Capital Rep

The unmistakable voice filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort made Janis Joplin a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock.

A Night with Janis Joplin, now running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences.

The show is created, written and directed by Randy Johnson and stars Kelly McIntyre as Janis Joplin. 

  In The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote, Carrie Watts, a charming, aging widow escapes her controlling daughter-in-law and son’s three-room Houston apartment to visit her childhood home one last time.

Along the way, Miss Watts befriends fellow travelers, sharing her wisdom and courage on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to renew strength and dignity for all.

The Trip to Bountiful is current running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY. Kevin Craig West plays Ludie Watts and he joins us.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Trip To Bountiful"

Apr 29, 2016

ALBANY:  “The Trip to Bountiful, currently at Capital Repertory Theatre through May 15, is an American fable.  It’s filled with people we feel we know, or ought to, and tells a sentimental story at a leisurely pace.

Your enjoyment of “The Blue-Sky Boys,” playing at Capital Repertory Theatre through April 3, will depend on your ability to suspend disbelief.  

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Naked Influence"

Feb 5, 2016

“Naked Influence,” a play being given its world premiere by Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, is one of those works that might be unfairly be overlooked or even dismissed by the public.  

Douglas C. Liebig

“A Christmas Story the Musical” is a happy adaptation of a classic holiday story.  It’s at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany until December 27 and should make your holidays a little brighter.

  This holiday season, Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany presents A Christmas Story: The Musical.

The Chinese food, the Red Ryder BB gun, the frozen pole, and the leg lamp are all there in this musical based on the classic 1983 movie, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd. The show features music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by Joseph Robinette. Maggie Mancinelli Cahill directs.

Preview performances for A Christmas Story: The Musical take place November 27th through the 29th. Opening night is Tuesday, December 1.

'4000 Miles' At TheRep

Sep 29, 2015

  Seeking solace at the end of his cross-country bike trip, 21-year old Leo arrives unannounced at the Greenwich Village apartment of his 91-year old Jewish grandmother, Vera.

Instead, he gets a big life lesson from his former outspoken, activist grandma. Over the course of a single month, these two outsiders infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately change one another forever.

Amy Herzog’s dramatic comedy, 4000 Miles, received the Obie Award for Best Play, was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was named #1 Play of the Year by Time Magazine.

A production of 4000 Miles is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in downtown Albany, NY. We are joined by actors Eileen Schuyler and Miles Jackson.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Hamlet" At Capital Rep

Apr 28, 2015

There is much to like and even admire in the Capital Repertory Theatre production of “Hamlet,” which continues through May 10.

'Hamlet' At TheRep

Apr 17, 2015

  “The play's the thing.” – and in this case, the play’s the play that quotation comes from.

Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY is producing William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet and there will be something rotten in the state of Denmark on the CapRep stage through May 10th.

Broadway’s Kevin McGuire directs. Kevin is the Founding Artistic Director of the Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall and while there he’s directed Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well as over 50 other plays and musicals.

'Souvenir' At TheRep

Mar 11, 2015

  At the turn of the last century, Florence Foster Jenkins was a New York phenomenon where she rose to fame for her annual sold-out recitals at the Ritz Carlton and Carnegie Hall. Crowds went wild when Mrs. Jenkins tackled the most difficult arias in opera, festooned in fabulous costumes.

The only trouble was: Mrs. Jenkins could not sing. Not a note. Still, Florence, a YouTube sensation far ahead of her time, could not be deterred from her dedication to music and voice lessons with her accomplished and compassionate accompanist, Cosme McMoon.

Souvenir is a play by Stephen Temperley about Florence Foster Jenkins and Cosme McMoon. It is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY. The production is directed by CapRep’s Producing Artistic Director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill.

Jonas Cohen plays afore mentioned “compassionate accompanist,” Cosme McMoon and he joins us to discuss the play.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "How Water Behaves"

Jan 27, 2015

“How Water Behaves,” a world-premiere comedy-drama that’s  playing at Capital Repertory Theatre through February 8, is an easy play to like – or at least, want to like. 

ALBANY - “The Secret Garden” is probably not the show you would think of as Christmas entertainment.  But as the Capital Repertory Theatre production illustrates, any musical about love, rebirth and reconciliation is ideal material for this holiday season.

ALBANY – “Other Desert Cities” is a play about the collateral damage of keeping secrets.   It’s a work that stresses the fragility of trust and the need for families to be honest with each other.

Richard Lovrich

    Smokey Joe’s Café - a musical revue featuring primarily the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It has the distinction of being longest running revue on Broadway.

Better than that, though, it has just a ton of incredibly fun and iconic songs.

Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY presents Smokey Joe’s Café Tuesday, July 15 to Sunday, August 10 and we are fortunate to be joined at The Linda by that production's musical director, Benet Braun and cast members Christopher Brasfield, Justin Scott Brown, Laura D’andre, Lulu Fall, Gizel Jimenez, Jannie Jones, Benjamin Mapp, Correy West, Jason Veasey.


  The God Game, a play by Suzanne Bradbeer, is having its World Premiere at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY.

The play was included in the inaugural NEXT ACT! New Play Summit in 2012. NEXT ACT!, a joint venture between Proctors and Capital Rep, is a three-day festival with the mission of discovering fresh, exciting dramatic and musical properties, and nurturing both new and established playwrights.

The God Game is about religion and politics - the two topics to avoid in polite conversation. In the play, Tom and Lisa and Matt have known each other for years, through thick and thin - but the news Matt brings on an August anniversary afternoon in Richmond, Virginia could change all of their lives forever.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A veritable"who's who" of leaders of Capital Region arts non-profits gathered in a show of solidarity under the moniker "Upstate Theaters for a Fair Game." The group hopes to educate the public on what it sees as potential negative effects of casino expansion on what it refers to as "local entertainment ecosystems," noting that mid-sized arts and entertainment venues in neighboring states have been impacted by casino-based entertainment offerings.

Thomas Novachek, a writer-director, laments the woeful parade of actresses who have auditioned for his new play, Venus in Fur. Enter Vanda, an out-of-work actress, who is the epitome of every fault he has described: crude, desperate and needy – or is she?

In the course of 90 minutes, we discover there is much more to Vanda, as she turns the tables and takes charge in this sexual roundelay about power and powerlessness. The play, written by David Ives, is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY and stars Timothy Deenihan as Novachek and Jenny Strassburg as Vanda.

Jenny joins us along with Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Producing Artistic Director at Capital Rep and director of Venus in Fur, to tell us more.

Bob Goepfert, Arts Editor of the Troy Record, discusses Capital Repertory Theatre's  production of The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers.