Abby Lublin plucks a name out of a coffee can and summons him to the small, makeshift stage at the front of the bar where a rapt audience waits to see what he has to say.
The man, Albany resident Chris Tomaso, isn’t a comedian or a musician. But he is, in his own way, an entertainer. He leans into the microphone, and begins to spin a tale about his cousins and the trip they all took to Europe years ago.
Tomaso is followed by Schenectady resident Linda Wicks, who talks movingly about her older brother.
Tomaso and Wicks are telling stories as part of The Front Parlor, a monthly storytelling series at The Ale House, a neighborhood bar in Troy.