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Another Opening

by Kathryn Geurin February 23, 2011


Schenectady Light Opera Company was bustling on Monday evening as the company prepared for Friday’s opening performance of The Drowsy Chaperone. Actors filed on stage for mic checks as crew members brushed fresh paint onto ...

Good Grief

by John Rodat February 9, 2011

Though Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead has no official association with the estate of Charles M. Schulz—a fact the program notes are careful to highlight—the inspiration for the show is blatant: What ...

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That’s Entertainment

by James Yeara February 9, 2011


‘Seeing is believing,” Louis de Rougemont (Martin LaPlatney) declares in his concluding dare to the audience in Capital Repertory Theatre’s engaging production of Shiprwrecked! An Entertainment, an adventure of pure theatrical magic. From the moment ...

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To Life

by B.A. Nilsson January 5, 2011


MUSIC BY JERRY BOCK, LYRICS BY SHELDON HARNICK, BOOK BY JOSEPH STEIN, DIRECTED BY SAMMY DALLAS BAYES PROCTORS, THROUGH JAN. 9   When Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway in 1964, musical theater was still supplying songs ...


The Way We Were

by Kathryn Geurin August 4, 2010

Our Town is a play about simplicity. Simple words about simple people drifting through the simple acts of their daily living. And it’s a play about significance—about the import of those simple acts, about the ...

Not Just Another Brick in the Wall

by John Rodat February 18, 2010

OK, so, maybe it wasn’t exactly a burning question. But for certain types of pop-music fans in the audience, Spring Awakening, the Tony Award-winning musical, will certainly call to mind literate emo ...

Louche Laughs

by James Yeara February 11, 2010

There’s plenty of enjoyment in this Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Shakespeare & Company’s winter production of the 1987 Tony Award-nominated play (later made into the Oscar-winning 1988 film starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich). The play ...

Cruel to Be Kind

by John Rodat February 4, 2010

In the same week that I saw Confetti Stage’s version of Paul Rudnick’s play I Hate Hamlet, the playwright had a piece published in The New Yorker. Rudnick wrote a parodic internal memo in response ...

A Turn of Affairs

by James Yeara February 4, 2010

Lauded from its first performance in 1978, turned into a 1983 film starring Ben Kingsley and Jeremy Irons, frequently performed in area theaters, Betrayal is Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter’s most popular work. A tale ...

Puppet Regime

by Ann Morrow January 14, 2010

"You stink, Ubu,” says Ma Ubu. That opinion is a comical understatement, and in Ubu Rex, under- stated—and underhanded—comedy abounds. Ubu is a tyrant and an ogre, and Ma Ubu is his opportunistic wife; together ...