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Review: Dark homage to 'Peanuts' funny, absorbing
ALBANY

Review: Dark homage to 'Peanuts' funny, absorbing

Sunday, May 31, 2015
Review: “Dog Sees God,” the second offering of a new troupe that has corralled some of the area’s best actors/techies to mount unusual scripts, is an homage, of sorts, though unauthorized by the Charles Schulz Estate, to the comic strip “Peanuts.” And, except for an unnecessary peroration, it’s a funny and absorbing piece of theater, expertly performed.
 
Shakespeare & Co. puts spotlight on women

Shakespeare & Co. puts spotlight on women

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Tod Randolph may love Shakespeare, but there is an issue she would enjoy addressing with the Bard of Avon.
“There are 10 men for every one woman in his plays,” said Randolph, a long-time member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. But women on stage isn’t a problem these days, especially at Shakespeare & Company. Under Artist Director Tina Packer, the company is beginning its 38th season in the Berkshires with a production of “The How and the Why,” Sarah Treem’s new play about two female biologists who meet for the first time on the eve of a national conference.
 
‘Pippin’ is ultra-sweet show with dynamic talents
SCHENECTADY

‘Pippin’ is ultra-sweet show with dynamic talents

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
“Pippin” is a groaning board of desserts, and for the first act, it is worth the money you have to spend on a night out. Fill up on those colorful costumes; gorge on the acrobatics; smack your lips over the dancing; savor the stage effects; and tickle your belly with sugary pop ’70s tunes (music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz).
 

'Vanya and Sonia and Masha...' and not enough humor

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” lacks the humor needed to give it the spark
 
Here comes summer: Our picks for the best in the arts

Here comes summer: Our picks for the best in the arts

Friday, May 22, 2015
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and the calendar is crammed with theater, music, dance and art shows. The Gazette’s arts writers have pored over the calendar, and chosen a few highlights. Here’s what they say you shouldn’t miss.
 
Actress enjoys challenge of egocentric character

Actress enjoys challenge of egocentric character

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Christina Reeves can’t think of too many good things to say about her character in Christopher Durang’s 2013 Broadway hit, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” so she’ll just cut to the chase.
“She is likable,” said Reeves, who plays Masha in the Curtain Call Theatre production of Durang’s 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, opening Friday and running through June 27.
 
Opera adds comic note to Ukrainian history
ALBANY

Opera adds comic note to Ukrainian history

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Commonwealth Lyric Theater production from Boston and the local Zorepad Ukrainian Dance Ensemble will join forces to stage "Cossack Beyond the Danube," a comic opera, in Albany Friday.
 
 High-flying ‘Pippin’ brings Adrienne Barbeau back to stage
SCHENECTADY

High-flying ‘Pippin’ brings Adrienne Barbeau back to stage

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
“Pippin,” the medieval musical about a young prince in search of the meaning in life, is coming to Proctors for a six-day run.
 
Taiwanese troup spread joy through dance
ALBANY

Taiwanese troup spread joy through dance

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Ancient traditions from Taiwan — the songs, dances and highly adorned costumes — swept across The Egg stage on Tuesday night in a parade that was beautiful for its simplicity and sincerity.
 
Oddball podcast 'Night Vale' landing at Egg

Oddball podcast 'Night Vale' landing at Egg

Thursday, May 14, 2015
A stage version of the quirky twice-a-month Internet podcast "Welcome to Night Vale" is set to descend on The Egg. There are no elaborate sets, no gaudy costumes. It’s a lot like watching an old-time radio show in production.
 
Broadway hit ‘Mamma Mia!’ returning to Proctors
SCHENECTADY

Broadway hit ‘Mamma Mia!’ returning to Proctors

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The most successful “jukebox musical” in history is coming to Proctors for the fourth time since 2006.
 
Mavis Staples, Wynton Marsalis added to Proctors lineup
SCHENECTADY

Mavis Staples, Wynton Marsalis added to Proctors lineup

Monday, May 11, 2015
Proctors has added dozens of new shows for the fall, winter and spring.
 
‘Becky’s New Car’ a fun ride

‘Becky’s New Car’ a fun ride

Monday, May 11, 2015
Not memorable theater, but 'Becky' is worth a spin
 
SCHENECTADY

Schenectady Light Opera Company hams it up in amusing ‘Spamalot’

Saturday, May 9, 2015
The Schenectady Light Opera Company closed its 88th season in hilarious fashion, exploiting the considerable musical and comic resources at its disposal and turning over the whole royal mess to director — and clown prince himself — Adam Coons and producer Jennifer Larsen.
 
Show brings iconic ‘I Love Lucy’ stars to life

Show brings iconic ‘I Love Lucy’ stars to life

Thursday, May 7, 2015
The great ones, Mark Tracy will tell you, never get old or outdated.
 
 

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