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‘Price’ not right for a big-impact drama
LATHAM

‘Price’ not right for a big-impact drama

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Except for a few funny moments and some dramatic ones, this family drama feels contrived.
 
SCHENECTADY

‘Rhythm of the Dance’ at Proctors lacks originality, spark

Saturday, March 29, 2014
There was a time, about 20 years ago, when an Irish step dance spectacle would easily fill theater seats. But judging the Proctors crowd on Thursday night, the thrill is gone.
 

Despite slow start, ‘Gypsy’ succeeds

Thursday, March 20, 2014
“Gypsy,” currently in production at Capital Repertory Theatre, delves into the mother-daughter relationship and introduces us to one of the most intimidating mothers of all: Rose, the stage mother who would make all modern-day reality-show dance moms quake in their boots.
 
SCHENECTADY

Irreverent and funny, ‘Book of Mormon’ worth all the hype

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Everything that you’ve heard about the musical “The Book of Mormon” is true.
 

'Urinetown' trying a tad too hard; Doyle, McHatton shine

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Sometimes a show comes along whose parts are greater than the sum, and — for my money — such is the case with “Urinetown.”
 
‘Sister Act’ delivers satisfying songs and shenanigans
SCHENECTADY

‘Sister Act’ delivers satisfying songs and shenanigans

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.
 
Maybe it’s time to ground aging ‘Boeing’

Maybe it’s time to ground aging ‘Boeing’

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.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Home Made Theater's tame version of Christie play worth seeing

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.
 
Play on MLK’s last night has flaws but is a fascinating work

Play on MLK’s last night has flaws but is a fascinating work

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.
 
'War Horse' at Proctors not to be missed
SCHENECTADY

'War Horse' at Proctors not to be missed

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
Epic play is a brilliant use of the powers of live theater — universal story themes, fine performers, outstanding design.
 

‘SantaLand Diaries’ generates some serious laughs for SCP

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.
 
COHOES

Gregarious ‘ghosts’ add life to the holiday season

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.
 
Iranian playwright’s ‘White Rabbit’ is raw and compelling
ALBANY

Iranian playwright’s ‘White Rabbit’ is raw and compelling

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.
 
Cap Rep production portrays gripping struggle for power

Cap Rep production portrays gripping struggle for power

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?
 
COHOES

C-R Productions’ ‘Les Mis’ has merits, issues to iron out

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.
 
 

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