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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.

Schenectady Civic Players offer novel ‘Liar’

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Dear Joseph Fava: You’re the one I blame for drawing me into your wordy game.
Talented cast, great dancing make paper-thin ‘Newsies’ entertaining

Talented cast, great dancing make paper-thin ‘Newsies’ entertaining

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Disney’s Tony winning Broadway musical “Newsies” is, without question, a whirlwind of non-stop youthful energy.
Proctors to hold lottery for 'Newsies' tickets

Proctors to hold lottery for 'Newsies' tickets

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Some of the last few seats for “Newsies” will be available through a lottery today and Wednesday.

SLOC delivers timeless 'Horror'

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
The musical is receiving an all-hands-on-deck-or-somewhere-on-the-body treatment, under the sweet lash of director Michael Gatzendorfer, and you might find yourself standing and swaying at the end of the evening while the cast sings and dances to “The Time Warp.”

Confetti Fest feels incomplete

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
The playbill for Confetti Fest X, Confetti Stage’s one-act play festival, lists bios of the writers, performers, directors and production crew, many of whom have won awards for their work, and past shows certainly attest to their fine contributions. Unfortunately, this mounting of five original pieces is not, as they say, ready for prime time.

Parsons Dance gives ‘soaring’ show at Egg

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
In a program of five works, including the ubiquitous solo “Caught,” Parsons Dance soared to the delight of its admirers Friday night at The Egg.
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Durang’s farce both moving and hilarious

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
In “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Christopher Durang’s Tony-award winning play running at Shakespeare & Company, you see another side of Durang: He’s finally grown up.

Barrington’s ‘Dancing Lessons’ is stale story

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
Barrington Stage’s world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s new play “Dancing Lessons” can't be saved by the fine performance of its lead actor.

A hit or miss offering by Brazilian hip-hop troupe

Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
Hip-hop is a solo art. Thus, it takes effort, a lot of effort, to transform a crew of house and break dancers into a cohesive ensemble.

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