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SARATOGA SPRINGS

Fine music, excellent players close Saratoga Chamber season

Monday, June 15, 2015
The Saratoga Chamber Players closed their 28th season Sunday afternoon at the United Methodist Church with a program of rarities bolstered by family connections.
 
Sizzling 'Dancing with Stars' wow at SPAC
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Sizzling 'Dancing with Stars' wow at SPAC

Monday, June 15, 2015
The superstars of “Dancing with the Stars” sizzled on the Saratoga Performing Arts Center stage on Sunday night, with a dazzling, distilled version of the best of the television series. And audience responded with onslaught of whoops and cheers that are rare at a dance concert.
 
JOHNSTOWN

Colonial Little Theatre closes season with ‘laugh-out-loud’ production

Saturday, June 13, 2015
“Moonlight and Magnolias,” a two-act comedy played at a frantic pace under John Birchler’s whip-smart direction, lets us witness the intersection of art, business, egos, competition, personality disorders and politics in that melting pot of all things wonderful and woeful, Hollywood.
 
Lar Lubovitch dance troupe  to offer dark new work at SPAC

Lar Lubovitch dance troupe to offer dark new work at SPAC

Saturday, June 13, 2015
For those who want to glimpse the depth and drama of choreographer Lar Lubovitch’s imagination, “The Black Rose” would be a good starting point.
 
These ‘Boots’ are made for everyone

These ‘Boots’ are made for everyone

Thursday, June 11, 2015
"Kinky Boots” might not sound like your average family show, but Lindsey Nicole Chambers says parents shouldn’t be at all hesitant to bring the kids.
 
'Wedding Band' still a powerful commentary
WATERVLIET

'Wedding Band' still a powerful commentary

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The mission of the Soul Rebel Performance Troupe is to “highlight and promote performance and theatrical pieces by artists of color in New York’s Capital Region, and to foster better cross-cultural understanding through the performing arts.”
 
'Fun Home' and 'Curious Incident' come away big winners at Tony Awards

'Fun Home' and 'Curious Incident' come away big winners at Tony Awards

Monday, June 8, 2015
The poignant and groundbreaking coming-of-age show "Fun Home" was named best musical at the Tony Awards on Sunday, one of five big trophies it won on the way to making history for its composing team.
 
'Baby gear guru' moonlighting at Mac-Haydn

'Baby gear guru' moonlighting at Mac-Haydn

Thursday, June 4, 2015
If you’re fun-loving and gregarious, and Jamie Grayson certainly fits that description, who wouldn’t want to spend part of their summer performing in a classic Broadway musical at The Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham?
 
Review: Dark homage to 'Peanuts' funny, absorbing
ALBANY

Review: Dark homage to 'Peanuts' funny, absorbing

Sunday, May 31, 2015
Review: “Dog Sees God,” the second offering of a new troupe that has corralled some of the area’s best actors/techies to mount unusual scripts, is an homage, of sorts, though unauthorized by the Charles Schulz Estate, to the comic strip “Peanuts.” And, except for an unnecessary peroration, it’s a funny and absorbing piece of theater, expertly performed.
 
Shakespeare & Co. puts spotlight on women

Shakespeare & Co. puts spotlight on women

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Tod Randolph may love Shakespeare, but there is an issue she would enjoy addressing with the Bard of Avon.
“There are 10 men for every one woman in his plays,” said Randolph, a long-time member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. But women on stage isn’t a problem these days, especially at Shakespeare & Company. Under Artist Director Tina Packer, the company is beginning its 38th season in the Berkshires with a production of “The How and the Why,” Sarah Treem’s new play about two female biologists who meet for the first time on the eve of a national conference.
 
‘Pippin’ is ultra-sweet show with dynamic talents
SCHENECTADY

‘Pippin’ is ultra-sweet show with dynamic talents

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
“Pippin” is a groaning board of desserts, and for the first act, it is worth the money you have to spend on a night out. Fill up on those colorful costumes; gorge on the acrobatics; smack your lips over the dancing; savor the stage effects; and tickle your belly with sugary pop ’70s tunes (music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz).
 

'Vanya and Sonia and Masha...' and not enough humor

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” lacks the humor needed to give it the spark
 
Here comes summer: Our picks for the best in the arts

Here comes summer: Our picks for the best in the arts

Friday, May 22, 2015
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and the calendar is crammed with theater, music, dance and art shows. The Gazette’s arts writers have pored over the calendar, and chosen a few highlights. Here’s what they say you shouldn’t miss.
 
Actress enjoys challenge of egocentric character

Actress enjoys challenge of egocentric character

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Christina Reeves can’t think of too many good things to say about her character in Christopher Durang’s 2013 Broadway hit, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” so she’ll just cut to the chase.
“She is likable,” said Reeves, who plays Masha in the Curtain Call Theatre production of Durang’s 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, opening Friday and running through June 27.
 
Opera adds comic note to Ukrainian history
ALBANY

Opera adds comic note to Ukrainian history

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Commonwealth Lyric Theater production from Boston and the local Zorepad Ukrainian Dance Ensemble will join forces to stage "Cossack Beyond the Danube," a comic opera, in Albany Friday.
 
 

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