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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.

ALBANY

Strong cast turns in hot performance of 'Ain't Misbehavin'

Deceptively simple, the musical revue “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” is a stealth social snapshot of race and race relations in the great American jazz age of the 1920s and ’30s.

Singer calls ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ ’ truly American

ALBANY

Singer calls ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ ’ truly American

Hayes Fields, one of five singers in a cast of nine performers sharing the stage in the Albany Civic Theater’s production of “Ain’t Misbehavin,’ ” says jazz music "truly is an American form of music."

Ringwald enjoys fans’ love for ‘Breakfast Club’

SCHENECTADY

Ringwald enjoys fans’ love for ‘Breakfast Club’

Molly Ringwald, voted the top teenager star of all time by VH-1, will be at Proctors Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for “Molly Ringwald Revisits the Breakfast Club,” a screening of the 1985 blockbuster and then a conversation and question-and-answer session.

Out of the fog comes a stellar ‘Sweeney Todd’ at SLOC

Out of the fog comes a stellar ‘Sweeney Todd’ at SLOC

Actors Molly Rose McGrath and Michael A. Bellotti lead a rich, technically strong show.

'An American in Paris' to kick off Proctors' season

'An American in Paris' to kick off Proctors' season

It wasn’t much of a secret. Most everyone suspected that “An American in Paris” would begin its first national tour in Schenectady at Proctors, and they were right.

Garth Fagan Dance exuberant, explosive at Proctors

SCHENECTADY

Garth Fagan Dance exuberant, explosive at Proctors

Garth Fagan dancers spring straight into the air without any seeming preparation, have iron cores that allow them to bend and sway on one leg and they also can stop, stark still, in mid-momentum.

Manic and jolly, 'Explorers Club' an audience delight

SCHENECTADY

Manic and jolly, 'Explorers Club' an audience delight

A jolly good production of a jolly good script.

Quibbles aside, Cap Rep play an absorbing study

This world premiere of "Naked Influence" is worth your attention.

Reading script won actress over to role in farce

Reading script won actress over to role in farce

Cristine M. Loffredo has a lengthy list of credits with the Schenectady Civic Players. But she hasn't done a farce like “The Explorers Club.”

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.

Despite 'Subtle’ bump, Brown program proves inspiring

For the past two years, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence has spent creative time at Williams College. While there, he and his band of eight dancers enjoyed the privilege of uninterrupted time and space while the community soaked up his artistic teachings and, consequently, inspiration.

Cap Rep premiere spotlights women’s issues

ALBANY

Cap Rep premiere spotlights women’s issues

Suzanne Bradbeer’s new play,“Naked Influence,” will have its world premiere at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany.

'Prairie' host Garrison Keillor coming to Proctors

'Prairie' host Garrison Keillor coming to Proctors

“A Prairie Home Companion” isn’t coming to Proctors in Schenectady, but the man most responsible for its success, Garrison Keillor, is.

Singing, acting, sets delight in ‘Cinderella’

SCHENECTADY

Singing, acting, sets delight in ‘Cinderella’

The new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, playing at Proctors through Sunday, is a glorious visual treat, beautifully acted, and a great deal of it is truly enchanting.

Rodgers and Hammerstein legacy lives in ‘Cinderella,’ others

Rodgers and Hammerstein legacy lives in ‘Cinderella,’ others

For two guys born at the height of ragtime, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II are doing pretty well in the 21st century. Will they ever get old?

Musical ‘Cinderella’ star called ‘sweet perfection’

SCHENECTADY

Musical ‘Cinderella’ star called ‘sweet perfection’

To play someone like Cinderella, an actress must be prepared to sing, dance and act, and by all accounts Kaitlyn Davidson can do it all.

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