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The play’s the thing — but which one?

The play’s the thing — but which one?

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Picking a lineup of shows for the coming season is quite a challenge for local theater companies. You get just the mix you’re looking for and then you hope nobody within your area code had the same ideas.
 
Mohonasen teacher’s musical to open Friday

Mohonasen teacher’s musical to open Friday

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Writing songs was always something Gail Sparlin enjoyed doing, and turning them into a full-fledged musical has also been great fun.
 
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'Family Furniture' at Curtain Call is a winner

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
A.R. Gurney once wrote a stage adaptation of Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem “Richard Cory,” that ironic portrait of a rich, educated and stylish man who, to the shock of the working-class residents of a small town, commits suicide.
 

Local writer’s musical ‘Cassandra’ to premiere at Proctors

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
The project that Patrick Longo began 13 years ago will finally hit the stage Saturday afternoon when “Cassandra: The Musical,” makes its world premiere at Proctors in downtown Schenectady.
 
Actor finds a familiar setting in Curtain Call play

Actor finds a familiar setting in Curtain Call play

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Lecco Morris says he has no plans to choose a professional life over an artistic one. “I want to keep theater in my life my whole life,” said Morris, who is part of an ensemble cast in the Curtain Call Theatre production of A.R. Gurney’s play “Family Furniture."
 

Cast set for national tour of ‘Newsies’

Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Dan DeLuca, a Pittsburgh-area native who spent the past two summers at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont, has landed the role of Jack Kelly in “Newsies,” the smash Broadway musical that begins its first North American tour Oct. 11 in Schenectady at Proctors.
 

Production looks at changing gender roles

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
How much did a woman’s role change between 1970 and 2005? James Sherman explores that topic in his 2006 play, “Half and Half,” and this month at The Theater Barn in New Lebanon.
 
Read all about it: Proctors show one hot ticket
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Read all about it: Proctors show one hot ticket

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
By 8 a.m. Tuesday, two hours before tickets went on sale for “Newsies the Musical,” a line of people had set up camp with coffee and folding chairs outside the Proctors box office.
 

Fall Arts preview: Dance (with schedule)

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
Best bets in dance from writer Wendy Liberatore.
 
Fall Arts preview: Theater (with schedule)

Fall Arts preview: Theater (with schedule)

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
Theater critic Matthew G. Moross provides best bets on local stages this fall.
 

Actors to carry action in ACT’s minimal setting

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Whether you’re talking a realistic or minimalistic stage design, Rich Montena and John Birchler know one important key to success: very good actors.
 
Q & A: Actress says play like peeking through keyhole at family

Q & A: Actress says play like peeking through keyhole at family

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
In Tom Dudzick’s play “Lake Effect,” Hillary Parker’s character does have her anxious moments, which makes her performance both challenging and enjoyable.
 
‘Full Monty’ actor also known for his singing

‘Full Monty’ actor also known for his singing

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Like many talented teenagers with a great voice back in the 1970s, George Dvorsky had high hopes of becoming a pop star. That’s not how things turned out.
 
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Review: '50s play tackles drug addiction

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
Review: “A Hatful of Rain,” by Michael V. Gazzo, is included in John Gassner’s “Best American Plays 1951-1957,” alongside such enduring masterworks as “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “The Crucible.” If you want to see what the enthusiasm was about in 1955, you can catch a sturdy production of it by the Berkshire Theater Group.
 
Q & A: Banner’s art complemented mother’s dance writing

Q & A: Banner’s art complemented mother’s dance writing

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
Critic Mae Banner’s words brought dance to life. And when coupled with the fluid line drawings by her son Shawn Banner, the images conjured were richer, clearer and more satisfying to the reader.
 
 

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