann Morrow June 6, 2015

  These are not read-at-the-beach books, simply because they are too hard to put down, and also because the writing styles of both authors deserve sustained attention. Joyce Carol Oates, a multiple Pulitzer-Prize nominee, often writes ...

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Pretty, Lifeless

by Ann Morrow May 28, 2015

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  In Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s staid take on Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From the Madding Crowd, farmer Oak, the sheepherder who falls in love with willful Bathsheba Everdene, does not utter his famous lines of ...

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War of Words

by James Yeara May 28, 2015

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Barrington Stage Company 2015
By Richard Strand
Directed by Joseph Discher
Photos © Kevin Sprague
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David Schramm stars as Major General Butler and Maurice Jones makes his BSC debut as the slave, Shepard Mallory. Also in the cast are Ben Cole and John Hickok.

  “Astonishing,” or some variation or the word, is said frequently by the four characters in Butler, a historical comedy set at the beginning of the American Civil War. It’s also an apt word for how ...

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The Bard Plus

by B.A. Nilsson May 28, 2015

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The play that you see—the lighted, costumed, rehearsed finished product--evolves during the few weeks of rehearsal when the actors develop the characters they’ll portray and figure out the rhythm and movement of the piece. It’s ...

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Maxed Out

by Ann Morrow May 21, 2015

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  Take out the Mad Max part of the title and Mad Max: Fury Road might not be so infuriating. In this feverishly crazed reboot, there is a character named Max but he’s a wan facsimile ...

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Shout, Sister, Shout

by Shawn Stone May 21, 2015

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  Looser, less serious and considerably crasser than Pitch Perfect, this sequel is a lot more of the same dazzling and unutterably goofy a capella singing madness that made the original a cult hit—and so oddly ...

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Project: Rock and Roll

by Shawn Stone May 21, 2015

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  Who knew? The Who’s rise to fame and fortune began as a film project. This fascinating documentary fills in the gaps in the history of the legendary rock band by telling the story from the point ...

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Home Fires Burning

by James Yeara May 21, 2015

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  “Please don’t hurt me,” Child (Roxanne Fay) says periodically to the audience, her head turned aside, not making eye contact. The words slide into her story, almost like a codicil slipped into a will: not ...

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Pippin

by B.A. Nilsson May 21, 2015

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When John Rubinstein takes to the stage as King Charles in Pippin at Proctors May 26 (Tuesday) through the 31st, there will be no doubt that his is a regal presence. Rubinstein has earned it: ...

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Thespians

by Shawn Stone May 14, 2015

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  This beguiling, textured comedy-drama about actors, fame and the inevitability of, well, death, is the story of Maria (Juliette Binoche), a 40-something movie star and her relationships—with her managers, her accountant, her (estranged) husband, her ...

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Snake Oil Salesmen

by Ann Morrow May 14, 2015

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  The moniker “spin doctor” is a completely inadequate a term for the brazen deceit of the wielders of press and publicity in Merchants of Doubt, a documentary on how (and why) corporations misinform the American ...

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Glitter and Grit

by Shawn Stone May 14, 2015

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  “Jones and Barry are doing a show!” 42nd Street begins with a montage of show-biz folks excited that a couple of Broadway producers are back in business. No one in 1933 would be surprised at the ...

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Killer

by Shawn Stone May 9, 2015

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  Roger Corman’s 1967 gangster drama The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre remains as bluntly effective as a punch in the face. Newly released on a fine-looking Blu-ray, the film combines a faux documentary approach (complete with ...

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Lumbering Toward Destiny

by Shawn Stone May 7, 2015

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  Age of Ultron is generally more enjoyable than the first Avengers movie. Ultron (voiced by James Spader), as a colleague pointed out, is not as interesting a villain as Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) brother Loki (Tom ...

The Emerson Quartet

by B.A. Nilsson May 7, 2015

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  The concert finished abruptly, in mid-phrase. The players lowered their instruments and it became clear to the puzzled audience that, for whatever reason, the piece they were playing had finished. The reason is that Bach died ...

Union College Memorial Chapel

The Man Who Came to Dinner

by James Yeara May 4, 2015

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  George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart were comedic geniuses. Their collaborations may be 80-some-odd years old now, but they still can please an audience. This past fall, their 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy You Can’t Take ...

Spa Little Theater

Ancient Artistry

by Ann Morrow May 1, 2015

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  The portrait of a grieving angel has the surface cracks and warm patina of an artwork from antiquity, but it’s not—in fact, this angel with the lemon-yellow hair is a very new work, created by ...

American Italian Heritage Museum

Ex Machina

by Shawn Stone May 1, 2015

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  This is turning out to be a great year for artificial intelligence at the movies. Neill Blomkamp’s terrific Chappie may have may have primarily an action flick with a surfeit of human grotesques, but it ...

Spring Arts Preview

by Shawn Stone February 26, 2015

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  Pop Music The Armory 195 Washington Ave., Albany, 694-7160. May 5: Halestorm. Bearsville Theatre 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, (845) 679-446. March 14: Kristin Diable. March 19: Ed Romanoff and Clive Barnes. March 22: David Bromberg Quintet. April 4: Preservation Hall Jazz ...

All 86 (plus one) Best Picture Oscar Winners, Ranked

by Shawn Stone February 22, 2015

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  From worst to first. I would probably rank Patton higher on a different day. I also included Sunrise, which was awarded Best Artistic Production at the first Academy Awards.   86. Slumdog Millionaire The absolute worst. 85. The English ...

Winter’s Warm Glow

by James Yeara February 21, 2015

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  It takes a lot to entice people out into the brutal Ethan Frome weather we’re having, when the cold winds of New England bite down onto the white bones of its inhabitants. With the snow ...

Barrington Stage Company