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Confetti Fest feels incomplete

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
The playbill for Confetti Fest X, Confetti Stage’s one-act play festival, lists bios of the writers, performers, directors and production crew, many of whom have won awards for their work, and past shows certainly attest to their fine contributions. Unfortunately, this mounting of five original pieces is not, as they say, ready for prime time.
 
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Parsons Dance gives ‘soaring’ show at Egg

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
In a program of five works, including the ubiquitous solo “Caught,” Parsons Dance soared to the delight of its admirers Friday night at The Egg.
 
Baitz’ family drama a compelling Cap Rep show

Baitz’ family drama a compelling Cap Rep show

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Capital Rep’s “Other Desert Cities” is a stellar production of John Robin Baitz’ satisfyingly good play.
 
Backstage crew big part of Cirque du Soleil magic

Backstage crew big part of Cirque du Soleil magic

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
As head of wardrobe for Cirque du Soleil, Melody Wood can’t afford to overlook any detail, no matter how unglamorous it might be.
 
Playwright says he’s a storyteller, has 2 entries in festival

Playwright says he’s a storyteller, has 2 entries in festival

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Don’t ask Stephen Henel if he prefers writing plays to performing in them. You won’t get a straight answer.
 
Review: Theater Guild offers intimate look at a struggling jury
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Review: Theater Guild offers intimate look at a struggling jury

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Review: As you watch Classic Theater Guild’s in-your-lap treatment of Reginald Rose’s “12 Angry Men” (1955), you will soon ask, “Who’s on trial?”
 
TV veteran Platt delighted to be one of McCourt brothers

TV veteran Platt delighted to be one of McCourt brothers

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Howard Platt’s big breakthrough role didn’t come in “Sanford and Son,” “The Bob Newhart Show” or “Evening Shade.” It came much earlier, on the stage.
 
Actress says Cap Rep drama delivers message of hope

Actress says Cap Rep drama delivers message of hope

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Theater is at its best, according to Brenny Rabine, when it delivers an important message.
 
The play’s the thing — but which one?

The play’s the thing — but which one?

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Picking a lineup of shows for the coming season is quite a challenge for local theater companies. You get just the mix you’re looking for and then you hope nobody within your area code had the same ideas.
 
Mohonasen teacher’s musical to open Friday

Mohonasen teacher’s musical to open Friday

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Writing songs was always something Gail Sparlin enjoyed doing, and turning them into a full-fledged musical has also been great fun.
 
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'Family Furniture' at Curtain Call is a winner

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
A.R. Gurney once wrote a stage adaptation of Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem “Richard Cory,” that ironic portrait of a rich, educated and stylish man who, to the shock of the working-class residents of a small town, commits suicide.
 

Local writer’s musical ‘Cassandra’ to premiere at Proctors

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
The project that Patrick Longo began 13 years ago will finally hit the stage Saturday afternoon when “Cassandra: The Musical,” makes its world premiere at Proctors in downtown Schenectady.
 
Actor finds a familiar setting in Curtain Call play

Actor finds a familiar setting in Curtain Call play

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Lecco Morris says he has no plans to choose a professional life over an artistic one. “I want to keep theater in my life my whole life,” said Morris, who is part of an ensemble cast in the Curtain Call Theatre production of A.R. Gurney’s play “Family Furniture."
 

Cast set for national tour of ‘Newsies’

Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Dan DeLuca, a Pittsburgh-area native who spent the past two summers at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont, has landed the role of Jack Kelly in “Newsies,” the smash Broadway musical that begins its first North American tour Oct. 11 in Schenectady at Proctors.
 

Production looks at changing gender roles

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
How much did a woman’s role change between 1970 and 2005? James Sherman explores that topic in his 2006 play, “Half and Half,” and this month at The Theater Barn in New Lebanon.
 
 

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