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Oldcastle Theater play should spark discussion

Can a politically “blue” mom love a “red” child? Playwright Anthony Giardina explores this brilliantly in his play “The City of Conversation,” now receiving its regional premiere at Oldcastle Theater Company in Bennington, Vermont.

Clothing, culture a good fit at Curtain Call

Clothing, culture a good fit at Curtain Call

“You have such a pretty face. You could be so attractive if you lost a little weight.” Yikes!

SARATOGA SPRINGS

NYC Ballet closes stay at SPAC in fine form for big crowds

Four of the new ballets that premiered at the recent New York City Ballet gala at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center were on view Friday and Saturday before huge crowds.

Review: NYC Ballet in splendid form for opener

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Review: NYC Ballet in splendid form for opener

Wednesday night was an historic night for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as the New York City Ballet opened the 50th anniversary celebration with the same ballet that inaugurated the first SPAC season in 1966: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Cap Rep’s ‘Joplin’ a stunning production

Cap Rep’s ‘Joplin’ a stunning production

WMHT recently showed an absorbing documentary about Janis Joplin. And now you can see Janis in the thrilling performance of Kelly McIntyre

Janis Joplin show calls for poetic response

Janis Joplin show calls for poetic response

Tuesday’s opening night of Cap Rep’s homage to Janis Joplin was so thoroughly — and brilliantly — immersive, that a poem seemed the only appropriate way to describe it.

Don’t miss Park Playhouse’s sparkling ‘Chicago’

When you go — and you should — to Park Playhouse’s sparkling production of “Chicago,” you may find yourself recalling their searing staging of Kander & Ebb’s other big hit, “Cabaret,” a few years ago.

‘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.

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