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Smokey Joe’s Café

by The Staff July 10, 2014

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  This is the longest running revue in Broadway history, and it’s coming to Albany’s Capital Rep this week. A collection of 39 hits by the dynamic songwriter team of Mike Leiber and Jerry Stoller, Smokey ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone June 12, 2014

  ATTENTION ASPIRING YOUNG THESPIANS  If you haven’t yet signed up for theater camp, it’s not too late. Capital Repertory Theatre is hosting a week-long Acting Intensive in August for teenagers. It will be taught by “theater ...

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Righteously Sexy

by James Yeara May 22, 2014

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  The 2014 version of The God Game begins, appropriately enough, with a tease. An attractive blonde stands in an oval office, slowly stripping as a handsome salt-and-pepper-haired man sits in his upholstered, high-back executive chair ...

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Gypsy

by The Staff March 12, 2014

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  Originally produced on Broadway by David Merrick and with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Gypsy: A Musical Fable is the ultimate stage-mother musical. It tells the ...

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The Mountaintop

by The Staff January 16, 2014

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  Capital Repertory Theatre’s next production, opening this week, is Katori Hall’s acclaimed Broadway and West End drama The Mountaintop. Set at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel the night of April 3, 1968, The Mountaintop imagines Martin Luther ...

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The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers

by The Staff July 3, 2013

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  Capital Repertory Theatre wants to perk up your summer with the world premiere of The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers, a new country & western musical by Lori Fischer and Don Chaffer. It’s the story of a ...

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Red

by The Staff April 18, 2013

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  Set in Mark Rothko’s Manhattan studio in 1958, John Logan’s gritty, Tony Award-winning drama Red presents the great abstract expressionist at the peak of his career. He’s working on a major commission, but is also ...

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Single Girls Guide

by The Staff February 28, 2013

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  There’s a saucy new musical opening at Capital Repertory Theatre this week. Single Girls Guide is set in the swinging, Mad Men-era 1960s—a pretty world of cocktails and fab parties. As the press notes promise, ...

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Race

by The Staff January 10, 2013

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  Capital Repertory Theatre clearly decided it was a good idea to kick off the 2013 with something bracing, as their first production of the year is a drama by David Mamet. Race, a 2009 Broadway success, ...

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Short and Too Sweet

by James Yeara December 6, 2012

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  Frank Capra’s 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life is a beloved holiday classic today. The two-hour-and-10-minute black-and-white film is as sentimental as movies come (“Capra-corn”), but there’s an edge to it, as there is in ...

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This Wonderful Life

by The Staff November 20, 2012

  Take a moment and reach into your pocket—did you find Zuzu’s petals? As you might have guessed from the slightly altered title, This Wonderful Life is an adaptation of Frank Capra’s holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful ...

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#Jane Austen #Funny

by James Yeara October 17, 2012

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  Fans of Jane Austen will swoon over Pride@Prejudice, a smartly rendered saunter through the key characters and relationships of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with added footnotes, side notes, literary and psychological analysis, letters from Austen ...

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Savagely Funny

by John Rodat May 10, 2012

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  For a play with such an apocalyptic title, the setting and stakes of God of Carnage are mundane: Two couples, the Raleighs and the Novaks, meet in the Cobble Hill apartment of the latter, to ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone April 26, 2012

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DON’T TRY THE COBBLER  The big news this week is the opening of the regional premiere of Yasmina Reza’s hit comedy God of Carnage at Capital Repertory Theatre (111 N. Peal St., Albany). It’s been ...

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Soul to Soul

by James Yeara March 22, 2012

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The first song starts immediately once the lights fade into a blackout, and “Down on Me” reverberates like a call from the shores of the Hudson River far beyond the walls of the theater. Then ...

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Best of 2011: Theater

by The Staff January 5, 2012

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Critic: James Yeara Best of 2011 1. Crowns Capital Repertory Theatre Crowns was the type of show that created a new community that hummed, swayed, and looked for hats all of its own. This was a show that deserved ...

Kingdom of the Shore

by The Staff April 20, 2011

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In this TV world, one of the many joys of live theater is the immediacy of its creation and performance. And theater doesn’t get much closer to home than when a regional theater develops and ...

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Hat and Heart

by James Yeara March 23, 2011

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"Hats are like people: Sometimes they REVEAL and sometimes they CONCEAL.” Roman Tataowicz’s set for Crowns bears the quote in raised relief like a memorial on a false procenium of smooth cream plaster. Beneath it, ...

Crowns

by The Staff March 2, 2011

Her 2002 gospel-infused musical Crowns, inspired by the photography book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, is getting its regional premiere at Capital Repertory Theater this week, and promises soulful music, powerful stories ...

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That’s Entertainment

by James Yeara February 9, 2011

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‘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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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 ...