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Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Isle of Dogs"

Upcoming:

  • Janiva Magness, Eva Cappelli - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Friday 4/20, 7 PM
  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo - The Egg, Albany, Friday 4/20, 8 PM
  • Anna & Elizabeth - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 4/20, 8 PM
  • "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" - Home Made Theater, Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, opens Saturday 4/21 at 7:30 PM, through May 6
  • Octavo Singers with the Capital District Youth Chorale - John Rutter’s Mass of the Children, Faure’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Saturday 4/21, 7:30 PM
  • The Mountain Goats, Dead Rider - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Saturday 4/21, 8 PM
  • Travis Tritt Acoustic Show - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 4/21, 8 PM
  • Schenectady Symphony Orchestra with pianist Young Kim - Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven, Borodin Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Sunday 4/22, 3 PM
  • Three Stooges Film Festival - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 4/23, 7 PM
  • Women and Power in America: Cokie Roberts, with Danielle Belton, Kathy Sheehan and Jill Stein - New York State Writers Institute at the Hearst Media Center, next to the Albany Times Union, Colonie, Tuesday 4/24, 7:30 PM

New movies: "I Feel Pretty," "You Were Never Really Here," "Super Troopers 2"

Before he shot to fame as the scene-stealing Jian-Yang on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and in the film “Patriots Day,” Jimmy O. Yang was an immigrant from Hong Kong, learning about English and comedy by watching BET and trying to fit in in California. Yang’s traditional upbringing and his parents’ expectations collided with Yang’s experiences DJ-ing at a strip club and slowly building a standup comedy career. Yang recounts his journey in a new memoir called "How To American: An Immigrant’s Guide To Disappointing Your Parents."

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Game Night"

Upcoming:

Colin Quinn's current stand-up tour "One in Every Crowd" will be at The Egg in Albany, New York on Friday, March 23. 

Former "SNL" cast member and Weekend Update anchor, Quinn has been in the comedy business for around 30 years. He recently  had a recurring role on HBO's "Girls" and played Amy Schumer's father in the 2015 movie "Trainwreck."

Kathleen Madigan
Luzena Adams

For 29 years, comedian Kathleen Madigan has been touring 250 nights per year and squeezing in hour-long filmed specials and performances on every late night show ever made. From 25 appearances on the Tonight Show and multiple appearances on Letterman and Conan to recently riding around with Jerry Seinfeld in his internet series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," Madigan sells out theaters across the country. 

Her most recent standup special "Bothering Jesus," is currently streaming on Netflix and she’ll be performing at The Egg in Albany, New York on Thursday, March 22.

Louie Anderson is an iconic comedian, Emmy award winner, one of the country’s most adored comics and named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Comedians.” He currently co-stars with Zach Galifianakis in the hit FX series, “Baskets,” Anderson’s extraordinary role as Christine Baskets, the matriarch of the Baskets clan won him his third Emmy Award.

He will perform at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, NY on Sunday, March 18.

Mike Birbiglia
Evan Sung

The High Mud Comedy Festival takes over the campus of MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts this Friday and Saturday.

Friday night, Sasheer Zamata hosts “Sasheer Zamata Party Time!” in the Hunter Center. On Saturday, there will be a satire writing workshop by the Reductress, comedian-led gallery tours, and a performance by Nellie McKay.

To close the festival, Mike Birbiglia will present his new one-hour of stand-up, aptly entitled “The New One.” Birbiglia’s previous popular shows include “Thank God for Jokes,” “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” and “Sleepwalk with Me.” The latter was adapted into a film co-directed by Birbiglia and his stage-director Seth Barrish. In 2016 Birbiglia wrote and directed “Don’t Think Twice” starring Gillian Jacobs and Keegan-Michael Key.

Still from "A Fantastic Woman"
Sony Pictures Classics

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: The Oscars, "Death Wish"

Upcoming:

  • Ellen Arkbro - EMPAC, Studio 1—Goodman, Troy, Thursday 3/8, 7:30 PM
  • An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Thursday 3/8, 7:30 PM
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Mass., Friday 3/9, 8 PM
  • Cedric The Entertainer - Funny Bone Comedy Club, Guilderland, Friday-Saturday 3/9-10, various times
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra: Kennedy Center Debut Preview Performance - Music of Joan Tower, Michael Daugherty, Dorothy Chang, Michael Torke - Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 3/10, 7:30 PM
  • Eli Young Band - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Saturday 3/10, 8 PM
  • Chip Taylor - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 3/10, 8 PM
  • Dumpstaphunk - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Saturday 3/10, 9 PM
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tashi Dorji - MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 3/10, 8 PM
  • The Chieftans - Proctors, Schenectady, Tuesday 3/13, 7:30 PM

New movies: "A Wrinkle in Time," "Gringo," "Thoroughbreds," "A Fantastic Woman"

Few television shows revolutionized comedy as profoundly or have had such an enormous and continued impact on our culture as "In Living Color." Inspired by Richard Pryor, Carol Burnett, and Eddie Murphy, Keenen Ivory Wayans created a television series unlike any that had come before it.

Along the way, he introduced the world to Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Rosie Perez, and Jennifer Lopez, not to mention his own brothers Damon, Marlon, and Shawn Wayans. In Living Color shaped American culture in ways both seen and unseen, and was part of a sea change that moved black comedy and hip-hop culture from the shadows into the spotlight.

David Peisner is a freelance writer based in Decatur, Georgia. He has been writing about music, film, television, books, politics, technology, sports, and world affairs for a wide array of publications for nearly twenty years.

David Peisner is a freelance writer based in Decatur, Georgia. He has been writing about music, film, television, books, politics, technology, sports, and world affairs for a wide array of publications for nearly twenty years. His new book is "Homey Don't Play That!: The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution."

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Black Panther"

Upcoming:

  • Troy Night Out: The Amazing Race Trivia Night - Downtown Troy, Friday 2/23, 5-9 PM
  • Mile Twelve - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 2/23, 8 PM
  • Shemekia Copeland - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 2/23, 9 PM
  • Shelby Lynne, Teddy Thompson - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 2/24, 8 PM
  • Sinkane - MASS MoCA, Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 2/24, 8 PM
  • Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Adrienne Iapalucci - Proctors, Schenectady, Saturday 2/24, 8 PM
  • Soovin Kim, violin; Paul Watkins, cello; Gloria Chen, piano - (Beethoven, Brahms, Pierre Jalbert) - Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, Sunday 2/25, 3 PM
  • Dropkick Murphys, Agnostic Front, Bim Skala Bim - Albany Capital Center, Albany, Sunday 2/25, 7:30 PM
  • "Casablanca" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 2/26, 7 PM
  • Staatskapelle Weimar with pianist Sunwook Kim - (Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, Richard Strauss) - Troy Chromatics Concerts, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Wednesday 2/28, 7:30 PM

New movies: "Annihilation," "Game Night," "Happy End," "Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool"

Known as the king of the rant, Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world.

His new tour "The Joke's On Us" comes to UPAC in Kingston, New York, on Saturday, February 24.

Piff The Magic Dragon will be performing at the Funny Bone in Albany tonight – Saturday, January 20th as part of his all-new 2018 tour The Dog Who Knows.

If the name doesn’t immediately conjure up an image of a grumpy-yet-hilariously-entertaining-English-comedian dressed in what looks like a handmade dragon costume (who performs magic tricks with his doggie in tow) then you simply don’t have your finger on the pulse of the comedy scene.

Piff rose to fame as the stand out star of season 10 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” earning high praise from judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern before reaching the top 10 in the finals.

Since then, Piff has made Las Vegas his home, where he has a residency at The Flamingo casino on a regular basis.

Al Gini and Book Cover - The Importance of Being Funny
The Main Edge

When E. B. White said “analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog; few people are interested and the frog dies,” he hadn’t seen Al Gini’s hilarious, incisive, and informative take on jokes, joke-telling, and the jokers who tell jokes. For Gini, humor is more than just foolish fun: it serves as a safety valve for dealing with reality that gives us the courage to endure that which we cannot understand or avoid. Not everyone tells jokes. Not everyone gets a joke, even a good one. But, Gini argues, joke-telling can act as both a sword and a shield to defend us from reality. As the late, great stand-up comic Joan Rivers put it: ‘If you can laugh at it, you can live with it!’ 

Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics at the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. For over twenty-seven years he was the Resident Philosopher on National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM, and can currently be heard on WGN/Tribune Radio. His newest book is The Importance of Being Funny: Why We Need More Jokes In Our Lives.

Sam Wasson is the author of five books including the best-selling "Fosse" and "Fifth Avenue, 5 AM: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman."

His new book, "Improv Nation," shares the history of a uniquely American art form that has never been more popular.

At the height of the McCarthy era, an experimental theater troupe set up shop in a bar near the University of Chicago. Via word-of-mouth, astonished crowds packed the ad-hoc venue to see its unscripted, interactive, consciousness-raising style. From this unlikely seed grew the Second City, the massively influential comedy theater troupe, and its offshoots—the Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, "SNL," and a slew of others.

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "I, Tonya" and "The Shape of Water"

Upcoming:

  • Neko Case - The Academy of Music, Northampton, Mass., Thursday 1/11, 8 PM; The Egg, Albany, Monday 1/15, 7 PM
  • "Fit to Kill" - Curtain Call Theatre, Latham, preview Thursday 1/11 at 7:30 PM; opens Friday 1/12 at 8 PM; through February 10
  • The Elvis Birthday Bash with Mark Gamsjager & The Lustre Kings - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 1/12, 9 PM
  • Chris Smither - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday-Saturday 1/12-13 at 8 PM
  • All Stars: High School Artists in Saratoga, Fulton, Montgomery Counties - Saratoga Arts, Main Gallery, Saratoga Springs, opens Saturday 1/13 reception 3-5 PM, through February 10
  • WAR - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 1/13, 8 PM
  • Schenectady Symphony Orchestra: Winter Dances - Featuring music of David Keen w/an original silent film; Georges Bizet; Edward Green - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Sunday 1/14, 3 PM
  • Kapwani Kiwanga’s Afrogalactica - EMPAC Theater, RPI, Troy, Tuesday 1/16, 7 PM
  • Walk the Moon - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Wednesday 1/17, 8 PM
  • David Brooks - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Wednesday 1/18, 7:30 PM

New movies: "Proud Mary," "The Commuter," "The Post," "Call Me By Your Name," "Paddington 2"

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Darkest Hour," "All the Money in the World"

Upcoming:

  • Anders Parker and Cloud Badge - The Low Beat, Albany, Thursday 1/4, 8 PM
  • Slambovian Circus of Dreams - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 1/5, 8 PM
  • Josh Gondelman - The Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs, Friday 1/5 & Saturday 1/6 at 7:30, 9:30 PM
  • "Chicago: The Musical" - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Friday 1/5 through Sunday 1/7, various times
  • "Cinderella Tales" - Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany, Friday 1/5 at 7 PM; Saturday-Sunday 1/6-7 at 3 PM; thru Jan. 15
  • Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 1/6, 8 PM
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s Fifth with Richard O’Neill, viola - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 1/6 at 7:30 PM, Sunday 1/7 at 3 PM
  • Black Label Society - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Sunday 1/7, 8 PM

New movies: "I, Tonya," "Molly’s Game," "Insidious: The Last Key"

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

Upcoming:

  • NRBQ - The Hangar on the Hudson, Troy, Friday 12/29, 8 PM
  • Twiddle - Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 12/30 at 7:30 PM; Sunday 12/31 at 8 PM
  • Berkshire Bach Ensemble: Bach at New Year’s - Academy of Music, Northampton, Mass., Saturday 12/30, 7:30 PM; Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Sunday 12/31, 6 PM; Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Monday 1/1, 3 PM
  • MOPCO’s New Year’s Eve Family Show & Ball Drop - MOPCO, Schenectady, Sunday 12/31, 7 PM
  • Byron Nilsson & Malcolm Kogut’s Songs to Amuse: It’s Lonely at the Top - Steamer NO. 10 Theatre, Albany, Sunday 12/31, 7 PM
  • New Year’s Eve with Mirk, The Late Shift - The Hollow, Albany, Sunday 12/31, 8 PM
  • Glenn David Andrews - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Sunday 12/31, 9 PM
  • First Night of Funny (Clean) - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 12/31, 9 PM
  • First Night of Funny (“Blue”, aka Uncensored) - Cohoes Music Hall, Sunday 12/31, 8 PM The Egg, Albany, Sunday 12/31, 8:30 PM
  • First Night of Funny (Unknown) - Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Mass., Sunday 12/31, 8 PM Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Sunday 12/31, 8 PM

He has dazzled audiences of theater, television and film for decades and has earned two Tony Awards, two Daytime Emmy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and numerous other accolades and nominations. The incomparable Nathan Lane will be live on stage for an evening of conversation and Q&A at Proctors on November 10th. 

The evening will begin with a showing of one of his most defining and hilarious films, "The Birdcage," followed by a live moderated discussion.

"Smile! You're on Candid Camera!" Over eight different decades, nearly everyone who watches TV can happily relate to that phrase. Now Peter Funt, the show’s host, brings it to life in a show featuring clips, quips and great fun! “Candid Camera’s 8 Decades of Smiles! With Peter Funt,” is coming to the Wood Theater in Glens Falls, NY. The stage comedy is blended with a behind-the-scenes peek at the show’s funniest moments.

Created by Peter’s father, Allen Funt, "Candid Camera" is the only entertainment program to have produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades – from Allen’s start on TV in August, 1948, through Peter’s run on TV Land last year.

Using "Candid Camera’s" vast library, Peter showcases decades of fun and reveals what happened when the cameras weren’t rolling. Peter Funt joins us.

Demetri Martin
Demetri Martin

Writer, actor, comedian, film director and all-around smart guy Demetri Martin is mounting a 40-city stand-up tour this fall. The Conan O’Brien and Daily Show alum recently directed and starred in his first feature film, Dean. He also had a Comedy Central series called Important Things. The standup tour Let’s Get Awkward will bring Martin to The Egg in Albany on October 6 at 8 p.m.

Comedian Kevin McCaffrey will be headlining Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors tomorrow night.

McCaffrey made his network TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman in November 2013, and was hired to write and warm-up for the show for the remainder of its run.

In addition to Letterman, Kevin has also written for VH1, National Lampoon, Fuse TV, and various celebrity awards shows. Kevin hosts College Stories with Kevin McCaffrey, a weekly podcast talking to comics, writers, and actors about their stay in college, and their best/funniest/craziest stories from that time.

Mario Cantone is back for another hilarious night of comedy and music at Bearsville Theater on September 16th as part of the 5th Annual Woodstock Comedy Festival. From Liza Minnelli to Julia Childs, come see Mario's best impressions, stories, music and all new jokes. 

Mario is a Tony nominated comedian who is best known for his role as Anthony on the hit HBO series Sex and the City is also an accomplished stage actor and singer. He has performed on Broadway in Shakespeare’s The TempestLove! Valor! Compassion!Assassins, and his one-man show, Laugh Whore.

Besides his acting career, he has conquered the comedy scene performing as a standup and impressionist in venues like Carnegie Hall.

Theatre On The Road

Sep 7, 2017

Theatre on the Road is the creation of Frank and Kristen Marquette. They have been producing public and private theatrical events since 1998.

Under the name Murder Café, the Marquettes had an 11 year run in Las Vegas where they specialized in corporate entertainment with an emphasis on comedy murder mysteries. Frank and Kristen returned to their native New York State in 2009 and brought Murder Café with them.

Since returning to New York, the Maruqettes created Theatre on the Road to bring educational performances to schools, historic sites, and local theaters.

Theatre on the Road’s performance venues include The Vanderbilt House in Philmont, The Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, Bannerman Island Castle, the Pride of the Hudson in Newburgh, Dutch’s Spirits in Pine Plains, Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, and Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz.

Their fall shows include Whiskey Women and War of the Worlds.

Local improv company Happier Valley Comedy has a new addition to their Comedy School line up of classes for this Fall. Family Improv is a six-week class held on Sunday afternoons beginning in September and is geared to kids 8-12 and their adults.

Family Improv gives families the opportunity to laugh with a loved one and bond over fun improvisation games and exercises. The Family Improv curriculum is guided by the principles of acceptance, mindfulness, quieting judgment of self and others, and strengthening communication, all while having a blast playing together. 

Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in the Pioneer Valley, and offers a full curriculum improv school, regular improv comedy shows, and the "Through Laughter" program for professional and personal development. Happier Valley Comedy was founded in 2015 by Pam Victor in her quest to make the Happy Valley happier. 

Paula Poundstone is a popular panelist on NPR’s weekly comedy quiz program Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!. She tours regularly, performing standup throughout the country. Poundstone was the first woman ever to share the stage with the President as host at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Her new book is The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.

She will perform at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA at the Fairview Hospital Gala on September 16, at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on October 13, and at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on October 14.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Wind River, Logan Lucky,The Midwife

Upcoming:
Joe Magnerelli & Stacy Dillard with Sketches of Influence - Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, Thursday 8/24, 7:30 and 9 PM
Earth, Wind & Fire (with opening comedian JB Smoove) - SPAC, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 8/24, 7:30 PM
Disney’s The Lion King Jr.: Park Playhouse Kids Production - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Thursday 8/24 at 2 PM; Friday 8/25–Saturday 8/26 at 2 and 7 PM
The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! - MASS MoCA presents at the Harriman-West Airport, North Adams, Mass., Friday 8/25, 8 PM
Ephrat Asherie Dance - PS 21, Chatham, Friday 8/25 and Saturday 8/26 at 8 PM
Chasing The Tale - Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany, opens Saturday 8/26 (through Feb. 26, 2018); reception September 15, 5:30-7:30 PM
Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Casey James with Courtney Maginnis and Guest - Underground at Proctors, Schenectady, Saturday 8/26, 8 PM
Trio Solisti perform music of Dvorak, Jennifer Higdon and Schubert - Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, Sunday 8/27, 4 PM
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company - (Made in the Shade of) The Egg, Albany, Wednesday 8/30, noon
Annie - Capitol Park After Dark, NYS Capitol, Albany, Wednesday 8/30, 8 PM

New movies: Brigsby Bear, Ingrid Goes West, Good Time, Leap!

David Sedaris
Ingrid Christie

David Sedaris is the author of the books Let's Explore Diabetes with OwlsSquirrel Seeks ChipmunkWhen You Are Engulfed in FlamesDress Your Family in Corduroy and DenimMe Talk Pretty One DayHolidays on IceNaked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4.

The beloved author and humorist will be at Tanglewood on Sunday, August 20 at 8p.m. 

His new book is Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002).

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: The Dark Tower, Atomic Blonde

Upcoming:

Godspell 2012 - Theater Barn, New Lebanon, opens 8/10 (Thursday) at 8 PM, through August 20.

The Philadelphia Orchestra American Classics - SPAC, Saratoga Springs - 8/10 (Thursday), 8 PM, All-Gershwin program featuring Marcus Roberts Trio; 8/11 (Friday), 8 PM, Ives, Metheny & Mays, Dvorak program featuring Christopher Deviney (vibraphone) & She-e Wu (marimba)

Spamalot - Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, opens 8/10 (Thursday) at 2 and 8 PM, through August 20.

Suzanne Vega, the DuPont Brothers - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, 8/11 (Friday), 9 PM

Capitolfest (Vintage Film Festival) highlighting films starring Fay Wray - Capitol Theatre, Rome, 8/11 (Friday) through 8/13 (Sunday)

Tracy Morgan - Funny Bone Comedy Club at Crossgates Mall, Guilderland, 8/12 (Saturday), 7 and 10 PM

The Stick Men featuring Tony Levin - Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, 8/12 (Saturday), 6:30 & 8:30 PM

Banjo Revelry VI - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 8/12 (Saturday), 8 PM

Buddy Guy - The Egg, Albany 8/15 (Tuesday), 7:30 PM

Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet - EMPAC Theater, Troy, 8/16 (Wednesday), 8 PM

New movies: The Glass Castle, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, The Midwife, City of Ghosts, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, Annabelle: Creation


  Mischief Theatre’s The Play That Goes Wrong has been doing so on Broadway since March of this year.

 

In the play, it’s opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines) - the mad-cap romp meticulously disintegrates at The Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play, The Play That Goes Wrong is directed by Mark Bell and written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields. Lewis, Sayer, and Shields also star -- and two of the actor/co-creators -- Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer - sat down with us in New York City.

Tony Hale as Clark Hill in Brave New Jersey
BONDIT, THE SHOT CLOCK, GRAVITAS VENTURES

In the new film Brave New Jersey, Tony Hale plays Mayor Clark Hill - a sweet and subservient man who finds the drive to pursue what he’s always wanted when Orson Welle’s War of the Worlds radio broadcast in 1938 convinces his town that it may be the last night of their lives.

Hale is best known as the youngest Bluth brother, Buster, on the now-Netflix-formerly-Fox favorite Arrested Development and as Selina Meyer’s personal-aide and bag-man on HBO’s Veep.

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