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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Stephen Lang And "The Wheatfield" At The Crandall Theatre

    Stephen Lang is a Tony Award-nominated American actor and playwright who is also well known for his film work - including his roles as George E. Pickett in Gettysburg, Stonewall Jackson in Gods and Generals, Colonel Quaritch in Avatar and many others.

This Sunday at 4pm The Chatham Film Club and the Columbia County Historical Society present an exciting combination of theater, film and music that tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of Union officer and Medal of Honor Winner James Jackson Purman.

The program features a one man show written and performed by Stephen Lang, original music composed by Robert Kessler and performed by virtuoso double-bassist Timothy Cobb, and the a screening of the short film The Wheatfield, written and performed by Lang, and directed by filmmakers, Alexander and Adrian Smith. The program is hosted by historian Harold Holzer.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Actor Michael Zegen In "Bad Jews"

Molly Ranson, Tracee Chimo, and Michael Zegen in "Bad Jews"
Credit Joan Marcus

The Roundabout Theatre Company’s Roundabout Underground program gives productions to emerging playwrights. Last year, they had a hit with Bad Jews - a play by Joshua Harmon, directed by Daniel Aukin.

The show did so well in their 62-seat Black Box Theatre, in fact, that they brought it back to run in the Laura Pels Theatre (their bigger-small space) as part of their season this year - where it continues to earn excellent reviews and enthusiastic response from audiences.

In the play a young Jewish woman, Diana (played by Tracee Chimo, she prefers to be called by her Hebrew name, Daphna) fights with her cousin, Liam, to get a religious relic left behind by their recently deceased grandfather - who had kept it safe during his years in a concentration camp by holding it beneath his tongue. Liam’s brother (Jonah, played by Philip Ettinger) and girlfriend (Melody, played by Molly Ranson) observe and reluctantly weigh-in as Daphna and Liam argue and insult-sling as only family can.

Michael Zegen plays Liam in Bad Jews. Zegen attended Skidmore College and his other Off-Broadway credits include Liz Meriwether’s Oliver Parker! and Greg Moss’ punkplay. On television he’s been featured in recurring roles on The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, How to Make It in America, Rescue Me, and he’ll appear in the upcoming season of the HBO hit, Girls. His film credits include Adventureland, Taking Woodstock, and Frances Ha.

Arts & Culture
10:50 am
Wed November 27, 2013

"We Will Rock You" At Proctors

  From London’s West End, the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton, We Will Rock You, is coming to Proctors in Schenectady, NY this weekend - running on the mainstage November 29th through December 1.

The show is a bona-fide hit and has been running for 11 years in London. This is the first North American Tour of the sci-fi musical-theater extravaganza which by all accounts honors the iconic music that frames it - the music of Queen.

Ryan Knowles plays Buddy (as in “Buddy you're a boy make a big noise playin' in the street gonna be a big man some day”). Ryan’s other credits include off-broadway productions of NEWSical: The Musical, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Caligula Maximus, Fools in Love, and National Tours of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and OZ: The Musical.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Actor Michael Cumpsty In "The Winslow Boy" And "Machinal"

Charlotte Parry and Michael Cumpsty in "The Winslow Boy"
Credit Joan Marcus

    British actor, Michael Cumpsty, is currently portraying Desmond Curry in The Roundabout Theatre Company production of Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy - which The New York Times called “A stirring, moving and resonant drama that touches a deep chord." The play is running at the American Airlines Theater on 42nd St. in New York City through December 1st.

He will also perform in Roundabout’s next production at The American Airlines, Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, which begins previews on December 20th.

Michael Cumpsty’s more than 16 Broadway credits include La Bête, Timon of Athens, Enchanted April and the musical revivals 1776, 42nd Street, and Sunday in the Park with George. His film credits include The Ice Storm, The Visitor, and Eat Pray Love; and on television he played Frank Kittredge on L.A. Law; Alan Singer on All My Children, and Fr. Brennan on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

Arts & Culture
10:50 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Sally Struthers In Hello, Dolly! At Proctors Tonight

    Winner of ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Hello, Dolly! is an enduring Broadway classic and it will be at Proctors in Schenectady, NY tonight.

Sally Struthers will perform the dominating and endearing role of Dolly Gallagher Levi. Struthers won two Emmy awards for her role as Gloria on the 1970s CBS sit-com, All in the Family and has since played numerous roles on television and on the stage - performing in musicals each summer for the past several years at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine.

Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of an outspoken matchmaker and her attempts to marry "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder. The show opened on Broadway on January 16, 1964.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Woodstock Film Festival – Andy Garcia


Andy Garcia's big break came in 1987, when he landed a significant role in the blockbuster film The Untouchables, starring Kevin Costner. He starred in Godfather 3 and teamed with an all-star cast for director Steven Soderbergh's remake of Ocean's Eleven.


Three years later, he returned to perform in the film's sequel, Ocean's Twelve. His latest film is At Middleton, which will be featured at this year’s Woodstock Film Festival.


The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Woodstock Film Festival – Peter Bogdanovich


Director, actor, producer, film historian, writer and Kingston native Peter Bogdanovich will receive the honorary Maverick Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Woodstock Film Festival. The festival takes place October 2-6. We speak with him about the award and his latest film, Cold Turkey.


Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue September 17, 2013

GHOST The Musical - National Tour At Proctors

    GHOST The Musical has begun its first National Broadway Tour at Proctors in Schenectady. It opened this past weekend and runs through this Friday, September 20th.

Adapted from the hit 1990 film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, G The Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic named Ida Mae, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

We are joined by Robby Haltiwanger, the actor portraying Carl in the touring company of GHOST.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri August 30, 2013

"Late Summer Magic" With Charles Busch At Club Helsinki

This Sunday at 7pm, Helsinki on Broadway - in association with Showstoppers New York -presents Charles Busch in a cabaret evening entitled Late Summer Magic. He performed at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY last fall and returns by popular demand. He will be joined by musical director and accompanist, Tom Judson.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri August 23, 2013

"The Beauty Queen of Leenane" at Shakespeare and Company

    The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA is directed by Matthew Penn (making his debut with the Company). It features the indomitable Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer, long-time Company actor Elizabeth Aspenlieder, and newcomers Edmund Donovan and David Sedgwick.

Steeped with razor sharp wit, humor and humanity, The Beauty Queen of Leenane runs through September 15 in the Bernstein Theatre.

Set in the small village of Leenane, County Galway in Ireland, the play tracks the dysfunctional relationship between a mother and daughter who are locked in a dance of mutual loathing, which may prove more durable than any love. Irish writer Martin McDonagh has become one of the most powerful voices writing for stage and screen, and his critically acclaimed career began with a Tony Award-winning debut, The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

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