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Home Made Theater remakes American history in classic humor

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
Take a gifted funny man like Aaron Holbritter. Put him in charge of three actors without a shred of self-consciousness (or dignity?) — Jonathan Hefter, Ashley L. Evenson and Evan Jones. Toss them a hodgepodge script of hit-and-miss humor and — voila! — you have the silliness now on stage in Saratoga.

Obscure Simon play only mildly amusing

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Hearty applause to Albany Civic Theater with their choice to stage Neil Simon’s seldom seen comedy-drama, “Proposals.”

Review: SLOC offers enchanting evening in the South Pacific

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
Review: Schenectady Light Opera Company offers a deeply moving and frequently hilarious production of the classic musical "South Pacific."

Schenectady Civic Players present tale of loss with pathos, humor

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole” is a series of scenes exploring a family’s reaction to this unthinkable event, culminating in two powerful moments.

Patience required in funny, thought-provoking ‘Water’

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Overheard at intermission: “I’m not sure where this is going.”
‘Jersey Boys’ is a memorable, nostalgic evening

‘Jersey Boys’ is a memorable, nostalgic evening

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
“Oh, what a night!” Lyrics from the Four Seasons’ hit “December, 1963,” the song that opens “Jersey Boys” and serves as an encore that had Tuesday night’s full house on its feet. And it’s what you’ll be saying to your friends the next day at work.

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.

‘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.

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

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

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.

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.

Brooks’ newest work is least interesting of night

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Choreographer Brian Brooks finds beauty in simplicity. A whirl of an arm, a hop and a run all enhance his vision. So too do the lines and circles that define, and ultimately intensify, the liquid flow of the Brian Brooks Moving Company.

Squabbling family finds a touch of harmony in ‘The Lyons’

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
The promo for “The Lyons” calls the Lyons family “deliciously dysfunctional.” Indeed.

Lin dancers offer soothing drama at Egg

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
Choreographer Kun-Yang Lin's works, as seen through his Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers at the Egg on Friday night, both soothe viewers into a meditative state while at the same time alerting them to an inherent but unspoken drama.

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