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‘Blue-Sky Boys’ a whimsical mash-up of science, history

ALBANY

‘Blue-Sky Boys’ a whimsical mash-up of science, history

Thanks to playwright Deborah Brevoort’s whimsical mash-up of discovery, history and comic book heroes you really don’t need to. She has captured that it all, creating an entertaining and winning evening of theater.

Ready to roar: 'Lion King' to begin month-long run

SCHENECTADY

Ready to roar: 'Lion King' to begin month-long run

It doesn’t take long to find yourself getting wrapped up in “The Lion King.”

SCHENECTADY

'Hair' starting to gray in fine production by SLOC

“Gee, your hair smells terrific,” said no one who has ever experienced a production of "Hair.”

SCHENECTADY

Civic Players have 'Measure' of success with tough Shakespeare play

Shakespeare's never easy and "Measure for Measure" is harder still. So kudos to Schenectady City Players for tackling the play with gusto.

NYC Ballet members cherish SPAC memories

NYC Ballet members cherish SPAC memories

In the summer of 1965, New York City Ballet headlined a top-tier tour of Europe with stops in Athens, Venice, London and Paris. So when the dancers got word that their 1966 summer season would be in a small city in upstate New York, it was a letdown. That is, until they arrived in Saratoga Springs as the curtain raiser for the brand new Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

'Blue-Sky Boys' at Cap Rep celebrates science, creativity

ALBANY

'Blue-Sky Boys' at Cap Rep celebrates science, creativity

The play was inspired by the women of Lockerbie, Scotland, who collected clothes from the bombing victims of Pan Am 103 in December of 1988, washed them and returned them to the families. There were 243 passengers and 16 crew killed in the tragedy.

SLOC cast to bare all in production of 'Hair'

SCHENECTADY

SLOC cast to bare all in production of 'Hair'

“Hair” is coming to the Schenectady Light Opera Company stage this month, and while some members of the cast might do a little late-show improvising when it comes to baring all, Nick Muscatiello is ready to take the plunge.

Today! Sunday with Sophia Loren

SCHENECTADY

Today! Sunday with Sophia Loren

In “A Sunday with Sophia Loren” at Proctors, the actress will talk about her career, her family and her friends. It is the first of four shows on her U.S. tour, including two stops in Florida and one in Dallas later this month.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Nacre’s annual spring concert a disjointed affair

Last year, Beth Fecteau, artistic director of Nacre Dance Company, had a great idea.

New arts consortium will promote dance

ALBANY

New arts consortium will promote dance

“Pathways to Dance” means a path to the Catskill Mountains and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp.

Choreographer Tharp to discuss career at UAlbany Tuesday night

Choreographer Tharp to discuss career at UAlbany Tuesday night

Renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp will discuss her career at a special event at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Page Hall, 135 Western Ave., on the University at Albany Downtown Campus.

Rock musical shines light on Andrew Jackson

ALBANY

Rock musical shines light on Andrew Jackson

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is a rock musical that tells the story of the nation’s seventh president and the creation of the modern Democratic party. Michael Friedman wrote the music and lyrics and Alex Timbers penned the book and directed the show when it premiered in Los Angeles in 2008 and for its Broadway debut in September of 2010.

LATHAM

Theatre Review: 'Glengarry Glen Ross’ a fascinating character study

At one point in this crackling good production of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winner, a desperate Shelly Levene (Jack Fallon) says to boss John Williamson (Patrick White), “You got an advantage on me.”

Actors’ instincts bring ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ to life

LATHAM

Actors’ instincts bring ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ to life

Steve Fletcher is directing “Glengarry Glen Ross,” David Mamet’s 1984 Pulitzer Prize winner about four high-end real estate salesmen, at Curtain Call Theatre.

Opera-to-Go creates superhero show for kids

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Opera-to-Go creates superhero show for kids

Opera Saratoga’s Opera-to-Go program, which annually brings a kids’ opera to more than 50 schools in three states, starts its free local public performances this Saturday.

Flurry of activity: Festival provides lots of dancing, music

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Flurry of activity: Festival provides lots of dancing, music

One room was so full of eager dancers on Saturday that the attendant at the door was turning people away. That’s not uncommon at the Flurry, the annual three-day “smorgasbord of music, dancing, singing, jamming and storytelling” that regularly draws about 5,000 people to the city.

Dance based on passionate ‘Kiss’ takes clinical, not fiery, approach

Choreographers Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly based their “Reusable Parts/Endless Love” on Tino Sehgal’s “Kiss,” an art installation featuring two people rolling around a museum floor in a desirous kiss. Expectations are bent toward the hot and impassioned, but it's a work that is clinical and even humorous.

Stand-up comic says family inspired his act

ALBANY

Stand-up comic says family inspired his act

When Sebastian Maniscalco left Chicago and headed west to Los Angeles 18 years ago, his goal was to make it as a comic. TV and film work were not really in the picture. “When I moved out here my goal was to make a living doing stand-up,” said Maniscalco, who is bringing his act, “Aren’t You Embarrassed,” to The Egg in Albany for two shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

A Flurry of dance on tap for Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS

A Flurry of dance on tap for Saratoga

Bruce Hamilton teaches country-style, and knows dances like the “All Saints Day,” “Jack’s Health” and the “Three Sea Captains.”

Actress revels in drama for 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Actress revels in drama for 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

Alyssa Jones loves to sing, but she won’t be limiting herself to the musical theater anytime soon. “At Hudson Falls [High School], you weren’t allowed to do the spring musical if you didn’t also audition for the fall play,” said Jones, who is starring as Maggie in Tennessee Williams’ classic story, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” opening Friday at Home Made Theater in Saratoga Springs.

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