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Northeast Ballet presents magical ‘Nutcracker’

SCHENECTADY

Northeast Ballet presents magical ‘Nutcracker’

Northeast Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” on Sunday at Proctors was a magical and satisfying afternoon for a near-capacity crowd, most of them children.

Reindeer games: MacDonald glowing over 'Rudolph' role

Reindeer games: MacDonald glowing over 'Rudolph' role

“Everyone can relate to a time in their life when they just didn’t fit in," says actress Natalie MacDonald.

Actors shine brighter than story in ‘Star Quality’

"Occasionally the gears grind," but the Schenectady Civic Players make the Noel Coward story into a "pleasant diversion."

‘Star Quality’ actress sees character’s many facets

‘Star Quality’ actress sees character’s many facets

Portraying Lorraine Barrie in Christopher Luscombe’s adaptation of Noel Coward’s “Star Quality” is giving Jean T. Carney the opportunity to play a couple of different character types. “I get to play somebody who is mercurial, who changes from being charming to someone who changes her tack to get exactly what she wants,” said Carney, a Glenville native who has been a steady presence for the Schenectady Civic Players both on stage and behind the curtain since 2009.

Capital Rep’s ‘Camelot’ is truly enchanted

Capital Rep’s ‘Camelot’ is truly enchanted

In "Camelot," director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill has taken a page from director John Doyle’s playbook, calling for actors to be the show’s musicians, or the musicians to be the show’s actors, so seamless are the transitions.

Music, ballets launch holiday season early

Music, ballets launch holiday season early

Holiday programs with plenty of variety begin early this year.

Acting, technical pleasures highlight 'Curious Incident'

SCHENECTADY

Acting, technical pleasures highlight 'Curious Incident'

There is no denying the theatrical pleasures in the award-winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”

Rideout’s versatility will be on display in Cap Rep’s ‘Camelot’

Rideout’s versatility will be on display in Cap Rep’s ‘Camelot’

Every time Leenya Rideout updates her resume, she wonders just how much information she should include.

Actress says ‘Curious Incident’ exceeds expectations

Actress says ‘Curious Incident’ exceeds expectations

When Maria Elena Ramirez saw “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” on Broadway almost two years ago, she knew she was watching something very special.

Local star heads to Broadway

CLIFTON PARK

Local star heads to Broadway

The Clifton Park native is heading to the big apple to preform in a Broadway production of the musical “Waitress.”

Writer calls title most risqué thing about ‘Sex Tips’

Writer calls title most risqué thing about ‘Sex Tips’

Matt Murphy had a pretty good idea that “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man” would work well in New York City. But what about Des Moines, Iowa?

'Dirty Dancing' drags on but crowd loves it

'Dirty Dancing' drags on but crowd loves it

The remembrance of things past has a strong pull on all of us — and it has extended into the world of musical theater.

Cast does excellent job in not-so 'Wonderful World'

ALBANY

Cast does excellent job in not-so 'Wonderful World'

Albany Civic’s very capable cast is on point, but there's not much else wonderful in Richard Dresser's "Wonderful World."

Student rapper to perform in show at Tang

Student rapper to perform in show at Tang

Synclaire Rowen hasn’t seen “Hamilton” yet, but she knows she’s going to enjoy every minute. “I would love to see it, and I’m going to, but the fact that it happened, that hip-hop and rap worked for a general audience is great,” said Rowen, a senior at Saratoga Springs High School. Before she sees “Hamilton,” Rowen has some hip-hop and rap songs of her own she’ll be performing between 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday as part of the Skidmore College Arts Fest, “Dear America: History Meets Hip-Hop at the Tang Museum.”

‘Dirty Dancing’ puts Baby, Johnny on stage

‘Dirty Dancing’ puts Baby, Johnny on stage

Of all the blockbuster movies out there that seemed destined for the stage, few if any would have better prospects than 1987’s “Dirty Dancing.” The stage version, now in its third year of the North American Tour, is coming to Proctors for eight performances in six days beginning next Tuesday.

Restrained character a challenge for actor

Restrained character a challenge for actor

Playing the pensive, soft-spoken guy on stage is a bit harder than you might think. That’s the task put before George Filieau this month as he tackles the role of Judge Haywood in the Classic Theatre Guild production of “Judgment at Nuremberg,” opening Friday at Congregation Beth Israel in Schenectady.

You'll enjoy 'Farragut North' — if election fatigue hasn't set in

You'll enjoy 'Farragut North' — if election fatigue hasn't set in

For those who enjoyed binge watching the brutal backstabbing and dirty political trickery in the Netflix series “House of Cards”, there is much to love in Beau Willimon’s thrill ride of a play, "Farragut North."

Musicians of Ma’alwyck, Loose Change collaborate for concert

LOUDONVILLE

Musicians of Ma’alwyck, Loose Change collaborate for concert

A collaboration between the Musicians of Ma’alwyck and the Loose Change Dance Collective on Saturday night made for a musical adventure in at Siena College.

Stars on stage: Six high school performers ready for limelight

Stars on stage: Six high school performers ready for limelight

Hundreds of Capital Region teens will be on stage or in the wings this fall, as curtains rise on high school productions. Here are profiles of six of those actors and actresses.

Political junkie right at home directing play

Political junkie right at home directing play

Being the political junkie he is, Steve Fletcher didn’t have to think twice when Carol Max asked him to direct “Farragut North,” Beau Willimon’s 2008 play about political campaigning during the presidential primary season. The Curtain Call Theatre production opens Friday and runs through Nov. 26.

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