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Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Just what kind of night you’ll have at “Sister Act” is apparent from the winking curtain speech: “The use of recording devices is a sin.” And we’re off and running through nearly three hours of silly and satisfying shenanigans offered up by an expert cast and a wow-wow pit band.
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
An attractive set and good actors cannot mask the fact that "Boeing Boeing" is a theatrical “Spruce Goose.” Yes, it flew once, but it’s now in a museum for a reason.
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
An Agatha Christie play is a safe choice for a theater — people will always come out for her work because they know what they’ll get.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
"The Mountaintop," Katori Hall’s award-winning imagining of the last night of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, is a fascinating, if flawed, 90 minutes, and I recommend it. It is being staged at Capital Rep through Feb. 9.
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
Epic play is a brilliant use of the powers of live theater — universal story themes, fine performers, outstanding design.
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
David Sedaris’ “SantaLand Diaries” has become a holiday favorite, for a variety of reasons. It’s extremely well-written, for one. It’s also an antidote to the traditional holiday fare.
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
It is always a thrill to watch performers who exude joy in what they do. Some shows lend themselves to such opportunities -- like “Plaid Tidings” at Cohoes Music Hall.
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour has written a play that could travel the world for him, that could say what he wanted to say, that could see people for him, that could have the freedom he was denied. Unable to fly, his words fly for him.
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
“Venus in Fur,” David Ives’ 2010 play — currently in a very fine production at Capital Repertory Theatre — is a play about power. The question is, who has it?
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
C-R Productions is among the community theaters taking advantage of the opportunity to put on "Les Miserables." Their show has some good qualities but suffers from some inconsistency and technical glitches.
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
Based on the popularity of the movie "Ghost," making a musical of it would seem a good idea. However, based on the production currently on stage at Proctors, while it might have seemed a good idea, sometimes things are not what they seem.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Getting a new work of theater produced isn’t an easy task. It’s almost like the old conundrum about finding a job fresh out of college; people won’t hire you without experience, but without someone taking a risk on you to give you the experience, you’re unable to get the experience you need to be hired.
Friday, July 12, 2013
“Anything Goes,” currently on Proctors’ stage, is not your mother’s (or, more aptly, your grandmother’s, as the original show opened in 1934) musical. It’s a bright, bouncy, colorful and exuberant show.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
“Les Misérables” at Proctors is creative, beautifully staged, and brilliantly acted and sung. The sets are the perfect mix of grunge and utility, and the backdrop is breathtaking.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Audiences love a farce. Ken Ludwig is known for them — his “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Lend Me a Tenor” are two comedies well-known to theatergoers.