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Fall Arts preview: Theater (with schedule)

Fall Arts preview: Theater (with schedule)

Theater critic Matthew G. Moross provides best bets on local stages this fall.
Fall Arts preview: Theater (with schedule)
"Newsies" opens Proctors' Broadway Series on Oct. 11.

-- Albany Civic Theater kicked off the fall season on Saturday with the regional premiere of Tracey Letts' “Man from Nebraska.” Shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2004, Letts' quiet and timely treatise of the loss of faith and the painful struggle to regain it, may be filled with complex emotions, but it’s sprinkled with humor resulting in a wonderful piece of new American drama.

-- Another regional premiere (and Pulitzer Prize nominee) opens Capital Rep's new season in September. Jon Robin Baitz balances comedy and intense family drama in “Other Desert Cities.” Having been called “cunningly compassionate” and “a darkly funny slice of modern American life,” it will star local favorite Kevin McGuire and Emmy-winning actress Ellen Parker. This is one of the best American plays in years and certainly one of this author's best. Place this production high on your list of things to see.

-- Few area stages have found the chutzpah to stage the plays of playwright Nicky Silver, and that's a shame. His bracing wit and hilarious frank dissection of the American Family may cut too close to the bone for many, but his plays are some of the most clever and hysterically brutal ever written. The ever-adventuresome folks at Curtain Call Theater will stage Silver's latest, “The Lyons,” in October. Produced in New York just a few seasons back with Linda Lavin as the tart- tongued wife seated at her husband's death-bed — flipping through decorating magazines gathering ideas on how to redo her living room — the play promises to be fun fare for those who like their domestic comedy with a dark edge.

-- Proctors opens its 2014-15 Broadway Series with the family friendly musical “Newsies” on Oct. 11. The newsboys sing, the newsboys dance, the newsboys wear fun caps. Not quite sure if there is impish red-haired, freckled-faced newsboy with a dog, but ... you get the idea. It's a show for everyone. Harvey Fierstein (“La Cage”) wrote the book, and Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast”) wrote the score, so it's very likely that you will have a good laugh and walk out humming a tune or two.

-- And from the eccentric mind of David Ives, the man who penned ever-popular “All in the Timing” and tempting “Venus in Fur,” comes his most recent work, “The Liar,” at Schenectady Civic Players in October. Ives calls his update of the classic play by Corneille a “translaptation,” which he defines as “a translation with a heavy dose of adaptation.” Whatever he calls it, it is simply absurd, foolish fun and perfect tonic for a brisk night.

— Gazette theater critic Matthew G. Moross


Albany Civic Theater, Albany, NY 462-1297,

Through Sep. 14: “Man from Nebraska”

Nov. 7-23: “The 39 Steps”

Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, Mass. 413-236-8888,

Main Stage:

Sep. 18-28: “Character Man”

Oct. 10-12: “No Place to Go”

Oct. 2-19: “An Enemy of the People”

Berkshire Theatre Group: Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Mass. 413-997-4444; Fitzpatrick Main Stage and Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, Mass. 413-298-5576,

Oct. 2-26: “Poe”

Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. 445-7469,

Sep. 26-Oct. 19: “Other Desert Cities”

Nov. 1-3: “New Play Summi”

Nov. 21-Dec. 21: “The Secret Garden”

Jan. 16-Feb 8: “How Water Behaves”

Circle Players, Sand Lake Center for the Arts, West Sand Lake 674-2007

Oct. 17-26: “The Mousetrap”

Jan. 16-25: “Sylvia”

Classic Theater Guild, Schenectady (at Proctors). 346-6204,

Sep. 26-Oct. 5: “Twelve Angry Men”

Colonial Little Theater, Johnstown 762-4325

Oct. 10-19: “Almost, Maine”

Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Mass. 413-997-4444,

Oct. 2 & 3: “Poe” presented by the Unicorn Theatre

Oct. 11-13: Made in the Berkshires Festival

Oct. 17: Joy Behar “My, My Mouth, and I” (Comedy)

Oct. 30: “Men Are from Mars — Women Are from Venus” Live (Comedy)

Nov. 9: “Letters Home”

Dec. 14-22: “A Christmas Carol”

Confetti Stage, Albany,

Oct. 3-12: Confetti Fest

C-R Productions at Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. 237-5858,

Sep. 4-21: “Nine”

Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. 877-7529,

Sep. 12-Oct. 11: “Family Furniture”

Oct. 24-Nov. 22: “The Lyons”

Dec. 5-Dec. 21: “Hollywood Confidential”

Jan. 16-Feb. 14: “Tigers Be Still”

The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany. 473-1845,

Sept. 25: Chris D’Elia (Comedy)

Sept. 27: Carly Aquilino (Comedy)

Oct. 16: Italian Bad Boyz of Comedy (Comedy)

Oct. 17: Steven Wright (Comedy)

Nov. 8: Danny Bhoy (Comdey)

Glove Theatre, Gloversville. 773-8255,

Sep. 26-Oct. 4: “The Addams Family”

Dec. 12-21: “Once Upon a Mattress”

Home Made Theater, Saratoga Springs 587-4427,

Oct. 10-26: “The Addams Family”

Dec. 12-21: “The Jungle Book”

Hubbard Hall, Cambridge 677-2495

Nov. 7-30: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Jan. 15-Feb. 1: “Winter Carnival of New York — 12 Plays”

Lake George Dinner Theater, Lake George, 668-5762 x411,

Through Oct. 11: “Lake Effect”

The Linda (WAMC), Albany. 465-5233,

Sept. 6: Jennifer McMullen and more (Comedy)

The Low Beat, Albany. 432-6572,

Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 & Dec. 9: Low Down Comedy Open Mic (Comedy

Mac-Haydn Theater, Chatham, 392-9292

Sep. 5-14: “The All Night Strut”

No So Common Players, Clifton Park

Oct. 17-26: “Chess”

Palace Theatre, Albany. 465-4663,

Sept. 18: “A Mother’s Love”

Oct. 16: Lewis Black (Comedy)

Oct. 25: Amy Schumer (Comedy)

Proctors, Schenectady. 346-6204,

Oct. 11-17: “Newsies”

Oct. 28: “Evil Dead — The Musical”

Dec. 1: “A Christmas Carol”

Dec. 4: “It’s A Wonderful Life”

Dec. 12-21: “The Gringo Who Stole Christmas”

Dec. 23-28: “Elf — The Musical”

Jan. 13-18: “Jersey Boys”

Jan. 29: “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady 382-2081

Oct. 17-26: “The Liar”

Dec. 6-14: “The Game’s Afoot”

Jan. 30-Feb. 8: “Rabbit Hole”

Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady 877-350-7378

Oct. 10-19: “The Rocky Horror Show”

Dec. 5-14: “Shrek”

Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, Mass. 413-637-1199,

Sep. 5-14: “Vanya, and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

State University at Albany, Albany 442-3995

Oct. 8-12: “Born This Way — A Musical Revue”

Oct. 15: “Much Ado About Nothing”

Oct. 31-Nov. 8: “Reasons to be Pretty”

The Theater Institute at Sage, Troy 518-244-2248,

Oct. 2-11: “The Stinky Cheese Man”

Dec. 3-14: “A Christmas Carol”

Theater Barn, New Lebanon, 794-8989

Sep. 5-28: “Half and Half”

Theater Voices, Albany

Oct. 17-19: “Beast on the Moon”

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. 273-0038,

Nov. 8: Kathleen Madigan (Comedy)

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