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Murder for Two

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  Capital Repertory Theatre’s current production, Murder for Two, lays it all out in the title. It’s two-handed musical comedy mystery with one actor playing the detective (Brandon Lambert through July 19, followed by Ian Lowe) ...

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by The Staff February 26, 2015


  There were a variety of ways a wealthy early-20th-century socialite could express her interest in music, from hosting salons to becoming a patron of the symphony or opera. Manhattan’s Florence Foster Jacobs was different: Despite ...

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How Water Behaves

by The Staff January 15, 2015


  Metroland critic James Yeara has often praised the Next Act! New Play Summit, collaboration between Capital Repertory Theatre and Proctors, as one of the most exciting local theater happenings of the last few years, Sherry ...

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Best of Theater 2014

by James Yeara December 31, 2014


  1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare & Company Outgoing Artistic Director Tony Simotes ends his reign on a high note with his New Orleans-inspired A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s indestructible comedy finds new depths with the “acto-muso” ...

Pure Magic

by James Yeara December 11, 2014


  Spirits haunt Capital Rep’s current production of the Tony Award-winning The Secret Garden, and that’s a good thing. They are not the Ghosts of Xmas Past, Present, and Future, nor is it the malevolent spirit ...

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The Secret Garden

by The Staff November 21, 2014


  Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill is directing the Frances Hodgson Burnett classic The Secret Garden, which opens this week (Tuesday) and is Capital Repertory Theatre’s holiday gift to the Capital Region. This version is performed in “actor/muso” style, with ...

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Fear and Loathing in Palm Springs

by Alexander M. Stern October 2, 2014


  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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Smokey Joe’s Café

by The Staff July 10, 2014


  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 ...

Righteously Sexy

by James Yeara May 22, 2014


  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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by The Staff March 12, 2014


  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


  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


  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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by The Staff April 18, 2013


  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


  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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by The Staff January 10, 2013


  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


  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


  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


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


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


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


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


"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, ...