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Comedy and magic on tap to entertain kids

Comedy and magic on tap to entertain kids

A man of generous proportion lands a flying sleigh on top of a house and jumps down the chimney. Chad Dietz can appreciate the timing, balance and strength required for such an athletic gag. But the stunt isn’t in his bag of tricks.

Flashy ‘Hip Hop Nutcracker’ brings audience to its feet

“Hip Hop Nutcracker” has turned the classical ballet on its head.

Christmas sets stage for holiday traditions

Christmas sets stage for holiday traditions

In the category of Best Christmas Ever, the Franklin family Tony Award goes to 2015.

‘Nutcracker’ gets hip hop makeover

‘Nutcracker’ gets hip hop makeover

"The Hip Hop Nutcracker" show features DJ Boo, 11 dancers, an electric violinist and digital scenery that changes the traditional “Nutcracker” date from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. The opening party scene has become a block party in the Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan.

Two friends share lead in ‘White Christmas’

Two friends share lead in ‘White Christmas’

Kerry Conte and Rachel Rhodes-Devey have been rubbing elbows on the stage for quite a while now, as most people in the Indian Hills neighborhood of Slingerlands will tell you.

Good Grief! 30 kids in stage version of 'Charlie Brown Christmas'

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Good Grief! 30 kids in stage version of 'Charlie Brown Christmas'

The stage production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was adapted by Eric Schaeffer from the animated television special based on the comic strip “Peanuts,” by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965.

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A fine staging of 'Miracle on 34th Street' offered for Christmas

Niece Katie was once my co-reviewer for shows like this one, but she is now 17, a high school senior and a waitress, so our 10-year granddaughter, Hannah, was my companion for Saturday afternoon’s performance of the holiday classic "Miracle on 34th Street."

Moscow Ballet’s uneven ‘Nutcracker’: from tepid to astonishing

The Russians are known for their ballet, so expectations always run high when the Moscow Ballet makes its annual visit to the Palace Theatre for “The Nutcracker.”

Poor diction makes musical ‘Matilda’ hard to understand

Poor diction makes musical ‘Matilda’ hard to understand

One of the first rules of any kind of sharing in the theater is accessibility and sadly, a good deal of “Matilda: The Musical” is inaccessible.

Spirit is more important than red suit and beard, actor says

Spirit is more important than red suit and beard, actor says

For Patrick Quinn, playing Santa Claus is much more about the right feel and not so much the right look.

Race track announcer on different turf in Christmas play

Race track announcer on different turf in Christmas play

Tom Durkin always knew he would be a horse racing announcer. To better prepare for that career, the Chicago native thought majoring in drama at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, would be a good way to spend four years.

Theater openings just right for the season

Theater openings just right for the season

'Roses in December,' 'Every Christmas Story' both set to open in Albany area.

Fine actors can't save weak script in radio play

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Fine actors can't save weak script in radio play

Radio play on stage? Let’s be honest: You go to the theater (from the Greek for “a seeing place”) to watch things.

Showtime for students at Proctors

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Showtime for students at Proctors

“The first bus has arrived,” an organizer at Proctors said Friday morning, about 40 minutes before a production of “The Nutcracker” was set to hit the stage.

TV’s Trailer Park Boys just looking to cash in

TV’s Trailer Park Boys just looking to cash in

“Christmas is sleigh bells. Christmas is sharing ... Christmas is caring.” Naw, man. For Julian and Ricky, Christmas is boozing. Christmas is thievery. Christmas is prison.

Charming ‘Christmas Story’ at Cap Rep celebrates the good in humanity

Swagger and sentiment elevate "A Christmas Story" at Capital Repertory Theatre.

SCP show, exhibit, a tribute to radio tradition

SCP show, exhibit, a tribute to radio tradition

Those attending the holiday offering being staged at the Schenectady Civic Playhouse this month might also want to check out the exhibit in the theater’s greenroom.

Double humbug! Play within play has 2 Scrooges

Double humbug! Play within play has 2 Scrooges

Two Scrooges in one play? That’s the kind of challenge Karen Christina Jones can’t wait to tackle.

Actress loves story of ‘Matilda The Musical’

Actress loves story of ‘Matilda The Musical’

At 15 and with a wealth of experience already behind her in television and film, native Californian Cassie Silva left the West Coast and headed inland for Colorado. A few years later she kept on heading east all the way to New York.

Capital Region theaters put on family-friendly plays for holiday season

Capital Region theaters put on family-friendly plays for holiday season

Looking for that special holiday moment this year? Take the kids to the theater.

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