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‘Don’t Talk’ an amusing, entertaining production

The blurb for this show says “laugh-out-loud funny, witty, and delightful.” Hmmm. I think the first two adjectives lead us in opposing comic directions, with “delight” the objective of both.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet blends artistry, athleticism

It’s easy to see why Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is a favorite with Jacob’s Pillow audiences.

ATF production has theatricality, energy, but songs miss mark

The press release for this world-premiere production notes that “five songs … have been nominated for Manhattan Association of Cabaret Awards for Best Song.”

Cast, score light up Berkshire’s ‘Fiorello!’

When I was 15, our folks bought — in one fell swoop — LPs of “The Sound of Music,” “The Music Man,” “West Side Story” and “Fiorello!” — all of which we quickly wore out.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

At SPAC Doug Varone and Dancers kick off a fine summer for dance

Saratoga Performing Arts Center opened its 50th anniversary classical season with a champagne toast. But what got heads swirling was the first dance on SPAC’s summer stage — “Castles” as danced by Doug Varone and Dancers.

Not enough superlatives to describe ‘Once’

Not enough superlatives to describe ‘Once’

Unashamed in its simplicity, “Once” awes with its laid-back ease while at the same time inspires.

Don't miss SCP production of brilliant 'Clybourne Park'

SCHENECTADY

Don't miss SCP production of brilliant 'Clybourne Park'

SCP’s “Clybourne Park” is a compelling night in the theater; you’ll be talking about it on the way home.

ALBANY

Sinopoli retrospective takes works to a higher level

In the past 25 years, choreographer Ellen Sinopoli created more than 75 works. And some of her best were on display Friday night at The Egg where her Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company celebrated its silver anniversary with a stellar, glowing retrospective of some of her best creations.

Cap Rep's ‘Bountiful’ is both moving and intimate

ALBANY

Cap Rep's ‘Bountiful’ is both moving and intimate

So intimate is this piece that it’s the smallest gestures by these gifted actors I’ll remember.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Home Made Theater's ‘Calendar Girls’ covers up script’s bare spots

It was F. Scott Fitzgerald who said there are no second acts in American lives. The same might be said of “Calendar Girls,” whose first act rises to a glorious and fun-filled climax, but whose second act is a long denouement.

LATHAM

‘Living on Love’ keeps the laughs coming

You’ve got your visual humor when Robert (Sean Baldwin) loses his shirt and covers up his nipples with his tie and when diva Raquel (Pat Brady) enters as Aida, holding her dog, Puccini (Ozzie), similarly dressed.

 ‘Lion King’ at Proctors a feast for the senses, and the kids

SCHENECTADY

‘Lion King’ at Proctors a feast for the senses, and the kids

This spectacle is just fine for kids. Maybe it’s best for kids.

‘Blue-Sky Boys’ a whimsical mash-up of science, history

ALBANY

‘Blue-Sky Boys’ a whimsical mash-up of science, history

Thanks to playwright Deborah Brevoort’s whimsical mash-up of discovery, history and comic book heroes you really don’t need to. She has captured that it all, creating an entertaining and winning evening of theater.

SCHENECTADY

'Hair' starting to gray in fine production by SLOC

“Gee, your hair smells terrific,” said no one who has ever experienced a production of "Hair.”

SCHENECTADY

Civic Players have 'Measure' of success with tough Shakespeare play

Shakespeare's never easy and "Measure for Measure" is harder still. So kudos to Schenectady City Players for tackling the play with gusto.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Nacre’s annual spring concert a disjointed affair

Last year, Beth Fecteau, artistic director of Nacre Dance Company, had a great idea.

LATHAM

Theatre Review: 'Glengarry Glen Ross’ a fascinating character study

At one point in this crackling good production of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winner, a desperate Shelly Levene (Jack Fallon) says to boss John Williamson (Patrick White), “You got an advantage on me.”

Dance based on passionate ‘Kiss’ takes clinical, not fiery, approach

Choreographers Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly based their “Reusable Parts/Endless Love” on Tino Sehgal’s “Kiss,” an art installation featuring two people rolling around a museum floor in a desirous kiss. Expectations are bent toward the hot and impassioned, but it's a work that is clinical and even humorous.

ALBANY

Strong cast turns in hot performance of 'Ain't Misbehavin'

Deceptively simple, the musical revue “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” is a stealth social snapshot of race and race relations in the great American jazz age of the 1920s and ’30s.

Out of the fog comes a stellar ‘Sweeney Todd’ at SLOC

Out of the fog comes a stellar ‘Sweeney Todd’ at SLOC

Actors Molly Rose McGrath and Michael A. Bellotti lead a rich, technically strong show.

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