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ALBANY

Albany Berkshire Ballet's flawed ‘Nutcracker’ still entertains

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Saturday’s matinee of the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s staging of the Christmas classic "The Nutcracker" at the Egg was not up to its usual par.
 
Musical ‘Elf’ at Proctors will be homecoming for choreographer

Musical ‘Elf’ at Proctors will be homecoming for choreographer

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
While his work has been praised in major cities such as New York, Washington and Chicago, Connor Gallagher thinks next week’s production of “Elf” at Proctors in Schenectady will be one of the high points of his brief but busy career as a professional choreographer.
 
Melodies of Christmas producer enjoys intricacy of setting the stage

Melodies of Christmas producer enjoys intricacy of setting the stage

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Thousands of people have watched the annual Melodies of Christmas extravaganza on television and even that many more have actually attended the four-day show, which opens today at Proctors Theatre.
 
Dad, son act together in 'Jungle Book'
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Dad, son act together in 'Jungle Book'

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Matthew Crowley may be putting his acting career on hold, but another member of the family, his 10-year-old son Ethan, is making his debut.
 
SCHENECTADY

‘Game’s Afoot’ not up to Schenectady Civic Players' effort

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
“The Game’s Afoot” — winner of the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and currently in production by the Schenectady Civic Players— is new to me, but I won’t be seeing it again.
 
Still a 'Wonderful Life'

Still a 'Wonderful Life'

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
For actors playing George Bailey in any stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” there’s an obvious issue that must be addressed. How do you deal with the iconic specter of Jimmy Stewart?
 
Dancers work seasonal magic in ‘Nutcracker’

Dancers work seasonal magic in ‘Nutcracker’

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
The Christmas party season has arrived with area productions of 'The Nutcracker'
 
ALBANY

Capital Rep's ‘Secret Garden’ solid, but long

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
Cap Rep production of "The Secret Garden" has stellar cast, strong singing.
 
ALBANY

Cap Rep's 'Secret Garden' cancelled tonight

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
Because of the illness of an actor in the cast of “The Secret Garden,” tonight’s 7:30 performance at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany has been cancelled
 
SCHENECTADY

Ballroom dance champs sizzle in Proctors show

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
Ballroom dance champions gathered at Proctors on Saturday for a dance contest that cracked and sizzled.
 
TROY

Erciyas' audience-participation piece ‘uncomfortable’

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
As seen on Friday night at EMPAC, “This Piece Is Still to Come,” an audience-participation show from Turkish dance maker Begum Erciya, was a typical RPI experience, which generally feels like slipping down a portal into an unknown and often uncomfortable exercise.
 
Mike Nichols, crafter of films, plays, dies at 83
NEW YORK

Mike Nichols, crafter of films, plays, dies at 83

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, has died.
 
Vogt-Welch hones British accent for ‘Secret Garden’

Vogt-Welch hones British accent for ‘Secret Garden’

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
The way she easily takes on a British accent, Mollie Vogt-Welch figures there must be some English aristocrats in her family tree.
 
ALBANY

Director, cast shine in ‘39 Steps’ at Albany Civic Theater

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
Under the direction of theater veteran Michael C. Mensching, this production succeeds, as he has done a great job guiding his talented cast.
 

Actors make collective’s first play worth seeing

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
Creative License, a theater collective formed last year, is performing its first play, a two-hander by Keith Huff starring a couple of the area’s most gifted actors, Aaron Holbritter and Ian LaChance. While the 90-minute script wears out its welcome long before the show is over, the production itself keeps our interest alive.
 
 

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